A couple of days ago I bought a delicious loaf of baguette from a small Vietnamese restaurant. Honestly, I just bought the bread to munch on but when I was almost halfway through, I had an epiphany. CROSTINIS! I hurried to the kitchen and took out all the ingredients I thought would accompany well with this beautiful loaf of baguette. Viola~
I tried recreating this appetizer using baguette I bought from Costco the next day and was truly disappointed. Although the packaging was labeled as "French baguette," its texture and taste resembles of a sourdough bread. SHAME ON YOU COSTCO FOR FALSE ADVERTISEMENT! So please do take time to hunt down real baguette if you want a full sun-dried tomato crostini experience.
On a side note, this sun-dried tomato topping can add a fresh tangy kick to most of your dishes: toasts, burgers, omelets, stir-fry with brown rice, crackers, sandwiches, bad baguette etc. Give this recipe a try and let me know what you paired the topping with. Thanks for stopping by~
|Real Crostini made with real baguette|
- 1 French-bread baguette, cut into 1/2-inch-think slices
- 2/3 cup olive oil
- 2 teaspoons garlic paste
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon dried basil
- 1/2 cup sun-dried tomato packed with oil
- Salt to taste
- 1/2 cup green onion for garnish
- Preheat oven at 375°F and line baking sheet with foil paper.
- In the meantime chop sun-dried tomatoes into fine pieces and reserve it in a bowl. Stir in garlic paste, lemon juice, dried basil, olive oil, and salt to taste.
- Using a pastry brush, brush each baguette slices lightly with the oil mixture you made (just the oil). Toast for 8 minutes or until lightly toasted.
- Spread the crostini with sun-dried tomato mixture and sprinkle with green onion. Enjoy