Olive Crostini

Olive crostinis, sliced baguette, spread with an olive, garlic, cheese tapenade, and toasted in the oven. Delicious appetizer.

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Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

Here is a quick and easy appetizer, tasty and fun to make. Preparing these today for an afternoon barbecue I was assisted by my sous-chef Alden, of Carlisle, Massachusetts.

Olive Crostini

Aldie is just about 6 years old and loves to help out; she is especially good helping me find things in an unfamiliar kitchen, opening cans of olives with the can opener, spreading olive paste on baguette slices, and serving the finished work to her guests. Thanks Alden and thank you Heidi (Alden’s mom) for the recipe!

Olive Crostini

Olive Crostini Recipe

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: Makes approximately 24 toasts


  • 1/2 cup black olives
  • 1/2 cup green olives with pimientos
  • 2 medium cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup Monterey jack cheese, grated
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 baguette


1 Chop the olives in a food processor. Transfer to medium bowl. With machine running, drop garlic through the feed tube of the food processor and mince. Add Parmesan, butter, and olive oil, and process into a paste. Add butter mixture to bowl with olives. Fold in jack cheese and parsley.

2 Cut baguette into thin slices and spread each slice generously with olive mixture.

3 Cook under broiler until bubbly and lightly browned - about 2 minutes.

Serve right out of oven. Helps to make olive mixture in advance and spread right before you put in the oven.

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Olive Crostini

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  • Lady Amalthea

    Those look delicious and the pictures are so adorable!

  • jelena

    Can I just say, that I always think of this wonderful appetizer whenever I invite people over? I just love the taste of olives, garlic (did I not forget to say “garlic”?!), parsley, and cheese, all on the crunchy piece of bread. Sooo good. A little piece of heaven. I absolutely love it, and so does everyone that ever tried (and ate it) at my house. Thanx a lot!

  • Sandra

    Made this last night when a few friends popped in! I had everything on hand and it came together quick. The spread was DELICIOUS! All my friends loved it as well and asked for the recipe. I’ve directed them to Simply Recipes, of course :)

  • Susie

    Made these for a party recently and they were a big hit – so much so I didn’t even get a chance to try one! Thanks for the great recipe :)

  • Lorie

    Love, love, love this recipe — as have my guests, young & old. Easy to make, inexpensive appetizer that adds pizzaz to basic everyday olives. Used a tad less butter. I’m also wondering if anyone has experience freezing & using small amounts as needed?

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