Salami, ham, tomato and basil crostini recipe

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Perfect appetiser with an apperitif or to serve for a light lunch with crumbled goats cheese on top and a crisp salad.

Kent, England, UK

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IngredientsMakes: 12 crostini

  • 1 French baguette
  • olive oil for shallow frying
  • 10 slices Milano salami
  • 6 slices good quality ham
  • 4 vine-ripened tomatoes
  • basil leaves, chopped
  • sea salt to taste

MethodPrep:10min ›Cook:5min ›Ready in:15min

  1. Cut 12 slices of bread into 5mm thick rounds.
  2. Heat about 1cm oil in a fry pan and shallow-fry the bread rounds on each side until golden and crisp. Drain on absorbent paper.
  3. Dice the salami and ham. Dice the tomatoes into very small pieces and sprinkle over sea salt and mix in to taste.
  4. Top each round with salami, ham and tomato. Garnish with chopped basil and serve at once.


For a healthier option, cut the rounds of bread and using a clove of garlic, rub each slice then place the rounds onto a baking tray and bake in a moderate oven until golden and brown. These can be made ahead several hours and placed in an airtight container. When ready to assemble, carry on from step 3 and add a tablespoon of olive oil to the tomato mixture.

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Beetroot and Peppers

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Figs and Cheese

One of the most unusual combinations perhaps, yet deliciously tempting. Grate some cheese on top of toasted loaves, top up with fresh sliced figs, and grill. Sweet and chewy! Yum!

Croque Madame

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Ham and Cheese

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Egg and Cress

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Avocado and Tomato

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Avocado and Shrimp

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Salami Toast

Take a thin layer of toasted rye bread. Spread butter all over and layer with lettuce. Add some salami and cheese slices, and top up with sliced tomatoes. Serve warm.

Tuna Spread

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  • 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
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Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Arrange baguette slices on two large rimmed baking sheets brush both sides with oil, and season with salt and pepper.

Bake, rotating sheets halfway through, until golden, 15 to 20 minutes (if undersides are not browning, turn crostini over once during baking). Let cool on baking sheets. Top crostini with desired toppings, and serve.

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