Tomato Crostini – Basil & Garlic Compound Butter

Tomato Crostini with Basil and Roasted Garlic Compound Butter is a simple yet impressive appetizer.  It is perfect for party food or an afternoon snack!

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Everyone knows that I love my ice creams, but appetizers and little nibbles are my all-time favorite food.  There is nothing better than a table covered with a variety of appetizers and dips.  I love all of the difference flavors, textures, colors and smells.

These crostini have it all . . . the amazing flavors of tomato and basil, the crisp toasted bread and creamy butter , the gorgeous deep red color of the tomatoes and of course the unbelievable aroma of garlic and basil.  That is one perfect bite!

The aroma is where this recipe first began.  I was at my local farmer’s market {my usual Saturday morning routine} and I kept noticing the most amazing scents.  Of course, there are a lot of fantastic smells at the farmer’s market.  So I had to follow my nose like a bloodhound on a hunt.  It led me to a vendor that was selling tomatoes so ripe they could burst at any moment and bundles of vibrant basil.

Sniff . . . Sniff . . . yes this was the unbelievable scent that was in the air!

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I took home my farmer’s market bounty, roasted some garlic, whipped up the compound butter then toasted some crusty bread . . . BadaBingBadaBoom . . . Tomato Crostini with Basil and Roasted Garlic Compound Butter!

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Compound butter is one of those things that sounds super-duper-fancy-pants but is really simple to make.  It is basically mixing your desired flavors into softened butter then allowing the butter to get firm in the refrigerator.

This Basil and Roasted Garlic Compound Butter would be great on more than just crostini.  Try it on steak, potatoes, roasted vegetables, over rice, quinoa or pasta.  I don’t slather butter on everything that I eat, but when I do I really go for it!

First Thing Is First, Check Out This Tutorial: How To Roast Garlic

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Tomato Crostini - Garlic/Basil Butter
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Compound Butter
  1. 1 Stick Salted or Unsalted Butter (room temperature)
  2. 3 Large Cloves of Roasted Garlic (chopped) - How To Roast Garlic
  3. 2 Tb Chopped Basil
  4. Pinch Salt/Pepper
  5. Plastic Wrap (about 12 inches long)
Crostini
  1. 1 French Baguette
  2. 2 Tb Olive Oil
  3. 2-3 Large Ripe Tomatoes (sliced)
Compound Butter
  1. Combine the soft butter, chopped garlic, chopped basil, salt and pepper.
  2. Lay the piece of plastic wrap flat on your counter or cutting board.
  3. Spoon the butter mixture in a line down the middle of the plastic wrap.
  4. Wrap the butter with the plastic wrap and form into a log/sausage shape.
  5. Tightly wrap, twist and seal the ends of the plastic wrap.
  6. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours or until firm.
  7. To serve, remove plastic wrap and slice into butter rounds.
Crostini
  1. Slice the baguette and brush slices with olive oil (both sides).
  2. Bake at 375° for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
  3. Remove crostini from oven.
  4. Spread compound butter on the crostini and top with a slice of tomato.
  5. Return to the oven for 5 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven and top with a round of compound butter. Serve immediately.
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 “You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces – just good food from fresh ingredients.”      - Julia Child

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More Delicious Nibbles:

Artichoke & Roasted Garlic Dip

Artichoke & Roasted Garlic Dip

Crostini with Fresh Ricotta & Roasted Grapes

Crostini with Fresh Ricotta & Roasted Grapes

How To Roast Garlic

How To Roast Garlic

 I love a good party!  I’ve been known to share my delicious creations at THESE awesome parties!

 


Comments

  1. That butter sounds amazing Nicole! Better get on this while I have fresh tomatoes!

  2. Omg that butter sounds gorgeous! It would be delicious with so many things… must make!

  3. These look so good! Love the sound of the butter!

  4. I love compound butter! It adds such flavor to any dish. The basil in my garden has been bountiful this year, I can’t wait to try this recipe.

  5. I’m totally with you with loving apps. Nothing makes me happier than a spread of little bites that you can graze on!

  6. The butter sounds wonderful! I love flavored butters, I love how easy they are to make and how much flavor they add!

  7. Oh my! This looks amazing!! Ive made fruit butter before with fresh fruits but never thought to try it with something delicious like roasted garlic. mmmm. Looks so good!

    Ps.. stopping by Nifty Thrifty Things :)

    • Nicole Harris says:

      Thanks Kelley! I think flavored butters are my new favorite thing … much to the detriment of my waistline :P

  8. I am just like you, Nicole! Put a table full of appetizers in front of me and I’m one happy gal! This looks so good and that butter is to die for!

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