Olive Crostini

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

  • 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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  • Beth - The Zen Foodist

    Such cute photos of your little friends! You’re right – this sounds easy and delicious! And it’s a lot of ingredients that I often have on-hand.

  • Lady Amalthea

    Those look delicious and the pictures are so adorable!

  • Elise

    Hi Beth and LA – Anything, anything I can do to encourage kids to learn to enjoy cooking instead of begging for heated up frozen chicken fingers, I will do. I’m blessed to have friends who have kids who love to “help out” in the kitchen, especially if they can eat some of what we make. :-)

  • Betsy

    I made these, and am going to be making them again this week! They are soooo yummy! The recipe is perfect, I wouldn’t change a thing.

  • ChezMegane

    This is a great recipe! I just made these with a slight variation: I can’t get monterey jack in France so I used diced fresh mozzarella, and I added chopped fresh basil. It was really good!

  • Krystal

    I made these, do you think rinsing the olives a bit would help make it less salty??

  • Jen

    I have been making this since last yearand I love it! Costco has an excellent Olive Tapenade that I use for a quick appetizer with crackers.

    Finally decided to use the tapenade for this recipe and it was even better(which I didnt think was possible!)

  • Kathleen in Austin, TX

    I made this last week and it is to die for! Perfect blend of flavors. Thanks for sharing!

  • Helana

    I love this recipe! I made it once last night and found it so delicious that I couldn’t help but make it again. It’s a great appetizer at a dinner party, and a totally satisfying snack too. Yum!

  • 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?

  • 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 :)

  • 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 :)

  • 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!

  • Sun Jae

    This is a killer appetizer! I make this everytime I have friends coming over or bring it with me whenever I’m invited, it’s sooo goooood! And totally addictive as well. I used Gouda cheese as I live in Belgium and we don’t have Monterey jack cheese here but I think those are quite similar. Thanks sooo much for this recipe! Just thinking about it makes me dribble ^_^