plural noun
cros·​ti·​ni | \ krȯ-ˈstē-nē \

Definition of crostini

: small slices of usually toasted bread topped with a spread or other food

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Rather than topping your crostini with bruschetta that can easily topple onto your guest or your floor, top it with something easy to pick up such as smoked salmon and fresh mozzarella. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "A Celebrity Event Planner’s Secrets for the Best Holiday Party Ever," 10 Oct. 2018 Serve with corn tortilla chips, crostini, or in romaine lettuce cups for buffet presentation, or as a spicy topping for black bean salad. Lucy Saunders, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Cooking 101: New Marquette classes aim to raise students' kitchen GPA," 27 Apr. 2018 Putting cheese and crackers out at a party, whether sliced sharp cheddar and Triscuits or Humboldt Fog and crostini, is a simple way to welcome guests. Alyse Whitney, Bon Appetit, "How Long Can Cheese Sit Out Before You Die?," 27 Apr. 2018 Making crostini, little toasts, is one of the easiest parts of this recipe. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Caprese salad meets grilled bread in this easy summer appetizer," 8 July 2018 The event began at 6 with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres of chili lobster roll, tuna tataki and goat cheese crostini. Dan Klepal, ajc, "Steakhouse holiday party for Mayor Reed, cabinet cost taxpayers $8,100," 20 June 2018 The food was exceptional - with salmon, egg, and chicken croissants and tomato crostini with whipped feta as part of the selection. Kitty Leshay, Courant Community, "Carrd Home Celebrates 100 Years Of Care," 19 June 2018 Here are few ideas: Serve on crostini (little toasts) or grilled rustic bread on its own or topped with fresh herbs (like basil), a drizzling of olive oil and sprinkling of freshly ground black and coarse sea salt. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "You just might fall in love with creamy burrata cheese this summer," 17 June 2018 Reason to visit: bison marrow bones, bison tongue crostini, bison ribs and game selections, including elk and quail. Larry Olmsted, USA TODAY, "Pair game meat and period cocktails in Colorado," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of crostini

1945, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for crostini

Italian, plural of crostino, from crosta crust, rind, from Latin crusta shell, crust — more at crust

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