25 Easy Crostini and Bruschetta Recipes
Featuring a combination of vegetables, seafood, and cheese, these crunchy bites are a delicious way to start a meal.
Crostini and bruschetta are two appetizers that are guaranteed to please time and time again. The bread—typically smaller slices of baguette or loaf bread for crostini and larger slices of rustic bread for bruschetta—acts as a built-in plate, making them the perfect finger food. They're easy to prepare and provide a base for all kinds of seasonal vegetables, fruit jam, smoked fish, briny condiments, and lots and lots of cheese. These quick and easy appetizer recipes make elevating a meal—even on weeknights—a breeze.
All crostini and bruschetta recipes start with good bread. Slices of baguette, pumpernickel, or a rustic country bread are drizzled with olive oil and baked in the oven or grilled until they're golden brown on the outside but still soft on the inside. From here, some are smeared with cheese—creamy ricotta, tangy, crumbly goat cheese, or even shreds of Manchego, Parmesan, or sharp cheddar. Add vegetables, whether grilled slices or thin shavings of raw produce, or fruit (figs are fantastic!). Then sprinkle with fresh herbs for color and fragrant flavor and dig in.
During summer, there's nothing like tomato-topped bruschetta. We have recipes that call for both raw tomatoes, where the color and flavor of heirloom varieties shine, as well as grilled tomatoes, which bring a smoky, charred flavor. Pair with garlic and basil, of course, for a quintessential Italian recipe. To ensure that the bread doesn't get soggy from the juicy tomatoes, toast the bread for a few extra minutes so that it's extra-crispy, a hallmark of bruschetta.
When the cooler months come around, top crostini or bruschetta with seasonal fruit like kumquats or persimmons or a warm caramelized onion jam. Play around with flavors and textures with these fun and simple recipes.
Roasted-Garlic Toast with Tomato
Mortadella, Artichoke-Heart, and Olive Crostini
Beets with Greens and Ricotta on Toast
Smoked Trout Pâté on Toasted Baguette
Persimmon and Brie Crostini
Cherry and Goat Cheese Bruschetta
Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta
Top grilled garlic-rubbed bread with a rainbow of heirloom tomatoes along with thinly sliced red onion and plenty of fresh basil for the ultimate summer appetizer.
Clams Casino Crostini
Roasted Grape and Burrata Crostini
Upgrade supermarket grapes by roasting them until sizzling and blistered. Serve with creamy burrata cheese for a heavenly appetizer that no one will be able to stop eating.
New Caesar Salad
Chicken-Liver Crostini with Quince Jelly
Grilled Pepper Bruschetta
Spinach Pesto on Sardine Crostini
Creamy ricotta cheese makes a delicious base for all kinds of crostini. Try drizzling with olive oil and cracked pepper or top with tomato-anchovy salad or roasted broccoli rabe.
Minted Pea and Prosciutto Crostini
Melted Chocolate with Fleur de Sel Bruschetta
Luxurious melted chocolate covers crunchy toast in this bruschetta recipe that's just right for a sweet snack or dessert.
Prosciutto, Melon, and Balsamic Vinegar Bruschetta
Charred Carrot Bruschetta with Goat Cheese and Parsley
This colorful bruschetta recipe is topped with a mashup of roasted, charred carrots and tangy goat cheese.
Fava Bean, Mint, and Pecorino Romano Bruschetta
A hint of spice from crushed red pepper complements the fava beans in this bruschetta recipe.
Crostini with Kale and Parmesan
Grilled Tomato Bruschetta
The soft, charred tomatoes and the bread for this bruschetta recipe can both be cooked on the grill.
Gravlax and Cucumber Crostini
Like a bite-size smoked salmon and cucumber tea sandwich! Dijon mayo and plenty of fresh dill round out the flavors in this easy appetizer.