Recipe: Artichoke-Mozzarella Crostini


Artichoke-Mozzarella Crostini, Courtesy: www.marthastewart.com
Artichoke-Mozzarella Crostini, Courtesy: Food Mingle Blog

Crostini (“little crusts” in Italian) are an appetizer consisting of small slices of grilled or toasted bread and various toppings.  Most often, they are topped with a tomato-based mixture, with herbs and spices.

This crostini recipe, however, features artichokes. These were a hit at a recent holiday get together with friends!  I found the recipe on http://www.marthastewart.com. The original recipe was for Artichoke-Parmesan Crostini.  However, I substituted shredded, mozzarella for the shredded Parmesan, because it has a smoother taste and seems to melt better.  I quadrupled the recipe and it worked out great!

 

Ingredients:
8 slices (1/4 inch thick) baguette
2 Tbsp. olive oil
Coarse salt and ground pepper
1 jar (6 1/2 ounces) marinated artichoke hearts, drained, rinsed, and patted dry
1/4 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
1/8 cup chopped fresh parsley

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Make crostini: Brush baguette slices on both sides with a total of 1 tablespoon oil; season with salt and pepper. Place on a baking sheet, and bake, turning over once, until golden, 10 minutes. Let cool.
  3. Meanwhile, make topping: Finely chop artichokes, and combine in a bowl with Mozzarella, parsley, and remaining tablespoon oil.
  4. Dividing evenly, spoon topping onto crostini.
  5. Return crostini back to oven to melt the cheese.

Food Mingle Blog Alternatives and Substitutions:

  • The original recipe did not return the crostini to the oven to melt the cheese, but I prefer it melted, so I added that last step.
  • Next time, I would also roast some garlic and rub it on the toasted bread, for added depth of flavor.
  • Slice the baguette at an angle; this will not only look appealing, but it will also give you more surface area on which to place the artichoke topping.

Yield: 8 crostini

Source:  adapted from http://www.marthastewart.com (artichoke-parmesan crostini)

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2 thoughts on “Recipe: Artichoke-Mozzarella Crostini

  1. Sophie - cookingtrips December 23, 2015 / 11:22 am

    I was just saying to myself that I was missing your lovely original recipes, and here you are, posting a very nice and fresh idea for appetizers! Thanks Nancy; and have a wonderful Christmas!

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