Smoked Salmon Crostini and GIVEAWAY!

by simplylife on April 12, 2011

Looking for a fun appetizer that is just bursting with flavor and doesn’t require any silverware to eat?  Then you have to try this Smoked Salmon Crostini!  It truly is just the perfect medley of flavors!


To start, cut-up a French baguette into about 1 inch slices.  Toast them in a 350 degree oven for about 2 minutes per side.  Then spread pesto over each piece.  I prefer making my own so I can control all the ingredients (recipe below).  Next cover each piece with a slice of smoked salmon.  Then, top them off with artichokes and sun-dried tomatoes.  Bake for about 5 minutes until it is warmed through, sprinkle with scallions and enjoy!

Perfect Pesto
Ingredients:
3 tbs. dried basil (different measurement if using fresh basil)
1/4 cup pine nuts
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:
1.  Add the basil to a food processor and pulse a few times. Add the pine nuts and pulse again. Add garlic and pulse a few more times.

3. Slowly add the olive oil while the food processor is on while frequently stopping and scraping the sides with a spatula. Add the cheese and pulse until well blended. Add salt and pepper to taste.


In other exciting news: remember the review of Perfect Foods Bar I posted about?  Well, they are giving away one mixed box (or any flavor) to a Simply Life reader!

To enter:
1.  In honor of their philosophy that everyone should know what’s in their food, visit their nutrition info and tell me one ingredient you like that the bars contain!

For extra entries:


1. Become a follower of Simply Life.
2. Subscribe to Simply Life.
3. Blog about this giveaway.
4. Add Simply Life to your blogroll.


All entries must be submitted by April 17 and you must have a US address.
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  • Erica

    Can't beat a fast & delicious appetizer! And pesto is amazing. This is such a fun giveaway!My favorite ingredients are the carob chips and carob powder in the carob chip bar. I recently began experimenting with carob powder and I love it!

  • Lauren at Keep It Sweet

    I like that they are made with organic peanut butter!

  • Shannon

    Ahhh I was looking for something JUST LIKE THIS to make this weekend for a wine and cheese gathering! I'll definitely be bookmarking!

    I love that these bars are made with so many whole food vegetable powders… gotta love nutrition packed snacks!

  • amanda@seegirlcook

    your crostini looks amaaaaazing! mmmmmm…

    as for the bars, i'm amazed that they contain veggies! looks tasty and nutritious.

  • Design Wine and Dine

    Love smoked salmon on everything and anything! Looks delicious!

  • Min {Honest Vanilla}

    Oh this looks so classy for a starter :) I love all the ingredients in this plate! Nice tip~

  • Shannon @ My Place In The Race

    Oh wow! Those sound amazing! I love smoked salmon :)

  • the actor’s diet

    i love that they have pb. loooove pb.

  • Franci

    I love that these bars are made with organic honey! Yum!

  • Meri

    Defo the protein! Whopping 18 grams in the PB?

  • Meri

    and I'm a follower!

  • Katerina

    Those appetizers look mouthwatering!

  • Justeen @ Blissful Baking

    This appetizer looks awesome – love smoked salmon + pesto!

    I love that the Perfect Foods Bars contain VEGGIES! Organic alfalfa and red bell pepper? So neat!

  • MelindaRD

    I love that the first ingredient is organic PB.

  • Lisa Fine [lisasfoods]

    I love that one of the ingredients is organic honey. It's one of my favorite things.

  • thefitacademic

    I LOVE homemade pesto! It is the BEST! So fresh!

  • Juliana

    Pesto and smoked salmon…they sure look very tasty in a crostini. Great appetizer. Have a great week ahead :-)

  • Junia

    crostinis remind me of the tapas bars in spain :).

    ps – i majored in spanish/political science/secondary education teaching! :)

  • Jennifer

    Pesto? i'm all yours! yum!

    I love that there are organic carrots in these bars! thats just genius!

    xoXOxo
    Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

  • Jennifer

    Following!

  • Jennifer

    I also subscribe to your feed =)

  • Priya

    Crostini looks inviting..

  • Erica

    Crostini is the perfect appetizer and your looks amazing!

  • Mom

    Very lovely, healthy and fresh looking appetizer! Nice giveaway!

  • Fresh Local and Best

    These look like great appetizers! I like the Mediterranenean influence of sun dried tomatoes, pesto and artichoke hearts!

  • Jen

    This looks so yummy! :D

  • our journey west…

    organic fruits!

  • x0xannabanana

    I'm a follower.

    anddd

    i like that they have 10g of monounsaturated fat :] loveeee healthy fats~!

  • tigerfish

    Organic peanut butter! :)

    You have a perfect crostini with that perfect pesto and smoked salmon!

  • Belinda @zomppa

    Loving this, but I wouldn't serve it as an appetizer. I'd keep it all for myself.

  • baking.serendipity

    A peanut butter granola bar with red pepper in it? I'm totally intrigued! These look awesome :) As for the crostini…it's one of my favorite appetizers, but I'm still trying to like salmon :( maybe these will help?!

  • Natalie

    I love the combo of salmon and pesto…SO delicious!

  • Edible Art

    Mmmmmm pesto…
    you def caught my tummy grumbles on this one (:

  • Jennifer

    I love that organic peanut butter (or almond butter) is the first ingredient!

  • Jennifer

    I'm a follower!

  • Jennifer

    I also subscribe to your feed.

  • Sweet and Savory

    Wow…can't believe the pb kind has tomatoes and peppers in it???

  • Sweet and Savory

    I'm a follower!

  • Blackswan

    Sigh, I can never participate in your contest. Hahaha! Love those Smoked Salmon Crostini!

    Oh, Luxury Haven is conducting her 2nd Giveaway, open to all regardless of when u reside :) Be sure to support & join in the fun @ Mother’s Day Handmade Accessories Giveaway!

  • Sweet And Crumby

    This appetizer looks perfect for a busy day when guests are coming over. Pesto is definitely a food of the Gods if you ask me. So delicious!

  • Tracy Simmons

    Organic olive oil is one of the ingredients!

  • Tracy Simmons

    I am on your blogroll :)

  • Tracy Simmons

    Oops, I meant you are on my blogroll and I am a follower!

  • Eva

    Love the PB :D

  • Natalia – a side of simple

    Peanut Butter, for sure :)

  • Natalia – a side of simple

    You're on my blog roll!

  • Brittany

    RED BELL PEPPER!!!! THAT"S CRAZY.
    carpetgirl@gmail.com

  • Maria@La_Piattini

    Organic flaxseed caught my eye…although organic papaya sounds great, too!

  • Maria@La_Piattini

    I also subscribe to your blog :)

  • Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather

    Mmmmm pesto covered crusty bread. Delicious!

    I love ALL of the ingredients in those perfect food bar. All the hidden veggies are awesome.

  • kolpin

    i love that there are vegetables in there, including organic spinach
    kolpin4680 at gmail dot com

  • kolpin

    gfc follower kolpin
    kolpin4680 at gmail dot com

  • kolpin

    subscriber
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  • thefitacademic

    I'm a follower! : )

  • thefitacademic

    and I'm a subscriber of your blog!

  • thefitacademic

    I love that there are so many ORGANIC ingredients listed!

  • Tara

    Wait…veggies in a bar?! Yes, please!

  • rdexposed.com

    Organic pumpkin seed oil? Sign me up!

  • rdexposed.com

    And just subscribed to your blog after taking a look around! :)

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