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The Best Thanksgiving Crostinis---AKA the ultimate crowd-pleaser. Picture this: A sliced French baguette loaded with homemade garlicky herb cream cheese, roasted pears, candied pecans, dried cranberries, fresh thyme, pumpkin seeds, and a generous sprinkle of candied bacon, all topped off with a sweet drizzle of raw honey. Totally versatile, totally customizable, and perfect for Thanksgiving or any holiday gathering & beyond. Your new go-to holiday app. Vegan, Vegetarian + Gluten-free option.
I was in my kitchen the other day tinkering and recipe demoing all things Thanksgiving related and felt like I needed more holiday appetizers on Orchids + Sweet Tea---And that's how the Best Thanksgiving Crostinis recipe was born. Inspired by my Fall Harvest Apple Bacon Crostini and The Perfect Vegan Blueberry Crostinis, these bad boys are a flavor explosion and definitely make the most of all the seasonal produce! This Sautéed Lemon Garlic Herb Green Beans recipe is a simple, staple side dish that compliments any Thanksgiving table!
You've got options here—add some candied bacon for an extra wow factor, turning it into Thanksgiving on a baguette, OR skip the bacon and keep it vegetarian or even vegan by choosing dairy-free cream cheese. You can also opt for gluten-free bread. I designed this recipe to be versatile and adaptable, so you can make it just the way you like, depending on what's in your kitchen. Your crostini, your rules!
This holiday crostini recipe is not only super easy but also a blast to make (get the kids involved if you like), and incredibly adaptable for all diets. It's the perfect holiday appetizer that everyone will love—a true crowd-pleaser. Plus, they're just so fun to eat—handheld food for the win!
In essence, crostini are thin, crispy toasts that you may top with whatever you like. The word crostini is Italian for “little toasts” Crostini are often formed from a baguette or other similar bread, drizzled with oil, and baked until crisp. (See below on how to perfectly toast crostini)
They can be topped with cheese, cured meats, or a combination of several other items. These Best Thanksgiving Crostinis are the perfect example of the latter. Wonderful flavors of sweet and savory that blend so seamlessly.
As I said, this crostinis recipe is quick and easy to make. You’ll need
You have the freedom to mix and match ingredients for this crostinis recipe based on your preferences. If you prefer a vegetarian option, feel free to skip the candied bacon. Additionally, if there's an ingredient you're not fond of, you can easily substitute it with something else. The recipe is flexible!
Here, I’ve curated a list of baking essentials that I use to achieve my favorite baked goods, especially with these Thanksgiving Crostinis. Everything from my fave loaf pan, wooden spoons, parchment paper, and more. SEE THEM HERE!
Grab a sharp serrated knife and cut the bread into thin slices. I usually go for a bias cut to make sure each slice has plenty of room for all those delicious toppings!
Combine melted butter, olive oil, dried parsley, and garlic powder in a small bowl. Arrange baguette slices on a baking sheet, brush them with the mixture, and bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes until they turn golden brown and crisp at the edges. Volia!! you have perfectly golden breads!
The toast itself is pretty important in these Thanksgiving Crostini. You want something small enough to hold, tiny enough to eat in two bites, but sturdy enough to hold toppings--The ideal bread for crostinis is a crusty baguette or rustic bread like sourdough. What's great about crostini is that the bread doesn't necessarily have to be fresh. Since you'll be drying it out in the oven, even if it's a bit stale, it's no big deal.
To prevent crostinis from becoming soggy, follow these tips:
Toast the bread properly---Ensure that the bread is toasted thoroughly in the oven. A crispier base will be more resistant to moisture.
Use day-old bread---If possible, use day-old bread that has slightly hardened. This will help the crostinis maintain their crispiness even after adding toppings.
Create a barrier: Spreading a layer of cream cheese on the bread before adding moist toppings. This can create a barrier and help prevent direct contact between the bread and moisture.
It is entirely up to you! I've made this recipe both ways and enjoy them both. I usually make this Crostini recipe for my family + freinds and my kids sometimes won't eat them with the skins on, so I peel them most of the time. I'm sure it goes without saying, but if you choose to leave the skins on, make sure to wash the pears thoroughly!
Breakfast bowls---Top your morning oatmeal, yogurt, or cereal. It adds natural sweetness and a burst of flavor to your breakfast.
Ice cream sundae: Create a tempting ice cream sundae by scooping your favorite ice cream into a bowl (My current favorites are Maple Brown Butter Walnut Ice Cream and Butter Pecan Ice Cream) top it with the warm maple roasted fruits, and add a sprinkle of nuts or granola for crunch!
Stuffed pastries: Use roasted pears as a filling for pastries like turnovers or hand pies like these Apple Hand Pies.
Now that we're officially in Fall and heading into Winter soon I'm thinking about Thanksgiving which is super close. These crostinis are perfect for Thanksgiving and will definitely be a hit with guests.
Check out my Tips And Tricks To Hosting Thanksgiving. You'll not only learn some of my favorite vegan and non-vegan Thanksgiving recipes, but you'll also get my Thanksgiving planning guide and my streamlined Thanksgiving day schedule.
Crostini toppings can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container (separately) for up to 3 days; crostinis are best consumed within the same day once made.
Absolutely! Simply use gluten-free bread or baguettes as a base for your crostinis.
To create a vegan version of the crostinis, choose vegan butter or olive oil for the base. Substitute traditional cream cheese with a vegan, dairy-free alternative, and omit the candied bacon.
Yes, but assemble them closer to serving time to maintain their crunch. Toast the bread and prepare toppings separately if possible.
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