This recipe was in the Australian Womens Weekly Italian cookbook. This crostini recipe is really good. My friends love them. I usually keep some toast rounds on hand so I can make them up in a hurry. Serve them at a cocktail party or as an appetizer before dinner. I make up a batch of the anchovie mix split it into four place each in small plastic bag & freeze for future use - , I have also frozen the toasts with the anchovie spread on them then just decorate before popping into the oven.. I prefer freezing the spread separately.
- 12 slices white bread (or 24 slices of a baguette)
- 1 ounce virgin olive oil
- 1 1⁄2 ounces butter
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 cup milk
- 3 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
- 3 ounces mushrooms, finely diced
- 2 teaspoons anchovy paste
- 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
- 1 (50 g) canrolled anchovy fillets
- 6 stuffed olives
- 1⁄4 red pepper
- salt and pepper
- Cut 2" circles from the bread (or use the 1/4" baguette slices).
- Brush both sides of the bread with the olive oil.
- Place on a cookie sheet and bake in moderate oven for 10 min or until golden brown (You can make up a whole lot of these toasts for future use as they store well in a closed tin).
- Melt butter in a frypan.
- Add flour, mixing well and cook for 1 minute.
- Add milk and stir over moderate heat until it boils& thickens, remove from heat.
- Add 3 tbsp parmesan,Salt& pepper& mushrooms.
- Mix well.
- Add anchovy paste and stir through. The mixture looks a bit loose but it will bake perfectly
- Spread 2 teasp on each toast and generously sprinkle with the extra parmesan. I do this just before I am ready to bake them. however it can be done and then freeze them for future use
- Slice the olives and put a slice of olive on some of the crostinis.
- Put a rolled anchovy on some.
- Put a thin slice on red pepper on the remaining crostinis.
- Bake in a hot oven (400F degrees) for 10 minutes or until they are bubbly and brown on top.
- Serve and wait for the rave revues.