Olive Crostini

These Olive Crostini make a perfect EASY party appetizer! Sliced baguette topped with olive, garlic, cheese spread, and toasted in the oven.

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


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


1 Make olive mixture: 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 Broil: 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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  • Irina

    I have found this recipe many years ago and it is still a favorite of mine. I just had to share this with a friend across US who remembered it from our parties and wants to make it for her own New Year’s Eve party. Thank you, Elise!


  • Wendy

    These are yummy, and easy to make, but where is the nutritional info per serving???

  • Beth. Montagna

    Thank you Elise for this incredible recipe. I made it for friends and family on Christmas Eve and it was a big hit. I got so many compliments!

  • Beth

    This recipe looks wonderful.
    Could you please tell me if I toast the baguette slices before spreading with the olive mixture?

  • 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 ^_^

  • 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?

  • 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!

  • Kathleen in Austin, TX

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

  • 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!)

  • Krystal

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

  • 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!

  • 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.


  • Lady Amalthea

    Those look delicious and the pictures are so adorable!