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Photo: Greg DuPree; Prop Styling: Mindi Shapiro

Active time 6 mins
Total time 20 mins

Serves 8

Layer fresh, flavorful toppings on crisp, butter-brushed toast for a sensational party starter that comes together in just 20 minutes. Our favorite crostini options include shaved radish, pesto and corn, smoked trout, tomato and black-eyed pea relish, and ham and mustard. Wine Pairings: If you really want to be the toast of the town, serve these apps with the right red and white. Firstleaf, a new wine club, selected three bottles to complement our recipes. Sign up and get this trio for $29.95;


  • 24 (1/2-inch-thick) diagonally cut baguette slices
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Arrange baguette slices in a single layer on a baking sheet. Brush tops with melted butter. Bake in preheated oven until slices are just beginning to brown at edges, about 12 minutes. Remove from oven, and cool to room temperature. Top as desired.