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25 Easy Crostini Topping Recipes and Ideas

Give store-bought chips and dip a break, and try these easy crostini topping recipes for your next party.

They’re bright, tasty, and sure to please a crowd.

Caprese Salad Crostini with Tomatoes, Mozzarella, and Fresh Basil

Crostini are Italian appetizers, similar to bruschetta. 

Featuring mini pieces of grilled or toasted bread, the toppings range from sweet to savory and everything in between.

Ideal for parties, crostini are crazy-easy to make – especially if you buy ready-made, crunchy bread bites!

But no matter what you go for on the bottom, you’ll need a bunch of fun crostini topping recipes, right?

Luckily, I have a few of my faves right here.

20+ Easy and Delicious Crostini Toppings for Your Next Party 

1. Smoked Salmon Crostini

Want an elegant, tasty appetizer? Check out this recipe for smoked salmon crostini.

They look as good as they taste, and they taste spectacular.

The cream cheese, dill, and lemon give them a bright, tangy flavor. The garlic and salmon add an earthy, umami taste, as well.

Together, it’s an excellent combination.

2. Caprese Crostini (Canapes)

Don’t you just love the light, bright, fresh taste of Caprese salads? I know I do!

I can’t get enough of them, be it salads, skewers, or chicken, I love it all. 

And these Caprese crostini are no exception. 

You’ll top each piece of toasted baguette with tomato slices, mozzarella, and fresh basil.

Add a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and it’s *Chef’s kiss*. 

In fact, I’m sure I could eat an entire tray of these by myself.

Don’t judge! Wait till you try them; you might just eat them all, too.

3. Garlic Shrimp Crostini with Avocado

These succulent, garlicky shrimp are delicious on their own.

But when you add them to crunchy crostini with more spices and seasonings, they’re unbeatable.

Serve these at your next brunch or party, and they’re sure to WOW your guests.

4. Mediterranean Bruschetta Crostini Appetizer

These 15-minute appetizers are a crossover between bruschetta and crostini. They’re zingy, briny, and full of Mediterranean flavors. 

Like most recipes here, they’re easy to make. They’re also entirely vegetarian-friendly and much more filling than you’d think.

It’s hard to believe something so small can pack such a wallop of flavor. But these manage it with ease.

5. Marinated Goat Cheese Strawberry Crostini

There’s nothing better than an easy and vibrant appetizer that perfectly combines sweet and tangy flavors.

When you do it right, it’s a genuine culinary masterpiece. And needless to say, these goat cheese and strawberry crostini do it right.

The tangy cheese pairs perfectly with the tart berries, and the touch of honey is just sweet enough to tie it all together. 

These take a bit more time than others on the list, but they’re more than worth it!

6. Roast Beef Crostini with Dijon Horseradish Sauce

Want to turn your favorite appetizers into a full-on meal? This recipe can do it!

You’ll load these hearty crostini with roast beef, greens, sour cream, chives, and more. 

Adding horseradish gives each one a tangy bite. Then, you’ll finish them off with capers and Parmesan cheese for good measure.

Typically, I can devour a handful of crostini, no problem. With these, though, one or two is more than enough to fill me up. 

7. Olive Crostini

Olive crostini aren’t the prettiest party appetizer on the list.

Don’t let that stop you from trying them, though. These tiny toasts are garlicky, cheesy, and delightfully salty. 

They combine both green and black olives, and the result is fantastic. They’re perfect if you want something salty, flavorful, and easy to make. 

8. Tomato Bruschetta with Balsamic Glaze

Do you enjoy the bright, garden-fresh taste of bruschetta? Do you always order it at your favorite Italian place?

If so, this is the recipe for you. 

You’ll need ten readily available ingredients and about 20 minutes.

The only cooking you’ll do is toasting the bread. Everything else is just mixing and spreading. 

It’s so simple that even a child could make it. However, it tastes like a five-star Chef whipped it up.

