Easy Pizza Crostini Appetizer Recipe

pizza crostini with pepperoni and cheese
Pizza baguette slices with mozzarella cheese. Diana Rattray
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  • Total: 25 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: 24 Servings

These tasty pizza crostini appetizers are super easy to prepare with a loaf of French bread and pizza toppings. Feel free to vary the toppings on the crostini; omit the onion or use bell pepper or sausage in place of the pepperoni. If you have garlic flavored olive oil, omit the garlic halves.

You might also add a dab of pizza sauce to the crostini or serve them with hot prepared pizza sauce or marinara.

See the tips below the recipe for more topping ideas.


  • 1 baguette, sliced about 1/2-inch thick
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, halved
  • 2 plum tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup chopped pepperoni
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped onion
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons sliced ripe olives
  • 1 cup finely shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil or about 1 teaspoon dried leaf basil

Steps to Make It

  1. Heat oven to 375 F. Arrange the baguette slices on a baking sheet. Brush each slice with olive oil and rub with garlic halves.

  2. Combine the finely chopped tomato, pepperoni, and onion. Sprinkle the tomato mixture onto each slice. Top with a few slices of olive and sprinkle with basil. Top with mozzarella cheese. If the cheese shreds are large, chop a bit.

  3. Bake for about 10 minutes, until they are hot and the cheese has melted.

Makes 24 to 36 appetizers.

Expert Tips

  • Prepare some of the crostini with a simple garlic and Parmesan cheese topping. In a small bowl, combine 1/2 cup of fresh grated Parmesan cheese, 1 teaspoon of finely minced garlic, 2 tablespoons of butter, and 1/4 teaspoon of dried leaf basil or oregano. Mix well and spread over the baguette slices. Bake along with the pizza crostini. Makes enough for about half a baguette, depending on size.