There’s a fun spin on a crostini and a perfect way to impress a crowd. You’ll love these brown butter crostini with rich nutty flavours of butter, the sweetness of fresh fruit and the earthy hint of herbs.
My Dad loves his sweets, but the next best thing he loves (if not just as much) is his bread and butter! I couldn’t think of a better way to spoil my Dad this Father’s Day but to make homemade bread for him and slather it in brown butter topped with fresh fruit, cheese, herbs, and yes, more brown butter! I love the twist on these brown butter crostini with the rich, nutty flavour of butter, the sweetness of fresh fruit and the earthy hint of herbs.
Crostini, meaning “little crusts” in Italian are thin slices of bread grilled or toasted with toppings and served as an appetizer. Normally crostinis are brushed with oil and topped with meats, cheeses or vegetables, but in this case, I wanted to take a summer spin on them and liven them up!
I couldn’t have been happier with how they turned out. They are super easy to make and pair wonderfully with almost any meal you decide to serve your Dad this Father’s Day. If you are already planning on barbecuing then all you have to do is throw the brown butter bread on the grill and then top them off as you please.
For some reason making brown butter seems intimidating for most, but it’s really not difficult at all! I really mean it, it’s super easy, once you do it you’ll wonder why you haven’t done it before. Brown butter transforms the most basic dish into a world of explosive, rich, nutty flavours. It’s like a secret ingredient waiting to enhance your dish! And that’s exactly why I wanted to use brown butter on these crostini, my dad loves butter, and when it’s brown butter it’s about 10x amplified.
Nothing makes me happier than pleasing the ones I love with their favourite foods. It’s such a simple act of kindness and I know my Dad loves being spoiled with food (we make a great team that way). I know my Dad is going to love these brown butter crostini, and I hope your Dad does too. So when you’re thinking about what to plan for Father’s Day, I’ve got you covered on the appetizer!!
Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads out there, especially to my kind hearted, loving Dad!
Brown Butter Crostini
A fun spin on a crostini and a perfect way to impress a crowd. Brown butter adds a nutty rich flavour and pairs lovely with fresh fruit and herbs.
- Prep Time: 20 mins
- Cook Time: 10 mins
- Total Time: 30 mins
- Yield: 8
- Category: Appetizer
- Cuisine: Italian
- 1/3 cup unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
- fresh fruit such as; raspberries, blackberries, apricots, strawberries
- fresh herbs such as, thyme, sage, chives, basil
- 1 french baguette or make your own (click here for recipe)
- In a light coloured pot (so you can see the colour of the butter change) melt butter on medium heat. Swirl the pan occasionally to be sure the butter is cooking evenly. Your butter will foam and start to change colour from yellow to brown with brown flecks. It will also start to smell nutty, at this stage take the butter off the heat, transfer to a small bowl and let cool.
- Meanwhile, slice your baguette into 1/2 inch thick slices
- Brush each side of the baguette with the brown butter, be generous!
- Broil or grill each side of the buttered baguette slices, set aside to cool
- Add approx. 1 tablespoon of ricotta cheese to each slice of baguette, top with desired fruit and herbs; slices of strawberries with basil and drizzle brown butter on top; slices of apricot with thyme, or sage; crushed blackberries with thyme or sage; crushed raspberries with thyme or chives
For added flavour, I dipped my sage and thyme in brown butter and lightly grilled them.
My favourite herbs used were chives and sage, don’t be afraid to try something a little different.
Brown butter will keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks
- Serving Size: 1
- Calories: 35
- Sugar: 0.4g
- Sodium: 31mg
- Fat: 3g
- Saturated Fat: 0
- Unsaturated Fat: 0
- Trans Fat: 0
- Carbohydrates: 1.3g
- Fiber: 0.2g
- Protein: 0.8g
- Cholesterol: 8mg
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