Sometimes you just want a snack. Maybe you are hungry and you don’t want to take the time to create a huge meal, or maybe you want to serve some kind of appetizer to dinner guests… whatever you are looking for crostini is the answer.
Need a new job? Crostini.
Boyfriend dumped you? Crostini.
See how that works? Not only that but Crostini is the perfect answer for anything.
“Mom, where is my homework?” …”Crostini!”
“Ma’am, were you aware you were doing 45 mph over the speed limit?”…. “Crostini?”
“You are fired.” ….”Crostini.”
Crostini is fun.
The only word I like better at the moment is artichoke, so imagine my joy at being able to put the two in the same sentence.
This is a seriously simple appetizer that you can whip up at a moment’s notice. Everyone is going to think you slaved forever creating it or else bought an expensive jar of gourmet goodness. Let ‘em think what they want…we know the truth.
Recipe: Artichoke and Parmesan Crostini
Summary: Quick, easy, and deliciously impressive
- 1 baguette
- 1 cup marinated artichoke hearts
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1/2 c Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
- 2 slices of crisp bacon, chopped..optional
- Olive oil
- Slice the baguette into 1/2-inch thick slices
- Brush with olive oil
- Add garlic and artichoke hearts to a food processor or chop finely.
- Saute in pan for 5 minutes, stirring.
- Remove from heat and add cheese and bacon.
- Carefully toast baguettes slices under the broiler.
- When golden around the edges flip and brush the other side with oil.
- Add about a tablespoon of artichoke mixture to each slice.
- Broil briefly just to warm.
Add 1/2 c chopped kalamata olives
Add 1 c chopped, fresh baby spinach
Cooking time (duration): 15
Number of servings (yield): 12-16
Meal type: hors d’oerves
Culinary tradition: Italian
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Serving size 1 slice
Images:(c) marye audet 2011