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Spicy Cheese Crostini

Get creative with this easy cheese crostini recipe! Perfect for an appetizer or snack, this delicious baguette appetizer is sure to satisfy.

Spicy Cheese Crostini

Ingredients for Cheese Crostini Appetizer

  • 1 loaf of Italian bread – Ah, bread: the foundation of this delicious cheese crostini dish. I recommend soft bread like the Italian loaf pictured here or a French baguette. Avoid hard, crunchy bread as this recipe is like a pizza without sauce. Toasting the bread will give it a nice crunchiness to balance out the cheese.
  • 3 Tbs Butter
  • 4 oz. cream cheese (softened)
  • 4 oz. Mozzarella cheese
  • 2 Tbs grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp pizza seasoning – If you don’t have Pizza Seasoning you can make some. It is a herb blend of Oregano, Basil, Marjoram, and Granulated Garlic.
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes – This adds a perfect amount of heat.
Sliced Italian bread for Crostini

How to make Cheese Crostini

  • Preheat your oven to 350F, then cut a loaf of bread into ¼-inch slices.
  • Spread butter on top of the slices and mix the remaining ingredients together in a bowl.
  • Spread the mixture on top of the butter-covered bread slices and arrange them on a baking tray.
  • Bake for 5 minutes, then switch the oven to broil and broil on high for 2-3 minutes.
  • Watch the cheese closely, as it can quickly turn from golden bubbles to burnt toast. As soon as the cheese starts to bubble, take the tray out of the oven. Enjoy!
Spicy Cheese Crostini

Variations for Cheese Crostini

These creamy cheesy crostini appetizers are completely customizable to your tastes. Experiment with other cheeses and seasonings. Here are a few recommendations to make this simple cheese crostini to the next level.

  • Add salted pork like prosciutto, bacon, or pepperoni.
  • Mix and match cheeses. Swap out the cream cheese for goat cheese!
  • Add veggies like sauteed bell peppers or caramelized onion.
  • Add herbs like basil, parsley, or thyme.
Cheese Crostini

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If you’re looking for something sweet, my dessert crostini can’t be beaten; a layer of hazelnut spread, fresh fruit, and delectable whipped cream provides a delightful balance between decadence and health.

But if you’re after something savory, my Burrata Caprese Crostini is the way to go. Sweet balsamic glaze, creamy burrata cheese, Roma tomatoes, and fresh basil come together on top of buttery crostini to create a flavor sensation like no other.

Serve Crostini Appetizers with cocktails.

Here is our recipe for Cheese Crostini

cheese crostini

Spicy Cheese Crostini

Yield: 8

Spicy Cheese Crostini seasoned with pizza seasoning and red pepper flakes.


  • 1 loaf of Italian bread
  • 3 Tbs Butter
  • 4 oz. cream cheese (softened)
  • 4 oz. Mozzarella cheese
  • 2 Tbs grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp pizza seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes


  1. Slice bread into quarter-inch slices.
  2. Spread butter on top of bread slices.
  3. In a mixing bowl mix together the remaining ingredients.
  4. Spread mixture on the top of the bread slices and place on a cookie sheet.
  5. Bake cheese bread for 5 minutes at 350F.
  6. Turn your oven on to broil and broil on high for 3 minutes. This time can vary just keep an eye on your toast so they don’t burn. This step gives you those burned cheese bubbles. As soon as they appear pull the tray out of the oven.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 291Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 38mgSodium: 554mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 9g

All amounts are estimates and DailyAppetite takes no responsibility for actual figures since calculations vary by packaging and supplier.

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