French onion soup. I remember loving it starting in my teen years. But I absolutely became obsessed when I had the best French onion soup of my life at Pot au Feu in Providence, RI. This was in college and all these years later, even now as I am writing this, I want to jump in my car and go to Providence just to have this soup. So let's make French onion crostini - an easy appetizer that tastes like the bread that floats on top of that amazing soup.
The Top is the Best Part of the Soup! Right?
My favorite part about French onion soup is the awesome slice of bread on top. It has cheese, it's toasty and it's soaking in soup beneath. Well, imagine just eating the bread part? Yeah, so that's what this crostini is. The crown jewel of French onion soup.
If you are a regular reader of my website, you know that I made a French onion grilled cheese with bacon a while back. Same concept as that: the incredible flavor of onions with a little port wine, except this is a bite-sized treat which will become your new favorite appetizer.
For the bread: you can use the bagged ciabatta sticks like I did with my canned crab toasties. Or you can opt for a thin French baguette and slice into ½" rounds. With this recipe, I took the slightly lazy way out and purchased already-sliced french bread rounds that were perfect for this! Bonus, you can freeze the bread you don't use and keep them for your next gathering. You can see two of the bread options in my video.
How to Make French Onion Crostini
You need only a handful of ingredients to make this crowd-pleasing appetizer: sliced bread, onions, port wine, gruyere cheese, dried or fresh thyme, and a few other ingredients you already have on hand.
- Slice your onions and start cooking them. Stir while you do other prep.
- Chop the fresh thyme or used dried.
- Shred the gruyere cheese.
- Brush olive oil on bread.
- Add the cooked onions and cheese to the bread.
- Bake in oven for 10-15 minutes.
- Serve immediately.
Bread, Onions and Cheese Keeps it Real Simple
This easy appetizer is perfect for entertaining and with the holidays around the corner, I know you're looking for a few quick wins to make hosting easier. Not only does this appetizer have very few ingredients, it's make-ahead friendly.
You can prepare the crostini a few hours ahead or even the day before and keep them in your fridge on a sheet pan. Take them out 20 minutes before popping in the oven and you're good to go.
How to Freeze this Crostini & Reheat
With this one, you can freeze it and reheat later. When I was testing this recipe I cooked a batch and froze them in packs of four.
- Wrap the desired number of crostini in plastic wrap. Four works well. And I did double wrap them.
- Take the wrapped crostini and place in a freezer-safe slider bag (quart-sized bags are awesome for this).
- Take out of freezer when you want to reheat. I've let them defrost overnight in the fridge AND I've also taken out of the freezer and put directly into the toaster oven. Either way works!
- Heat toaster oven to 325 degrees and let them cook until warm and toasty. If you think they might burn (toaster ovens are all different), tent a small piece of foil and place on top. Should be ready in 7-10 minutes.
Cooking at Home for the Holidays
It is late fall which means it's almost Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, New Year's Eve and Super Bowl Sunday. It all happens so fast once Thanksgiving arrives, right? Holidays mean food - lots and lots of food. Maybe you're a seasoned home chef or maybe you're a beginner. Either way, there really has never been a better time to cook at home.
I have a lot of great recipes right here with step-by-step written instructions as well as accompanying videos to walk you through the whole cooking process. I love cooking at home and I love making delicious food for all my loved ones. And if you're here - you probably do too. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you give this one a try. 🙂
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