Avocado Crostini with Balsamic Drizzle Recipe
Here's a tasty, super popular appetizer to add to your repertoire - Avocado Crostini with Balsamic Drizzle. Just 12 minutes to impress your guests.
Servings (change as needed): 8
- 1/2 baguette (or ciabatta or other)
- 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 garlic clove, cut in half
- 1 medium-large ripe avocado
- 1 lime
- kosher salt and pepper to taste
- 12 cherry tomatoes, cut in 4 (or heirloom chopped)
- balsamic glaze Note 1
- 2 tbsp chopped fresh basil (optional)
MAKE THE CROSTINI: Cut 16 slices of baguette sized bread about 1/4-1/2 inch thick (or use larger bread and cut in halves or quarters). Toast in toaster oven until golden brown. (Alternatively grill bread for a minute per side or bake at 375F for about 8 minutes). Bread should be fairly crisp. Brush with olive oil on both sides using pastry brush. Then rub one side of bread with the cut half of a garlic clove.
MAKE THE AVOCADO: Cut avocado in half. Remove the pit. Scoop out the avocado into a small bowl, discarding the skin. Squeeze in juice of half or three-quarters of a lime sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Mash, taste and add more lime and salt as desired. Add pepper to taste.
ASSEMBLE: Place crostini on a serving platter or wooden cutting board. Divide avocado evenly over crostini and spread. Place a few cherry tomato halves on top. Just before serving, drizzle with Balsamic Glaze. Try a zig zag pattern, drizzling balsamic over crostini and onto platter for a nice presentation.
- To make your own Balsamic Glaze/Reduction. I usually buy it, but it's easy to make your own if you prefer. Bring to boil a half cup of balsamic vinegar and two tablespoons honey or brown sugar. Reduce heat to a simmer and simmer for about 15 minutes until it reduces by half to a syrup consistency (thick enough to coat the back of a spoon).
- Make Ahead: Prepare all the components ahead. Assembly can be done up to 30-60 minutes ahead, but I suggest drizzling the Balsamic just before serving as it tends to bleed into the avocado if it's not thick enough.