9. Crab Toast

Crab toast is one of the most delectable appetizers you’ll ever try. Seriously. If you like seafood, you’ll love it.

That said, if you don’t like seafood, I bet you’ll still love it. It’s just that good. 

The three kinds of cheese, tomatoes, and Worcestershire and Tabasco sauces make it easy to see why.

It’s hard to imagine something so tiny could contain so much flavor. It does, though.

Every bite-sized mouthful is ambrosia. Just one taste, and you’ll go weak in the knees.

If it sounds like I’m hyping these up too much, I’m not. If anything, I’m underselling them.

10. Honey-Whipped Ricotta Crostini With Peaches And Prosciutto

Want a colorful, juicy crostini topping? Here’s the recipe for you.

You’ll start with grilled crostini, of course. Then, you’ll add a honey-sweetened whipped ricotta mixture that’s quite possibly the best thing I’ve ever tried. 

Top that with peach slices, prosciutto, and sage for something sweet, savory, and a bit tangy all at once.

It’s a fresh, clean flavor that’ll leave you wanting more.  

Top-Tip: grill the peaches with a bit of brown sugar and honey. Yum!

11. Fig Crostini with Goat Cheese and Pistachios

In the mood for something decadent that’ll make you feel like a million bucks? Try this dreamy fig crostini with goat cheese and pistachios. 

It’s one of those overpriced appetizers you’ll see in high-end restaurants. The kind that the average person can’t afford.

But when you break it down, this recipe is insanely easy and budget-friendly. Plus, it’ll taste like a million bucks even if you serve it on a paper plate.

Sweet, tangy, salty, juicy, and crunchy. It’s pretty much got it all. 

12. Grilled Peach Crostini

Combining the sweetness of honey and peaches with cream and blue cheese seems odd.

But don’t knock it till you try it because this sweet, peachy, five-ingredient crostini is heavenly. 

It also looks lovely enough for formal occasions and takes just 25 minutes to make.

Yeah, you’ll want to bookmark this recipe. 

13. Pea Bruschetta (Pea Crostini)

Pea crostini (or bruschetta) are bright green and wonderfully fresh.

If you could transform spring into food, it would be these. They’re light, tasty, and just plain fun to eat. 

After all, who doesn’t love eating naturally brilliant green food?! They take a little over 10 minutes to prepare and even less time to eat. Yum!

14. Buffalo Chicken Crostini

These crostini feature gooey cheese, tangy chicken, and fragrant garlic butter. They’re spicy, saucy, and impossible to resist.

You’ll get about two bites in each one. However, two bites of these have more flavor than some complete meals! 

They’re easy to make, too. You’ll fix the chicken in your Instant Pot, so there’s not a lot of hands-on work.

Give them a try the next time you need a unique appetizer for Game Day. I guarantee they won’t last long.

15. Crostini with Roasted Tomatoes

Juicy, roasted tomatoes with sweet and tangy honey goat cheese and crispy, garlicky baguettes. 

Need I say more?

These seven-ingredient crostini are beyond delish. Add some fresh sage, sea salt, and pepper, and you’ve got a genuine delicacy.

They taste so good that no one will want a meal afterward. They’ll beg you to let them fill up on appetizers instead.

16. Caprese Crostini Pizza

Caprese crostini pizza – doesn’t that sound incredible?!

I mean, it combines three of the best Italian foods: Caprese, crostini, and pizza. 

I don’t know who created this masterpiece, but they deserve a medal!

Each one features plenty of cheese, marinara, and seasonings. It’s a fresher, less greasy way to enjoy pizza, and I’m so here for it.

17. Kale & White Bean Crostini

Looking for something with more nutrients? Check out this recipe for kale and white bean crostini.

You’ll load each toasted baguette slice with cannellini beans, kale, shallots, and more.

The result is a garlicky, garden-fresh treat that even the kids will love. 

18. Bacon & Onion Crostini

Bacon and onion crostini are bite-sized mouthfuls of YUM. Each crunchy appetizer includes salty bacon, caramelized onions, almonds, and ricotta.

