Appetizers & Side Dishes

Asparagus Crostini

Prep Time: 15 min  |  Cook Time: 35 min  |  Servings: 48 crostini  |  Calories: 46
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Asparagus Crostini
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
35 min
48 crostini

These tasty and creative crostini are as beautiful as they are delicious. Our recipe combines flavors that are quintessentially spring-like with asparagus, pancetta and handmade crisps made with Sargento® Artisan Blends® Shredded Parmesan Cheese that look so fancy but are super easy to create! They will make these appetizers look incredibly gourmet and impressive.

  • 1/3 cup plus 1 Tbsp. olive oil, divided
  • 1 long baguette, about 2 feet long, cut into 48 1/2-inch thick slices
  • 3/4 lb. asparagus (about 12 stalks), ends trimmed
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1-1/4 cups (5 oz.) Sargento® Artisan Blends® Shredded Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 cup Sargento® Whole Milk Ricotta Cheese
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh basil, divided
  • 1/3 lb. pancetta, cut into 1/4-inch dice
  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  2. Brush both sides of each slice of bread with 1/3 cup oil. Toast until lightly browned, 5 to 7 minutes. Let cool. (The crostini can be made up to 2 days ahead. Keep in an airtight container.)
  3. Place asparagus stalks on a baking sheet and drizzle with remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast until the asparagus is just beginning to turn brown and crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. Let sit until cool enough to handle. Cut the asparagus crosswise into 1/4-inch slices. Set aside.
  4. In a small bowl, mix together Ricotta, 1/2 cup Parmesan and 2 tablespoons basil. Set aside. (This can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate.)
  5. To make Parmesan crisps: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place a heaping teaspoonful of Parmesan on the baking sheet. Smooth into a rectangle about the length of each crostini. Repeat with remaining Parmesan, spacing about 1/2-inch apart. Cook for 6 to 8 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool. (Parmesan crisps can be made 1 day ahead and stored in an airtight container.)
  6. In a medium sauté pan, place the pancetta over medium heat. Cook until pancetta is crisp and brown around the edges, about 6 minutes. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Let cool.
  7. Spread about 1 teaspoon of Ricotta-Parmesan mixture on each crostini. Lightly press 5 or 6 slices of asparagus and 3 or 4 pieces of pancetta into the cheese mixture. Bake 7 to 9 minutes, or until the cheese is heated through and the edges of the asparagus are a shade darker. Remove from the oven and let cool 5 minutes. Place a Parmesan crisp on top of each crostini, sprinkle with remaining basil and serve.

Serving Size 48 crostini

Calories 46

*Percent Daily Values (DV) are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Amount/Serving %DV*
Total Fat 3.40g 5%
Sat. Fat 1.20g 6%
Mono Unsat. Fat 1.90g
Poly Unsat. Fat 0.20g
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 68mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 0g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A 7RE
Vitamin C 1mg 2%
Calcium 46mg 5%
Iron 0mg 0%