I am one of those people who absolutely love to entertain. However, I hate being stuck in the kitchen—I want to be out there mingling with family and friends! This is where the DIY Crostini Bar comes in. You can have everything for the crostinis prepped and set up before your guests arrive. And once the party starts, your guests can serve themselves, and you can relax and enjoy!
Plus, having your own homemade crostini bar is also just kind of fun. There are so many different toppings that you can include as part of the spread. And your guests can pick and choose based on their own tastes. It’s a win-win! With New Year’s Eve and the Super Bowl both around the corner, now is the perfect time to give these crostinis a try.
How to Make DIY Crostini Bar
You can really get creative with your ideas for a crostini bar, but here are our suggestions to get you started.
To toast your bread, slice a baguette into ½-¾ inch thick slices, arrange slices in a single layer on a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and lightly brush or spray each slice with some olive oil. Bake bread slices in the oven at 400°F for about 10–15 minutes or until toasted and golden brown. Make sure to keep an eye on them so they don’t burn!
Mild spreads will help your crostini toppings stay on top of your bread slices. For the base spread, I like to offer at least two options. Some of my favorites are a white bean spread, plain hummus, or some ricotta cheese mixed with a little olive oil, salt, and pepper.
The sky’s the limit for topping ideas, but I like to have at least one or two options from each of the following categories:
- Roasted Veggies—Brussels sprouts, tomatoes, a seasonal medley
- Sliced Raw Veggies—green onions, radishes, cucumbers, fresh herbs
- Jams or Chutneys—anything goes, both sweet and savory
- Fresh and Dried Fruit—sliced apple, sliced pear, dried figs, dried cranberries
- Cheese—crumbled goat cheese, grated parmesan
- Nuts—sliced almonds, pine nuts, smoked nuts, candied nuts
- Briny/Salty Options—sliced roasted red peppers, pickled veggies, olive tapenade, pesto
- Garnishes to Drizzle—honey, maple syrup, balsamic glaze
Another perk of a crostini bar is that the whole spread can be as homemade (or not) as you like. Most of the components can be easily store bought or made from scratch—the choice is completely up to you!