A Toasted Baguette is a long loaf of French bread cut into thin slices that are brushed with olive oil, seasoned with salt and garlic powder, and baked to a golden brown. Use this toasted bread for my Beef Tenderloin Baguettes appetizer.

Bowl of Toasted Baguette - Crostini from OVerhead

Toasted Baguette

Toasted Baguette, or crostini, is sliced bread that is usually brushed with olive oil and toasted to a golden brown. In fact, crostini translates to ‘little crusts’, like little pieces of toast. An artisan loaf of bread, like French Baguette or Ciabatta bread, is best to use in this recipe. Use the toasted bread to dip in this delicious Skillet Onion Dip!

Toasted Baguette Ingredients

Bread: Again, French baguette or ciabatta bread is the best choice when making crostini. It’s a wonderful recipe to use with day-old bread, but you can also use fresh bread.

Olive Oil: I prefer to use extra virgin olive oil for this recipe. Extra virgin olive oil is less processed than olive oil (which makes it more flavorful), but it can be more expensive. You can use regular olive oil as well.

Seasonings: Be sure to sprinkle a little salt and garlic powder on both sides of the slices of bread before baking. And, if you don’t want the garlic flavor, simply leave out the garlic powder.

Adding butter to Toasted Baguette - Crostini

How to Make Toasted Baguette {Crostini}

Once you have chosen the bread you would like to use for the crostini, it’s easy to get the ‘little crusts’ baked and served. Plus, it is a lot less expensive to make your own toasted baguette as compared to buying at the store. First, slice the long loaf of bread into thin slices. I prefer to cut the slices at a slight angle.

Next, brush both sides of each slice of bread with olive oil. Finally, sprinkle both sides with salt and garlic powder (if using) and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake the bread for 5-7 minutes on one side; then, flip the slices of bread and bake an additional 5-7 minutes. Baking any longer than that will make the bread too hard.

Pan of Toasted Baguette - Crostini

How to Serve Toasted Baguette

Once you have the little pieces of toast made, how do you serve them? I love them as a crunchy snack, but they are really super to use in dips (like this Reuben Dip) or layered with your favorite toppings. They are also wonderful with a bowl of Sausage Soup or a Wedge Salad

Bowl of Toasted Crostini

How to Store Crostini

It’s easy to get the toasted baguette made ahead of time. Let the toasted slices of baguette cool completely before storing. Then, store them in an air-tight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.

To freeze the toasted baguettes, simply store them in a freezer-safe container, labeled and dated, for up to 3 months. You can also freeze the slices of bread before toasting them. Brush olive oil on both sides of the untoasted bread, freeze, and toast them as instructed when ready to make.

Hand Holding Toasted Baguette - Crostini

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Toasted Baguette {Crostini}

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 14 mins
Total Time 29 mins
A Toasted Baguette is a long loaf of French bread cut into thin slices that are brushed with olive oil, seasoned with salt and garlic powder, and baked to a golden brown.

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf French baguette, cut at a slight angle into ¼-inch thick slices
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt (or to taste)
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Brush both sides of the baguette slices with olive oil, followed by sprinkling both sides of the slices with salt and garlic powder. Place the slices on the lined baking sheet.
  • Bake 5-7 minutes (or until golden brown). Flip the baguette over and bake for an additional 5-7 minutes.
  • Once cooled, use for dips, or top with your favorite toppings.

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