Herb Crostini with Blue Cheese Spread and Caramelized Onion Relish
Crostini is a fresh way to use that leftover half baguette or other bread that's hanging around. Experiment with flavors--try dry spices such as chili powder, cumin, and curry; different herbs; or flavored oils like sesame, walnut, or spicy chili oil. Make crostini 3 days in advance; let cool completely, and store at room temperature in an airtight container. It'll also add a flavorful crunch when served with soup, broken up atop salads, or as an hors d'oeuvre. Prep: 60 minutes, Bake: 10 minutes.
- 1/2 (20- to 25-inch) baguette
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
- 1 tablespoon chopped dill
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- Creamy Blue Cheese Spread
- Caramelized Onion Relish
- 1. Preheat oven to 400°.
- 2. Slice bread into 1/4-inch slices at a slight angle, and arrange in a single layer on a 15- x 10- x 1-inch jellyroll pan or cookie sheet.
- 3. Stir together olive oil and herbs. Brush bread lightly on one side with herb mixture, and sprinkle with sea salt and pepper. Bake at 400° for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown and crunchy.
- 4. Cool completely. Top with Creamy Blue Cheese Spread and Caramelized Onion Relish, and serve immediately.
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