Quick Garlicky Parmesan Crostini

Happy New Yeaaaaarrrrr! . . .ish.

Quick Garlicky Parmesan Crostini / Bev Cooks

I gotsta be straight up with you right now. This isn’t my recipe. I did not come up with this perfectly simple, satisfying, knock-your-face-off-to-yummy-town appetizer. No, no. Not me. Not I. Not myself. Not even Irene. (who IS Irene?)

This appie is actually brought to you by my super cute and super talented niece, Ella! As in, she created this recipe. She made this. And she’s seven years old. Ugh.

Look at it!

Quick Garlicky Parmesan Crostini / Bev Cooks

It was four weeks ago, Thanksgiving, when I caught her prepping an appetizer for a big family dinner at my in-laws’. I asked her what she was making, and she very casually and maturely responded, “Oh, just some cheesy garlic toast for everyone, before we eat.” (She’s SEVEN.)

Me, “Uhhhhh Ella, can I please shoot you making this for my blog, over Christmas?”

She blushed and giggled through a sweet, “Whaaaat? Okay!”


Quick Garlicky Parmesan Crostini / Bev Cooks  Quick Garlicky Parmesan Crostini / Bev Cooks

Parmesan cheese. Minced garlic (the adult can do that part). Butter chunks. Dried oregano. All mixed up. All pressed and crumbled together. All happily in flavor love. Sprinkled on sliced baguette. Toasted to a most beautiful golden brown you are guaranteed to slap yourself.

Quick Garlicky Parmesan Crostini / Bev Cooks

That salty cheese melts down into the butter, and the garlic infuses the mix, and the oregano adds that little bit of herby omph. In short, OMG.

I mentioned Ella’s seven years old, right? Were you doing this at seven years old? No. Was I? No way, dude. I was probably making my little sister eat sand through a broken garden hose.

Tr. . . true story.

Quick Garlicky Parmesan Crostini / Bev Cooks

Also, New Year’s Eve. Hello, this would be perfect. (Look at her little hand! If we compared hands mine would be a pile of veins.)

I plan on doubling this recipe on New Year’s Eve and making it for a gigantic party crowd. And by gigantic party crowd I mean my face.

Quick Garlicky Parmesan Crostini / Bev Cooks


Quick Garlicky Parmesan Crostini:

What it took for 12 -16 pieces (depending on the size of your baguette):

* 1 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
* 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
* 4 Tbs. butter, room temp
* 1 tsp dried oregano
* 1 baguette, sliced into 1/4-inch slices

Preheat oven to 350. (or use a toaster oven in batches)

In a medium bowl, combine the cheese, garlic, butter and oregano. Using your fingers, press all the ingredients together, almost becoming a thick paste. A thick, garlicky, cheesy, buttery paste. Goodness gracious.

Place about a Tbs. of the cheesy mix on each baguette slice. Slide into the oven for about 10 minutes, or until the cheese is starting to bubble and the baguette is golden brown on the edges. It may take a little longer, depending on your oven.

Place on a serving platter and eat it all, I mean serve it up!

* we didn’t add salt, as real parmigiano-reggiano is deliciously salty as is.
* for an extra OMG, sauté the garlic before the adding it to the mix.

Quick Garlicky Parmesan Crostini / Bev Cooks

They’re extra delicious if you eat them in your pajamas.


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16 Responses to Quick Garlicky Parmesan Crostini

  1. Sharon | Cheesy Pennies December 29, 2014 at 8:43 pm #
    Everything tastes better in pajamas. Go ella!
  2. Amy @Very Culinary December 29, 2014 at 9:27 pm #
    I think I was learning how to tie my shoes at 7. Go Ella!
  3. Carrie December 29, 2014 at 9:30 pm #
    If you want to feel even worse about your past self (because who doesn't?), you should watch Master Chef Jr. I'm pretty sure when I was 11 my culinary arsenal covered mac & cheese and scrambled eggs, not chicken livers. And probably not this awesome garlic bread, either. WTG Ella!
  4. Katie December 29, 2014 at 9:54 pm #
    I love this in large amounts.High five, Ella! (my niece's name is Ellie, so I feel like we're already buds.)
  5. Emily @ Life on Food December 30, 2014 at 7:13 am #
    I like her style eating right off the baking sheet. Yum!
  6. Megan {Country Cleaver} December 30, 2014 at 9:25 am #
    A girl after my own heart - carbs, melty cheese and pony PJs. Such a cutie!!
  7. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar December 30, 2014 at 11:41 am #
    Like personal little garlic breads. Yummy!!!
  8. Tanah December 30, 2014 at 11:45 am #
    Another good one is pesto with parm sprinkled on top then toasted!
  9. Jessica @ Golden Brown and Delicious December 30, 2014 at 6:56 pm #
    You go girl! That's amazing...this looks so delicious!
  10. Elissa December 30, 2014 at 9:36 pm #
    YUM! I want this tomorrow too!
  11. Tiffany @ Triple Crème Decadence January 2, 2015 at 1:45 am #
    Mmm...you've combined all my favorite things in a crostini. This would be yummy dunked into tomato soup! I think I could eat about a dozen of these! :)
  12. Jess January 5, 2015 at 2:39 am #
    Ummm, can I say Master Chef Junior material!? She's clearly a 7-year-old chef in the making! Hope you all had a great New Year and the babes didn't stay up too late setting off fireworks or anything.
  13. Caitlin January 5, 2015 at 2:03 pm #
    Aww good for her! I bet your little ones will be cooking up a storm by age 7, too :)
  14. Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche January 5, 2015 at 2:47 pm #
    This is alllll my favourite ingredients... on toast! That girl is a genius. You better watch your back Bev, she'll be the biggest food blogger in no time :)
  15. Sam January 8, 2015 at 3:48 am #
    yummy:) I love simple yummy homemade snacks :) This is great for breakfast and you can experiment :)
  16. Jen January 11, 2015 at 7:33 pm #
    Made these to go with dinner tonight...So GOOD!! Bravo, Ella :)

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