Jim Franco
Makes 20 to 25

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.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 400°.

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 4

Cool completely. Top with Creamy Blue Cheese Spread and Caramelized Onion Relish, and serve immediately.

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