Entertaining on a budget: Use crostini

First rule about entertaining on a budget: Don’t let a tight budget keep you from entertaining friends and family in your home. Throwing a great party does not, I repeat, does not have to cost a lot of money.

Crostini with toppings is one of the most bang-for-your buck appetizers out there. A loaf of French bread costs right around $2. One loaf makes about 25 crostini.

What you choose to put on top of the crostini is up to you, but remember: the sky is the limit. Scour your fridge for ingredients you already have on hand. I’ve shared several budget-friendly ideas over at the Betty Crocker website, so be sure to check them out!

Otherwise, here are some ideas to get you started:

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To get the recipes for the crostinis shown in the photo above, head over to the Betty Crocker website!

Follow the recipe below to make a batch of crostini.

Entertaining on a budget: Use crostini

How To Make Crostini

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time:
Total Time: 10 minutes

Watch the crostini carefully while baking - you want the bread to be nicely toasted but not burnt!


  • 1 baguette
  • Olive oil
  • Salt (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 375F. Slice baguette into 1/4-inch slices.
  2. Place bread slices on a large baking sheet.
  3. Drizzle with plenty of olive oil. Turn the bread around to ensure both sides are coated.
  4. Bake for 5 minutes on one side. Remove pan from oven, and carefully flip the bread slices over. Return to oven and bake for another 5 to 10 minutes, until bread is toasted.

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