There’s not more than a single bite in each one, but that single bite? Oh, man. It’s divine.

It’s a cornucopia of flavors that’ll overwhelm your taste buds in the best way possible.

19. Pear, Honey, and Blue Cheese Crostini

It doesn’t get much simpler than these four-ingredient crostini.

You’ll need nothing more than a baguette, honey, pears, and bleu cheese. 

Assemble them, pop them in the oven, and bake until the cheese is melty.

Once they’re ready, take them out and drizzle them with honey. How easy is that?

They’re a sweet-n-tangy treat that you won’t want to miss.

20. Citrus Pesto Crostini 

This elegant crostini is as fragrant as it is flavorful. It uses fewer than ten ingredients, but each one is robust, aromatic, and delicious.

The goat cheese and asparagus pair perfectly together. Meanwhile, the citrus pesto adds a zesty brightness, and the almonds make them crunchy.

Combining all those flavors and textures creates something fantastic. 

21. Butternut Squash Crostini With Ricotta

Break out these colorful crostini for your next fall gathering, and you’ll be the talk of the town.

Feature butternut squash, pomegranate arils, and pumpkin seeds, they’re decadent, sweetly tart, and 100% wonderful.

If you could serve fall up on a platter, these crostini would be the result. They taste so good, you won’t want to share. 

22. Greek Bruschetta with Whipped Feta

Greek bruschetta is somewhat different from its Italian counterpart. It’s lighter, brighter, and zestier.

It’s also not as tomato-heavy. 

You’ll use tomatoes, of course, but they aren’t the star of the show. Instead, they’re only one of many garden-fresh herbs and veggies in the mix.

Each one has a tangy cheese and herb flavor that’s hard not to love. So if you need a vegetarian appetizer that’s sure to please a crowd, this is it.

23. Pesto Ricotta Crostini with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

This six-ingredient crostini is perfect for summer parties.

It boasts tons of juicy roasted tomato sweetness and zingy, garlicky pesto flavor.

It’s crunchy, creamy, and downright delectable. It’s the kind of food that just makes you smile when you eat it.

And we can all use more of that in our lives, don’t you think?  

24. Roasted Balsamic Cranberry and Brie Crostini

Need a new way to serve cranberries this holiday season? How about this roasted balsamic cranberry and brie crostini? 

It’s colorful, tangy, and just a tiny bit sweet. It’s a high-quality, elegant appetizer for family gatherings and fancy meals. 

25. Mexican Street Corn and Avocado Crostini

I had to save the best for last. And this recipe is one I could inhale on my own.

Mexican street corn and crostini may be worlds apart. However, this appetizer combines them both. 

It features the sweet, Latin-American flavors of corn and avocado. There’s also a warm spiciness from the various chili powders. 

It’s an exciting combination of flavors you don’t often find on crostini. Still, it somehow works very well. 

25 Delicious Crostini Toppings

Give store-bought chips and dip a break and try these easy crostini topping recipes for your next party. They’re bright, tasty, and sure to please a crowd.


  • Pick and choose your favorite crostini toppings.
  • Make a delicious appetizer or snack in 30 minutes or less!
Crostini Topping Recipes

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NaTaya Hastings
NaTaya Hastings is a food and recipe writer for Insanely Good Recipes. She’s an educator, boy mom, dog mom, and whatever-stray-enters-the-yard mom. As a result, she's constantly cooking for both humans and animals.

Luckily, she enjoys it!

Though born, raised, and still living in Alabama, her specialty is NOT down-home Southern cooking. Instead, she loves to experiment with Asian, Mexican, Italian, and other ethnic cuisines. She has two mottos when it comes to cooking. “The more spice, the better!” and “There’s no such thing as too much garlic!”

She’s also pretty good with desserts. Especially the easy, no-bake ones.

Her favorite things are cuddling with her four giant dogs, traveling, reading, writing, and hanging out in nature. She’s also pretty excellent at Dominoes.

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