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Mastering the Art of Crostini: Your Ultimate Guide to Crafting Homemade Delights

Welcome to the ultimate guide to crafting homemade crostini! If you've ever wondered how to create those perfectly crispy, golden little toasts that serve as the perfect base for a myriad of toppings, then you're in the right place. In this comprehensive guide, we'll walk you through Hawley’s Harvest’s exclusive goat cheese crostini recipe and everything you need to know to become a crostini master. From selecting the best bread to mastering the art of toasting and topping, we've got you covered. Get ready to elevate your appetizer game and impress your guests with this irresistible homemade delight!


  • French baguette

  • Parmesan cheese

  • Goat cheese

  • Pesto

  • Cherry Tomatoes

  • Hawley’s Harvest Butter Extra Virgin Olive Oil

  • Hawley’s Harvest Basil Extra Virgin Olive Oil

  • Hawley’s Harvest Black Garlic Dark Balsamic Vinegar

  • Hawley's Harvest Parmesean Garlic Rosemary Extra Virgin Olive Oil (If desired)

  • Hawley's Harvest Fig Dark Balsamic Vinegar (If desired)


  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

  2. Slice French baguette, spray or brush with Hawley’s Harvest Butter Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and sprinkle with parmesan.

  3. Cook the bread in the oven for 6-8 minutes, remove and let cool.

  4. Spread goat cheese, add a drop of pesto, and ½ a cherry tomato onto each slice of bread.

  5. Drizzle with Hawley’s Harvest Basil Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Black Garlic Dark Balsamic Vinegar.


Choosing the Perfect Bread for Crostini


When it comes to crafting the perfect crostini, selecting the right bread is key. Opt for a crusty loaf, such as a baguette or rustic Italian bread, that will yield crispy slices with a soft interior. The bread's texture plays a crucial role in achieving the desired crispness, so aim for a loaf that is slightly stale or day-old for best results. Using a serrated knife, slice the bread on the bias into thin, even slices, maximizing surface area for toasting.


Mastering the Art of Toasting


Toasting the bread is where the magic happens. Preheat your oven to 400°F and arrange the bread slices in a single layer on a baking sheet. Brush each slice with Hawley’s Harvest Butter Extra Virgin Olive Oil and bake for 6-8 minutes or until golden and crisp. Keep a close eye on the toasts to prevent burning, as they can go from golden to burnt in a matter of seconds.


Delicious Crostini Topping Ideas


Now comes the fun part – topping your crostini with an array of delicious ingredients! From classic goat cheese to decadent pesto, the topping possibilities are endless. Start by drizzling each crostini with Hawley’s Harvest Basil and Black Garlic Dark Balsamic Vinegar. Get creative with your toppings, combining flavors and textures for a memorable culinary experience.


Making Crostini Ahead of Time


Planning a party or gathering? You'll be glad to know that crostini can be made ahead of time! Once cooled, store the crostini in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two days. To reheat, simply place the crostini on a baking sheet and bake in a 350°F oven for 5-7 minutes, or until warmed through and crispy. With this make-ahead option, you'll have more time to focus on preparing your delicious toppings and entertaining your guests.


Congratulations, you're now a crostini connoisseur! Armed with these tips and techniques, you'll be well-equipped to impress your friends and family with homemade crostini at your next gathering. To take your crostini game to the next level, why not try pairing them with Hawley's Harvest Basil Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Black Garlic Dark Balsamic Vinegar? With their rich, flavorful profiles, these exquisite ingredients will elevate your crostini from ordinary to extraordinary. Whether you're serving them as an appetizer, snack, or party hors d'oeuvre, these crispy little toasts are guaranteed to be a hit. So go ahead, get slicing, toasting, and topping – and prepare to elevate your entertaining game with the ultimate homemade crostini!

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