Balsamic Grape Crostini

Is it crostini or bruschetta? Ever wonder what’s the difference? The terms are often used interchangeably but in short, it’s the type of bread used and the method of toasting.

Crostini (a.k.a. “little toasts”) is usually a made from a baguette which is thinly sliced, toasted and served with a topping or spread.

Bruschetta, the Italian word “bruscare” ( aka “to roast over coals”) is traditionally made by using whole, wide slices of rustic Italian or sourdough bread and grilled over hot coals to achieve a nice char. The grilled bread is rubbed with a clove of raw garlic, drizzled with olive oil and a sprinkle of salt for a basic version.

Whichever terminology you use, they are both delicious appetizers!

So why did I use grapes instead of the traditional tomato crostini?

My Challenge: Create a Valentine’s Day recipe using products from Melissa’s Produce and Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Balsamic Vinegar from Garlic de la Cruz Olive Oil.

I decided to make balsamic grape crostini as I had some basil. I thought this would be a great appetizer for Valentine’s Day as it’s something different, simple to make and can be served cold or warm.

Some info on the products I used:

Candy Hearts® Grapes from Melissa’s Produce:

“One of the most uniquely delicious grapes we have ever tried, Candy Hearts® have a rich and candied sweetness. These have been called the “red Cotton Candy® Grape,” and while they are every bit as tasty as Cotton Candies, we think their flavor has even more dimension.