Crostini have but one key role in life, and that is to be the toast for all the delicious toppings. At JUK we have a few firm favourites, these three being among them. So make your next party a crostini party!
Preheat your oven to 160°C. Slice a stale baguette or loaf of bread into slices around half a centimetre wide. Toss slices in a few generous glugs of olive oil, and season with a little salt. Spread out on an oven tray and bake for 15–20 minutes, until crispy and lightly golden. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
Tomato & basil bruschetta
Rub crostini with half a garlic clove. In a bowl mix together quartered cherry tomatoes, shredded basil leaves and finely diced red onion. Add a splash of red wine vinegar and a dash of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Spoon tomato mixture plus some of the juices onto crostini, and serve straight away.
Smashed pea, avocado & feta crostini
In a small bowl, roughly mash half a cup of cooked peas, half a cup of cooked edamame beans, half an avocado and 50g of crumbled feta. Add the zest and juice of 1 lemon, half a teaspoon of toasted fennel seeds and plenty of salt and pepper to season. Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary. Top with pea tendrils and thin slices of radish for a pop of contrasting colour.
Marinated courgette & cream cheese crostini
Thinly ribbon lengths of courgette, and place in a small bowl with the zest and juice of 1 lemon, plus salt and pepper to season. Slather your crostini with cream cheese, top with coils of courgette and garnish with finely sliced fresh mint.