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Monday, 9 June 2008

Easy Party Crostini

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After puddings and desserts, my favourite things to eat are little savoury nibbles. The first thing I do at a party is to sidle over to the food and check out the appetizers/hors'doeuvres/cocktail bites/canapes or whatever you want to call them. Then I usually make a mental note of my favourites to make at home.

The simple ones are usually the most popular - which is good because you can make a ton of them to satisfy your guests.

These little crostini were made from day-old French bread, which was sliced, and the slices were then cut in half again. Brush them with olive oil and crushed garlic, then grill them on both sides until golden. Slice or crumble your choice of blue cheese on the top, add a sun dried tomato and a basil leaf. I like the tomatoes that come in the olive oil with herbs.

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My crostini nibbles are off to a party, being hosted by What's For Lunch Honey? Appetizers & Hors'Doeuvres!
Hope to see you there!!

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34 comments:

Passionate baker...& beyond said...

Thanks for such superb stuff Nic...I'm sitting here nibbling at my screen!! These are really pretty; savoury nibbles are my weakness & these are stunning. Will have to make sun dried tomatoes soon...:0)

Jan said...

Oooh now they look good! I love things like that - savoury nibbly bits.

Aran said...

those look delicious nic...

Raquel said...

Mmmmmmmmmmm . ...Now, that looks great!

Grace said...

you say "sun-dried tomatoes" and i say "yes please." what a great little nosh--sophisticated yet approachable. :)

Mansi Desai said...

These look so beautiful Nic, just like all your desserts! pears and sun-deried tomatoes are indeed a great combination! thanks for sharing this with us!:)

Patricia Scarpin said...

These are so adorable, Nemmie! I love tiny food, too. And who can resist cheese, bread, tomato and basil together? :)

michelle @ TNS said...

nibbles...i could live on nibbles. damn my husband, who is convinced that nibbles do not a meal make.

myfrenchkitchen said...

what beautiful crostini...I have all of this in my house. I wonder if it is allowed to make some for a midnight snack? Delicious and like always, such appetizing photography!
ronell

cookinpanda said...

Simple and delicious. And yes, those sun dried tomatoes are great.

Kevin said...

Those look good and sound really tasty!

giz said...

The combination is great - the colours are great - the first picture even looks like an eagle in flight.

Sue said...

That looks really good Nic...

nicisme said...

Passionate baker - thank you! Bet they would be even better with your home-made sun dried tomatoes.

Jan - I love 'em too!

Aran - thank you!

Raquel - thanks!

Grace - most things with sun dried toms are delicious!

Mansi - I didn't use pears but I think they would be pretty good too!

Patricia - it's a good combo, thank you!

Michelle - there's always one that has to spoil things, lol!

Ronell - thank you and yes, a midnight snack is definitely allowed!

Cookinpanda - thank you!

Kevin - thanks so much!

Giz - an eagle? I think you've had too much cheese, lol, or I must be looking at a different pic!

Thanks Sue!

Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm) said...

I hope this platter is FULL, because I will eat quite a few myself. Blue cheese in any form, is right up my alley!!!

Ann said...

Oh, swoon - we could so eat together. I love small bites - i.e., tapas or whatnot. But slap on some garlic and blue cheese and sun dried tomato? I'm IN! Great combo here. Plus, adorable.

My Sweet & Saucy said...

Crostinis are the perfect party food! I almost always make one for a party I'm throwing! These look delicious!

LyB said...

I love sun dried tomatoes, and cheese, and bread, so these are perfect for me!

Lisa said...

What lovely crostini! Also a great idea for the leftover's in my pantry and fridge. I think I'll make them for tonight's dinner, some with mozzarella and some with blue cheese...

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

Your photos are just stunning! Whatever you make just jumps off the screen. What a talent!

I love the nibbles best too. That way, I get to try more different foods. Your crostini look delicious. I would choose a creamy gorgonzola!

farida said...

Simple and delicious! Great post. Your pictures are gorgeous!

Ann said...

Crostini is one of our go-to dinners in the summer. Your flavor combination really makes those crostini sing!

Holler said...

Mmmmmm, lovely! Can I come to your next party please :)

Bellini Valli said...

I prefer the appetizer tray to the sweets Nic. These look delicious as always.Also I have tagged the first 5 people who commented on my last post for a MEME..I hope you don't mind, even if you just check out my answers I will be a happy camper:D

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

Great combination. Just my kind of crostini...

Margaret said...

I wish I could eat one of those 'horses douvres'!!!
That's what I used to call them when I was a child.
The flavour combo is perfect and the photo stunning - as ever.

Susan from Food Blogga said...

They may be small in size, but they look big in taste! Plus they're just so pretty.

diva said...

beautiful!

i'm likin the way that blue cheese is looking at me.

Passionate baker...& beyond said...

Hi there Nic...am back again; have tagged you & it's not a bad one!! Cheers girl!!

Pam said...

This looks so good - my mouth is watering! YUM!

Jeanne said...

Oh, how lovely! I adore nibbles too - but for some reason I seldom make them. One quick tecchi question - what camera & lens are you using? I love your use of DOF!

nicisme said...

Many thanks for all the super comments!
Deeba - thanks for the tag (not!) lol, you bad girl!!!
And Valli - I'll try and do it soon!
Jeanne - I am using a little Canon PowerShot A640, it's not a fancy SLR - although I would love one. So hubby, if you read this.....

Rose&Thorn said...

I love the little tomato butterfly! I just wanted to reach out and grab it!

Jeanne said...

Hmmm, a Powershot A640... I am a huge fan of the Powershot range - had an A80 that died and that I still miss. Now have a Powershot A720i that I also love (fab macro function), but these days I tend only to use my SLR for food photos. Maybe I shoudl shoot a few posts with the compact :)