Crunchy Christmas crostini

Crunchy Christmas crostini

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Cooking time

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 15 mins Ready in 35 minutes

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 25

The tanginess of the salad beetroot pickles goes well with stilton, but you can use chutney if you prefer

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition info

Nutrition per crostini

kcalories
62
protein
3g
carbs
5g
fat
4g
saturates
2g
fibre
0g
sugar
0g
salt
0.4g

Ingredients

  • 1 ready-to-bake ciabatta loaf
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large wedge of vegetarian Stilton, about 200g/8oz
  • about half a 290g/11oz jar salad beetroot pickle
  • handful of celery leaves taken from the middle of a head of celery

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Method

  1. Up to a day ahead, heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Slice the ciabatta into about 25 thin slices. Lay them on a couple of baking trays and brush with the oil. Toast in the oven for 10 mins until they begin to go golden, checking after 5 mins as the trays may need turning.
  2. Up to an hour ahead, cut the stilton into slices a little smaller than the toasts (this is easier to do if the cheese is cold from the fridge), keep covered.
  3. Before serving, heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Spoon a little pile of beetroot onto the end of each piece of bread. Prop a slice of cheese up against each pile of beetroot and bake for 3-4 minutes until the cheese is starting to melt. You don’t want it too melty – try to catch it just as it’s starting to ooze over the edge.
  4. Top each cheesy canapé with a little sprig of celery leaves and serve immediately.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, December 2005

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