Olive Bread Crostini with Red Pepper Spread


Keep a loaf of olive bread in the freezer and a jar of roasted peppers in your pantry, and you can whip up this simple, savory appetizer anytime.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
12 servings


  • 1 small garlic, minced

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 (12 ounce) jar roasted red peppers, drained and dried with a paper towel

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

  • 1 ½ teaspoons balsamic vinegar

  • ½ teaspoon packed brown sugar

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 12 (1/4 inch thick) slices olive bread, halved diagonally


  1. Mash garlic and salt into a paste using a mortar and pestle; transfer to a food processor. Add roasted red peppers and 1 tablespoon oil; pulse just until a coarse puree forms. Transfer red pepper spread to a bowl and stir in basil, vinegar, sugar, and pepper.

  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  3. Brush both sides of bread slices with remaining 2 tablespoons oil. Arrange bread in a single layer on a baking sheet.

  4. Bake bread slices in the preheated oven, turning once, until golden, about 25 minutes. Cool crostini on a rack.

  5. Top each crostini with 3/4 tablespoon red pepper spread just before serving.

Cook's Notes:

Crostini can be toasted 4 hours ahead and kept at room temperature. Red pepper spread can be made 2 days ahead and kept chilled and covered.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

56 Calories
4g Fat
5g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 56
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Sodium 522mg 23%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 13mg 66%
Calcium 19mg 1%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 52mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.