Beef Crostini with Pesto Mayonnaise

Beef Crostini are perfect when you're looking to serve a hearty appetizer. The pesto mayonnaise is a tasty topping.

  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 50 min
  • Servings 24

Ingredients

1 1/4
pounds beef tenderloin
1
tablespoon olive or vegetable oil
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/2
teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
1/2
teaspoon crushed dried rosemary leaves
1/4
cup basil pesto
1/4
cup mayonnaise or salad dressing
24
diagonally cut slices (1/2-inch-thick) baguette-style French bread (from 10-ounce loaf)
3
tablespoons olive or vegetable oil
24
small fresh basil leaves
  • 1 Heat oven to 450°. Place beef in ungreased shallow baking pan. Brush with 1 tablespoon oil; sprinkle all sides with salt, pepper and rosemary. Insert meat thermometer so tip is in thickest part of beef. Bake uncovered 20 to 25 minutes or until thermometer reads at least 140°. Cover beef with aluminum foil and let stand 10 to 15 minutes until thermometer reads 145°.
  • 2 While beef is baking, mix pesto and mayonnaise in small bowl.
  • 3 Reduce oven temperature to 400°. Brush bread slices with 3 tablespoons oil. Place in ungreased jelly roll pan, 15 1/2x10 1/2x1 inch. Bake 6 to 8 minutes or until crisp.
  • 4 Meanwhile, cut beef into thin slices. Top each bread slice with beef and 1 teaspoon pesto mayonnaise. Garnish with basil leaf. Arrange appetizers on serving platter.

Expert Tips

If you don't want to roast the beef, it's fine to purchase sliced Italian roast beef at the deli. You'll need to cut the pieces to fit the bread.

The beef can be roasted up to 24 hours in advance. Wrap tightly and store in the refrigerator until serving.

Garnish the serving platter with fresh basil and rosemary, and Italian olives.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Appetizer
Calories
105
(
Calories from Fat
65),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
7g
7%
(Saturated Fat
2g,
2%
),
Cholesterol
15mg
15%;
Sodium
150mg
150%;
Total Carbohydrate
5g
5%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
),
Protein
6g
6%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
2%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
2%;
Iron
4%;
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 1 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
0
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.