This homemade crostini recipe uses a minimal amount of ingredients (5 to be exact), which come together to make something so delicious.
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These mini bruschetta bites are the perfect appetizer for a party. The starter is impressive and is suitable for all (hello vegans) and you can also make all the components ahead of time. Also it’s super affordable!
I’ve named this a crostini recipe due to its size, as they often use smaller pieces of bread that are also oven-baked. The toppings and flavours are inspired by the famous Italian Bruschetta though, which is why I’ve also titled it Bruschetta Bites.
I used a French stale baguette for this recipe, as you want a longer/thinner piece of bread to form the small rounds of the crostini bread. You can also use Italian ciabatta for a more traditional bruschetta.
As the tomatoes are the main star of the show on the toasted baguette, we want them to be as high quality/flavour as possible. I find on-the-vine tomatoes to be juicier and richer in flavour. You can also use cherry tomatoes as they are also so flavoursome.
The onion adds a nice contrast to all the other flavours in the bruschetta. You can use white or red onion here.
See the recipe card for full information on ingredients and quantities.
2. Spread the pieces of bread onto a baking tray (Image 2).
3. Add the minced garlic to a chopping board with a pinch of salt. Using the side of your knife, repeatedly squish and drag the knife across the board until the garlic forms a paste (Image 3).
4. Once the tomatoes are chopped, you will need to pour them into a sieve and set aside to release the excess liquid, before adding them to a bowl (Image 4).
5. Combine the garlic paste and olive oil in a small mixing bowl/jug. Season with a generous pinch of salt. Lightly brush the mini baguette pieces in the garlic oil (using approx half of the oil) (Image 5).
6. Mix the tomatoes and onion in a bowl (excess juices now released), stirring the remaining garlic oil into the bowl. Season with additional salt if needed (Image 6).
7. Pop in the pieces of oil/garlic coated bread slices into the oven for around 7 minutes, until lightly toasted
8. Add the mixture onto the toasted bruschetta bites and top with chopped fresh basil.
Crostini appetizers are smaller toast rounds that are usually baked in the oven with various toppings. Toppings could include ricotta, mushrooms, tomatoes, etc.
Bruschetta on the other hand uses larger pieces of toasted bread, that is topped with a tomato/olive oil/ garlic/salt mix.
I love calling this crostini recipe bruschetta bites as they are inspired by the flavours of bruschetta, but on a crostini piece of bread.
This crostini recipe is perfect to make the elements ahead of a party that you’ll host later that day. You can toast the stale bread in the morning and assemble the tomato/onion/ olive oil mix ahead of time.
Then when your guests are coming over you can simply top each of the bruschetta bites with the tomato mix. Don’t add the tomatoes onto the bread hours, before as this could make the bites soggy!
I wouldn’t prep this recipe a whole day before, as we want the toppings to be as fresh as possible.
Choose the right bread: The best bread for Crostini id French bread or a baguette or Italian ciabatta bread would work well too.
Make sure you slice the bread evenly and you can use a toaster or oven to bake the bread evenly,, but ensure the bread rounds don’t burn!
Fresh vine tomatoes or cherry tomatoes are the best for flavour and basil my favourite herb to top the bruschetta with.
This recipe makes about 30 mini bruschetta bites, which can serve about 6-8 people as a starter.
Depending on dietary needs I would serve some dips, tortilla chips, cheese platters and vegetable crudites. Some parma ham/prosciutto and salami slices would also work well with the bruschetta bites starters.
Yes you can add some sun-dried tomatoes instead of fresh tomatoes, some parmesan shavings and some black olives.
If you tried this Crostini Recipe (Mini Bruschetta Bites) recipe, it would be mean so much to me if you could leave a review & a star rating to let me know how you found it! I love hearing about your experiences – it motivates me to keep creating more and more recipes for you guys 💛 Let’s get cooking! – Mimi x