Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Good Ideas: Christmas Crostini

Here is an easy appetizer that you can make a few hours ahead so you can concentrate on the main dish at Christmas.

These little crostini are festive and colorful and travel well, in case you need to bring an appetizer to someone's home for the holidays.

Stacey's Christmas Crostini:

Basil pesto (you can use store bought)
Sundried tomato pesto (recipe to follow)
Goat cheese
Kalamata olives, sliced into quarters
1 baguette, sliced

For the sundried tomato pesto:

1 cup of sundried tomatoes
a few tbsp of olive oil
sea salt & pepper
1 garlic clove

In a small food processor or chopper, pulse the sundried tomatoes, garlic and enough olive oil to make a spreadable paste (about 4 tbsp worked for me). Season with a pinch of sea salt and pepper. Pesto can be made 4 days in advance and kept in the fridge (the leftovers are great on pasta, just add some more olive oil, as needed).

Slice the baguette into thin slices. Spread with some goat cheese, then a small spoonful of basil pesto on one side, and a small mound of the sundried tomato pesto on the other.

Place a sliver of kalamata olive down the center and serve.

Enjoy and happy holidays!

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Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

Appetizers with traveling music. Just what I need to take to dinner at my BIL's house on Saturday. Thanks for the beautiful suggestion Stacey. It might even steal the show (smile).

Claudia said...

You know what I love - I come here and have all the ingredients in my fridge! I usually serve the different pestos with tortellini for a celebration. Fun to have these on a crostini - with then olive in the middle not knowing which way to go. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas - may your weekend be filled with joy.

Oui, Chef said...

Oohhh...I can taste these vibrant little lovelies just by looking at the screen, great idea!

Dana said...

So pretty! I've passed appetizer duty off to someone else but now I might just have to include these.

Joanne said...

Aww red white and green! And all of my favorite antipasto flavors!

kat said...

What a yummy combination & the colors are great

Rachel said...

I made these for Christmas and they were a big hit! So easy! Thank you for making my life easier this holiday season!


Christine said...

I could so some serious damage (to my waistline) with those! Your Kalamatas are huge! Or are the Crostini really tiny?