Crostini are the must-have party basic. Use as a base for assorted toppers, such as creamy cheeses, tapenade or spreads.

Makes 24-32 servings

1 baguette

3 tablespoons olive oil

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2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme

1 teaspoon minced fresh garlic

½ teaspoon sea salt

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2. Cut the baguette with a serrated knife into ¼ -inch diagonal slices. Lay out on a baking sheet pan.

3. In a small bowl, mix together the oil, thyme and garlic. Lightly brush the baguette slices with the herb oil, then sprinkle with salt. Bake for about 10-15 minutes, or until just crispy.

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