This is one of the appetizers my friends request most. There is rarely any left over when I serve it. The red pepper flakes and basil add a nice little kick to the taste.
-Barbara McCalley, Allison Park, Pennsylvania
In Idaho Falls, Idaho, Ramona McClung enjoys serving this for a light luncheon or late night snack. Her toasty, French bread bites are colorful and topped with tasty veggies and melted Parmesan cheese.
If you had to capture summer in a salad, this would be it. Mozzarella pearls are infused with a sweet and tangy marinade, then placed on a bed of tender greens alongside fresh sliced strawberries and drizzled with the homemade vinaigrette.
Prosciutto, Parmesan and pine nuts tastefully top French bread slices in these hand-held appetizers. Make the topping the day before, then the next day, spread on bread and broil.
—Taste of Home Test Kitchen
I made a healthier spin on my favorite celebrity chef's recipe by using hearty vegetable broth and less cheese. To top crostini, use less broth for a paste-like pesto. For use on pasta, add more broth for a sauce-like consistency. —Amber Massey, Argyle, Texas
This scrumptious appetizer from our Test Kitchen is worth every bit of time it takes to make! Guests will love the vegetable combination on crisp baguettes. Add a sprinkling of cheese, and you've got a hit!
This appealing appetizer takes classic bruschetta to new heights. Instead of olive oil, these savory treats are spread with reduced-fat cream cheese, then topped with tomato, green onion and ripe olives.—Michelle Wentz, Fort Polk, Louisiana
For a light bite, Elaine Sweet created these pretty appetizers. “I really like asparagus, so I’m always trying it in different things,” says the Dallas, Texas reader. "This is a delicious twist on traditional bruschetta."