Cheesy Cranberry Pistachio Crostini

Cheesy Cranberry Pistachio Crostini was the snack that was served with cocktails, to make up the Aperitivo for our Halloween Italian Cooking Class/Pop Up Supper Club in Support of the Bastrop County Emergency Food Pantry.

I wasn’t planning to post this recipe because it is so simple, but during the event the guests enjoyed this snack so much, and many of them asked me for the recipe. So here it is.

Crostini means “little crusts” in Italian. They are an Italian appetizer consisting of small slices of grilled or toasted bread and toppings.

Ingredients: makes about 25

  • 1/2 loaf of cranberry pistachio bread that I bought at our local HEB supermarket. You can use your favorite fruit and nut bread if you can’t find this one.
  • Cracker cut cheese slices. I used extra sharp white cheddar and a sharp yellow cheddar so that I would have a color contrast.
  • Extra virgin olive oil to coat the bread pieces.

Prep:

Cut the bread into small slices. Drizzle extra virgin olive oil on both sides. Place in a plastic storage bag. Refrigerate until you are ready to make the crostini. This can be done up to a day in advance to free up your time on the day of the party. Placed on a lined baking sheet about 30 minutes before you are ready to serve.
Preheat the oven to 400 F. Place the tray of bread slices in the oven and bake until they are golden brown. This should take about 5 minutes. Flip the slices and brown the other side. Keep an eye on them so them so they don’t burn.
Use a pumpkin shaped cookie cutter to cut out pumpkin shapes from your cheese slices. I usually do this while the bread slices are toasting.

By the way, set aside the extra cheese that is leftover after cutting out the pumpkin shape. These can be eaten or used for other purposes. At the end of this post I will show you an example of how they can be used.

Once the bread slices are toasted, top them with the pumpkin shaped cheese slices while the bread is still warm. This way the cheese will melt a bit and make the crostini taste even better. 😋 Warm melty cheese always tastes better than cold cheese.

The day after the event, my husband decided to make a salad for his lunch. He used the left over cheese slices.

The salad turned out so cute. I thought it was very creative. 😀

I had created an ambitious menu for our cooking class/pop up supper club, so I decided to make an easy snack for the cocktail hour. This was a tasty timesaver. For the most part I make everything from scratch, but once in a while it does not hurt to make things easier by using some quality pre-made products.

Do try this simple recipe and let me what you think. 💕

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