Entertaining On a Budget: Serve Crostini At Your Next Party

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:

  • Brie and raspberry preserves
  • Salami and cheese
  • Hummus and tomato slices
  • Sliced tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil, and balsamic vinegar
  • Nutella and strawberries
  • Sweetened cream cheese and shaved chocolate
  • Serve on a charcuterie board or this $10 cheese plate

Get The Recipes at Betty Crocker

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.

Basic Crostini Recipe

Yield: 25 crostini

Cook Time:15 min

Total Time:20 min

Crostini is thinly sliced bread that is brushed with olive oil, salt, and baked until crisp. I generously top the bread slices with olive oil because I like a good crunch.


1 loaf crusty French bread Olive oil Fine grain sea salt


Preheat oven to 350F. Cut bread on the bias into slices about 1/4 inch thick. Brush both sides of bread with olive oil. Place on a baking sheet and sprinkle with salt. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until lightly golden brown, turning once. Allow to cool before adding toppings. Crostini can be made ahead of time, but add toppings right before serving.

5 Responses to “Entertaining On a Budget: Serve Crostini At Your Next Party”

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    Greta — August 13, 2014 @ 2:21 pm

    Brilliant! and it looks delicious- when’s your next party? I’ll be there :c) Also so happy for you being a part of the Betty Crocker family of recipes! That’s pretty dang exciting ;c)

    • Haley replied: — August 15th, 2014 @ 9:06 pm

      We should totally throw a food party together sometime!!

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    Miss M — August 14, 2014 @ 9:54 pm

    I LOVE this! One of the best ideas I ever got (from a restaurant) was P’tit Basque Cheese (yes, it’s a bit expensive but you only need a little), Thinly sliced apples, toasted pine nuts and a light honey drizzle on a crostini. INCREDIBLE!

    And to substitute the cheese for something cheaper, you could probably go with a good nutty smooth cheese… like maybe a gouda or bellevitano?

    • Haley replied: — August 15th, 2014 @ 9:08 pm

      Thanks for the cheese recommendation! It might be worth the splurge 🙂

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    Made From Pinterest — August 16, 2014 @ 5:13 am

    That looks delicious! I need to try this out!

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