BrokeAss Gourmet

BrokeAss Gourmet

Crostini 3 Ways

I swear, I did not mean for this dish to feature Christmas colors (unlike Sandra Lee, I do not coordinate my food with my decor), but, alas, there they are. Perhaps it was an unconscious choice.

In any case, this is my favorite way to throw together pretty-looking appetizers while doing seven other things (likely including but not limited to: talking on the phone, checking Facebook, washing a dish and cooking whatever else I’m serving). Basically, they require half an eye and very little thought to put together yet they always turn out gorgeously.

  • ingredients
  • extra virgin olive oil Pantry
  • 1 onion, sliced thinly $0.50
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar Pantry
  • 1 baguette, sliced into 1/2”-thick slices $1.50
  • 6 oz. ricotta $3 for 14 oz.
  • 1 jalapeño, sliced very thinly $0.25
  • honey Pantry
  • Balsamic Cranberry Sauce (or your favorite fruit preserves) $2 for 1 1/2 cups
  • black pepper to taste Pantry
Total Cost of Ingredients $7.25


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Drizzle 3 tbsp olive oil into a medium frying pan over medium-low heat. Add onion and cook for 18-20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until caramelized. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and cook for 2-3 more minutes. Remove from heat.

Arrange baguette slices on a baking sheet and drizzle lightly with olive oil. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until lightly crisp. Let cool.

Spread baguette slices liberally with ricotta.

Top 1/3 of the slices with 2-3 slices jalapeño and a drizzle of honey.

Top 1/3 of the slices with a few pinches of caramelized onions.

Top 1/3 of the slices with a spoonful of cranberry sauce or preserves.

Top all crostini with a sprinkle of freshly-ground black pepper.

Serves 4-6.

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~*Rhi*~, on Dec 15, 12:46 PM, wrote:

OMG! Sandra Lee makes me want to BARF! These look incredible. If only I had a loaf of good bread tonight…I’ve got all the other ingredients! Maybe tomorrow. I’m always looking for ways to use the jalapenos my hubby loves to grow.

Renovations Sherwood Park, on Aug 14, 03:53 AM, wrote:

Very nice! Informative indeed.


keeleyhauck1, on Sep 25, 01:06 AM, wrote:

At every event I attend in my local area, I enjoy crostini as one of the best dishes. People love to prepare it on every eve of happiness. I am thinking to get help with essays through australia writings online because it the best source. Here you have shared an easy way of making this dish more delicious.