We’re doing a little fusion of Italian food and the American South today. These delicious little pimento cheese crostini with bacon are an easy and delicious appetizer.
These are fancy enough for a special occasion but also perfect for a backyard BBQ. Serve them anytime you need to entertain!
Fast, easy, and delicious. Serve these at your next gathering. They’ll disappear quicker’n a cat on a hot tin roof!
What are crostini?
These little crusts or little toasts are an Italian appetizer made from thinly sliced and toasted bread. They are served with various toppings. Sometimes they’re used as a dipper instead of with toppings already on them. You can bake a batch of crostini and serve it with a single topping or make crostini misti.
We’ll smear them with southern-style pimento cheese and top them with bacon crumbles. They’re a mouthwatering and crowd-pleasing appetizer.
Ingredients for pimento cheese crostini
Use a baguette or a loaf of French bread to make the crostini. I always use what is available in the grocery store bakery.
Olive oil for brushing the bread before baking.
Salt sprinkled on the crostini brings out the flavors.
A good quality pimento cheese made with sharp cheddar. I always use my homemade pimento cheese. It’s flavorful, creamy, and not at all gloppy! It takes less than 10 minutes and only needs a few ingredients. I highly recommend you try it. Wink emoji. You can use your favorite store-bought pimento cheese if you don’t want to make your own.
Crispy cooked bacon adds a smoky, savory taste and a little more crispness to the crostini. I always cook bacon in the oven. It’s so easy and doesn’t make a mess!
Make them vegetarian: Omit the bacon.
Make them spicy: Add diced jalapeno.
Serve them warm: Heat the pimento cheese crostini on a sheet pan, under the broiler, for 1 minute just before serving.
How to make pimento cheese and bacon crostini
First slice your baguette. A serrated bread knife helps make nice, clean cuts.
Brush the front and back of each slice with olive oil. Then lay them on a baking sheet and sprinkle lightly with salt.
Toast them until they’re nice and crispy.
Now try not to eat them all before your guests arrive!
Make ahead notes for pimento cheese crostini
You can make the pimento cheese and bake the crostini without toppings up to 3 days ahead. Store the plain crostini in an airtight container at room temperature until ready to top and serve. Store the pimento cheese in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
How to serve pimento cheese and bacon crostini
- Try them as an appetizer before a main course.
- They make perfect hors d’oeuvres for your cocktail party. These finger foods are a crowd-pleasing addition to any spread.
- They are just as at home at a BBQ or tailgating.
- Serve them as bread with a main course. Serve them like you would garlic bread. They are perfect with soup or a fresh green salad.
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