Crostini

Crostini, an Italian appetizer, is crusty bread with different delicious toppings. Here we’ve highlighted fresh tomatoes, basil and mozzarella.

  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 23 min
  • Servings 12

12
slices Italian bread, each 1/2 inch thick
1/4
cup olive or vegetable oil
1
large tomato, chopped (1 cup)
3
tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves
1
tablespoon large capers or chopped ripe olives
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/2
teaspoon pepper
12
slices (1 ounce each) mozzarella cheese

  • 1 Heat oven to 375ºF. Place bread slices on ungreased cookie sheet. Drizzle 1 teaspoon oil over each bread slice.
  • 2 Mix tomato, basil, capers, salt and pepper. Spread half of the tomato mixture over bread slices; top each with cheese slice. Spread remaining tomato mixture over cheese.
  • 3 Bake about 8 minutes or until bread is hot and cheese is melted. Serve hot.

Expert Tips

Prepare and refrigerate tomato topping up to 24 hours ahead. Assemble crostini for baking no longer than 1 hour ahead or the bread will get soggy.

Capers are flower buds from the Mediterranean caper bush. These small buds are picked, dried in the sun and pickled in vinegar brine. They make great additions to salads and appetizers, such as this crostini.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
175
(
Calories from Fat
90 ),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
10 g
10 %
(Saturated Fat
4 g,
4 %
),
Cholesterol
15 mg
15 %;
Sodium
380 mg
380 %;
Total Carbohydrate
12 g
12 %
(Dietary Fiber
1 g
1 %
),
Protein
10 g
10 %
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
6%;
Vitamin C
4%;
Calcium
22%;
Iron
4%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 1 High-Fat Meat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.