Welcome, party people.
Today I’m going to show you how to make low carb appetizers called crostini, or “little crusts” in Italian. In this country, they are usually called Melba Toast. Now, I don’t want to give you a shock, but we will be using bread for this low carb recipe. But don’t worry, it’s low carb, I promise!
For this recipe, I’ve looked to my new stand-by: Zero Carb Bread from ThinSlim Foods.
As the moniker suggests, this bread has zero net carbs. But it somehow manages to look and taste like real bread. The reason it can be called zero carb is that the carbohydrates all come from fiber, and fiber is indigestible. If your body can’t process it into food energy, then it should not be counted as carbohydrates. So this bread has 7g carb per slice, but it also has 7g fiber. Hence, the name Zero Carb Bread.
To make these low carb crostini, you need to start with the base, the toasted bread itself.
But first, a curious historical side note: It seems that crostini were eaten as far back as the medieval period, when peasants used bread instead of ceramic plates to hold their food. But ideas about sanitation have evolved since then, so I heartily recommend using plates to serve these hors d’oeuvres.
To make the crostini base, you start by brushing 3 slices of Zero Carb Bread, front and back, with 2 tablespoons olive oil or melted butter.
Cut the slices into quarters with a large knife (not a bread knife).
Toast the bread in a 350 degree F oven for 6 minutes. Flip the crostini, and toast for 6-9 minutes more, until golden around the edges and stiff enough that they can’t be bent.
Allow to cool on the pan for at least 15 minutes before adding toppings.
You can use sweet ingredients like nut butters or sweetened ricotta (1 tablespoon ricotta + 1/2 teaspoon Swerve) and top them with nuts and berries.
Or you can spread them with savory ingredients, like soft cheese or mashed avocado and top them with low carb vegetables and meats.
Just make sure to add the toppings right before serving, because the moisture from the spreads will soften the crostini and make them less crisp.
But that’s all there is to it.
In less than a half an hour, you’ll have a colorful Italian appetizer with only 1g net carbs for every 4 crostini. It’s one of those magical low carb recipes that you can take to a party and have no one realize it’s low carb.
But like I mentioned earlier, please make sure to serve them on a plate.
We are not medieval peasants, after all.
Crostini Appetizers [Low Carb & Keto]
These low carb and Keto crostini appetizers are colorful Italian hors d’oevres. And each serving has just 1g net carbs.
- Prep Time: 10
- Cook Time: 15
- Total Time: 25 minutes
- Yield: 12 crostini 1x
- Category: Appetizer
- Method: Baked
- Cuisine: Italian
3 slices ThinSlim Foods Zero Carb Bread
2 tablespoons melted butter or extra virgin olive oil
Topping Spread Ideas:
Cream Cheese and Chives, Sweetened Ricotta (1 tablespoon Ricotta + 1/2 teaspoon Swerve), Mashed Avocado (1/2 avocado + 1 teaspoon lime juice), Cauliflower Hummus, Almond Butter, Egg Salad, Goat Cheese, Pesto
Grape Tomatoes, Parsley, Avocado, Berries, Anchovies, Cucumbers, Olives, Hard Boiled Eggs, Ham, Jalapeno Peppers, Scallions, Nuts, Capers, Basil, Roasted Red Peppers, Pepperoncini
1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F and get out a large cookie sheet.
2. Brush bread, front and back with melted butter or olive oil.
3. Add to the cookie sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes, flipping them at minute 6. Bake until the edges are golden brown and the bread is no longer soft enough to bend.
4. Cool on the cookie sheet for 15 minutes before adding toppings.
5. Mix and match spreads and toppings. You’ll need about 1/2 tablespoon of spread for each crostini.
The nutritional info below is for 4 crostini with cream cheese and cucumbers.
- Serving Size: 4 crostini
- Calories: 167
- Fat: 12
- Carbohydrates: 8
- Fiber: 7
- Protein: 9
Keywords: Low Carb Crostini, Keto Crostini, Low Crab Melba Toast, Keto Melba Toast
If you liked this Zero Carb Bread recipe, then you might like my recipes for French Toast Breakfast Casserole, Blueberry Bread Pudding, or Panzanella Bread Salad.
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