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How to make crostini - Asparagus and Tomato

Asparagus and Tomato Crostini that is toasted lightly with garlic infused olive oil and topped with fresh constellation or cherry tomatoes, asparagus, garlic, mozzarella cheese, parsley, and a sweet balsamic glaze.

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time18 mins
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Course: Appetizer / Starter
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: asparagus, cheese, Crostini, Easy Appetizers, Mozzarella, Tomato
Servings: 20 pieces

Ingredients

  • 1 Loaf Baguette Sliced on diagonal in 1/2" pieces
  • 1/3 Cup Olive Oil
  • 3 cloves Garlic Minced - Can use 1 Tablespoon of jarred minced garlic
  • 20 pieces Asparagus tips Save the rest of the asparagus stalk for soups or grilling
  • 20 each Constellation or Cherry Tomatoes Sliced in rounds
  • 1/3 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Balsamic Glaze

Instructions

  • Prep First: Start by placing olive oil and garlic in a bowl, stir to combine. Slice baguette into 1/2" pieces. Slice tomatoes into rounds and set aside. Warm up your pan to grill asparagus. If using oven heat - preheat to 500 degrees.
  • Place crostini pieces on a sheet tray and brush with olive oil being sure to cover the entire top of the bread. Place under broiler and cook for 2 to 2 and a half minutes being sure not to walk to far away so they don't burn.
  • While crostini are toasting, place asparagus tips along with remaining olive oil/garlic mixture in your pan. Cook until asparagus is slightly tender. Approximately 5-minutes. turning occasionally
  • Remove crostini from oven and place sliced tomatoes onto each piece covering as much as possible without overlapping. Be sure to decrease oven temperature to 200-degrees after removing toasted crostini.
  • Add asparagus tips, one per piece of toast, atop cherry tomatoes and sprinkle with kosher salt.
  • Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and return to a 200-degree oven to bake for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and drizzle with balsamic glaze. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

  1. This recipe can be made ahead of time by toasting the crostini and storing in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  2. You can save additional time by grilling asparagus and storing in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  3. Prepping at the start of the recipe will give you the confidence to complete this recipe without feeling too panicked.
  4. Be sure to keep your eye on the crostini as it is toasting in the broiler so they don't burn and you have to start over.