Cheesy Garlic Bread Crostini

December 12, 2018 by Nicole Collins

It's the end of the road, folks. We've made it to Day 12 of our 12 Days of Appies challenge!

We talked a little but yesterday about memorable food. Have you guys ever eaten something so delicious that you can still taste it, to this day, however many years later?

There are a couple of things that fall on that list for me. But, one of the foods that I can still taste (and drool over) to this day is something so simple, it actually is probably going to sound really silly.

Garlic bread.

I was having dinner at the bestie's house at least a year or two ago, and her hubby made some garlic bread to go with some kind of pasta...baked ziti maybe. Who knows. I just know there was garlic bread.

It was so buttery! It was perfectly garlicky. The bread was crispy and soft at the same time. He was certainly not shy about the amount of garlic butter on that bread. It practically oozed out of the bread. OMG, it was so good!

I've told her on numerous occasions that I'm seriously craving his garlic bread. She must think I'm nuts. But, I've been chasing that perfect garlic bread ever since.

I mean, you really can't go wrong with garlic bread...ever. And, throw some cheese on it; and you pretty much just described my heaven.

Today, we're making making garlic bread a little more portable and party appropriate. Today, we're making Cheesy Garlic Bread Crostini!

We start with some French baguette. Slice it in to half inch slices, throw it on a baking sheet, and get ready to lather it up with some cheesy garlic butter.

Our garlic butter mix is simple: a stick of butter, a tablespoon of garlic powder, and two kinds of cheese. We're using mozzarella and cheddar in our cheesy butter mix. The cheddar adds a little more depth of flavor while also adding some color. And, the mozzarella is a classic Italian cheese. So, why not?

After we bake these in the oven until the bread is nice and crispy and the cheesy butter has soaked in to the bread, we're ready to devour these babies.

But wait, there's more!

This is totally not necessary, because cheesy garlic bread is perfection on its own. But, you could really step up your game a bit by serving these crostini with a little tomato basil salad on the side. Chopped tomatoes and basil, a drizzle of olive oil, and a pinch of salt and pepper create a nice acidic salad to cut the richness of the garlic bread.

It's just an added bonus! Not like cheesy, buttery bread isn't bonus enough.

Let's take our final review of the yummy things we've made throughout this challenge!

Day 1: Holiday Charcuterie Boxes

Day 2: Honey Goat Cheese Tartlettes

Day 3: Chicken and Donut Bites

Day 4: Sweet Chili Meatballs

Day 5: Sweet and Spicy Bacon Wrapped Shrimp

Day 6: Baked Brie with Strawberry Jalapeno Sauce and Candied Pretzels

Day 7: White Cheddar, Cranberry, Jalapeno Cheese Ball Wreath

Day 8: Hawaiian Pizza Sliders

Day 9: Old Bay Popcorn

Day 10: French Onion Dip

Day 11: Rotel Sausage Balls

Alright, guys! This challenge has been sooooooo fun! But, I'm not done spreading holiday cheer just yet. Just wait to you see the super cute craft we're making this weekend!

Now, we start the countdown to Christmas...13 days!

Let's eat!

Cheesy Garlic Bread Crostini Serves: about 30 crostini Print

Ingredients:

  • 1 french baguette, sliced into ½ inch slices

  • 1 stick (8 tbsp) unsalted butter, softened at room temp

  • 1 tbsp garlic powder

  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley, minced

  • ½ cup shredded cheddar

  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella

  • olive oil cooking spray

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a large baking try with aluminum foil. Spray with olive oil cooking spray. Set aside.

  2. In a mixing bowl, mix butter, garlic powder, both cheeses, and parsley until well combined. Arrange baguette slices on prepared baking sheet. Spread about 1 tsp butter mix on each bread slice. Bake for 12-14 mins until golden brown. Serve immediately.

Recipe notes:

*If you want, you can make a quick bruschetta salad to serve with these crostini. Mix 1 cup chopped grape tomatoes, 1 tbsp chopped basil, 1 tbsp olive oil, and a pinch of salt and pepper together. Serve along side the crostini.

*You can make the butter mix in advance, but it needs to be at room temp before you spread it on the baguette.

*You could use this same butter mix to make full size cheesy garlic bread too!

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