Bacon, Avocado and Tomato Crostini

In the past, I’ve not really been a fan of bacon. Adam has always been a fan, but me… not so much.  The other day, some thick cut bacon at the deli counter caught Adam’s eye.  I went with it and we built this recipe from there.  I knew it was going to be tasty, but again, I wasn’t much of a fan of bacon … but, then I tried this bacon… it was salty, sweet, smoky, almost buttery and actually led to a fundamental life moment – the moment when I realized I LOVE bacon!

Fortunately, before I had the chance to scarf down the sheet pan full of bacon, Adam reminded me about the need to actually do something with it and take a few photos, so we got to work (I was positioned as far away from the bacon as possible).  We made a really simple flavored mayonnaise for the base; all we did was use a microplane to grate fresh garlic and lemon zest into store bought mayo.  Then, we added lemon juice, a pinch of salt and freshly ground some pepper to finish it off.

Next, we carefully sliced some beautiful yellow cherry tomatoes as well as some avocado.  We layered all our ingredients onto our crostini and topped them with shaved parmesan.  The creaminess of the avocado brings everything together from the bright mayo, slightly sweet tomatoes, smoky bacon and the salty cheese.  You can finish one crostini in 2 bites or less and surprisingly, they do not fall apart after the first bite.  They are fun, somewhat nostalgic and perfect for an outdoor BBQ or get-together.

Bacon, Avocado and Tomato Crostini
 
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Yield: 12 crostinis
You Will Need
Mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup Mayonnaise
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated fresh garlic
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • pinch of salt
  • freshly ground pepper
For the Crostini
  • 12 slices French loaf, on diagonal
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 slices high-quality thick cut bacon
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 12 yellow cherry tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 12 shavings of parmesan cheese
Directions
Mayonnaise
  1. Use a microplane to grate the fresh garlic and lemon zest into a mixing bowl, add the lemon juice, mayonnaise, salt and pepper. Stir to combine, then set aside.
For the Crostini
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Place the bacon slices on a baking sheet, sprinkle freshly ground pepper all over the bacon and place into the oven for 15-20 minutes, or until cooked and crispy. Once done, remove from the oven and cut each slice into thirds, set aside.
  3. Place the bread slices onto a baking sheet, drizzle with a little olive oil and bake in the oven until slightly golden, about 12 minutes. Once done, remove fromt the oven and set aside.
  4. Peel and remove pit from the avocado then thinly slice, squeeze a bit of lemon juice over the avocado slices to prevent browning.
  5. To assemble the crostini, smear some mayonnaise add 2-3 thin slices of avocado, 3-4 thin tomato slices, bacon and a parmesan shaving.

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6 comments… Leave a Comment

  • Wendi May 26, 2010, 12:57 pm

    First, welcome to the bacon loving world Joann. We’re glad to have you.

    Second, the crostini looks unbelievably good.

    Third, with regard to avocados, I’m doing something wrong. I buy them while they are still hard and let them ripen at home but then when I cut into them the inside is all brown and speckled instead of lovely creamy green. What the heck am I doing wrong?

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    • inspiredtaste May 26, 2010, 1:46 pm

      Wendi,

      We had the same issues with avocados, but usually tried to eat them too early. I actually learned all about them from (as funny as it sounds) the Hass Avocado Board

      Basically, you know when your avocado is ready when you gently squeeze the avocado with the palm of you hand (not fingers) – if it gives slightly, you are ready to go.

      Hope that helps!

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  • Jennifer May 27, 2010, 10:54 pm

    Oh gosh I know exactly what the bacon transition feels like!! I used to HAAATE bacon. I always thought the flavor was so overpowering whenever it was included in a dish, so I never used it. Then I decided to make Coq au Vin the traditional way and I picked up three slices of a thick cut bacon from the store and when I cooked it for the recipe I tried an itty bitty piece and had to stop myself from eating all of it. Haha. I’m right there with ya!

    Also, the photo of that crostini looks wonderful! Great job :)

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  • Sara June 28, 2010, 2:11 pm

    These look incredible! I was so happy when I found your blog today! Your amazingly yummy food and gorgeous photography make for an incredible combination! YUM!!!

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  • Sara June 28, 2010, 2:14 pm

    p.s. I just have to add that Marmalade has to be one of the most adorable cats that I think I have ever seen! :)

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    • inspiredtaste June 28, 2010, 2:27 pm

      Sara, you are way too kind! We will be sure to let Marmalade know of your compliment, she too, believes she is adorable, something that can, at times, go to her head :)

      Reply

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