This is a go-to recipe for entertaining. It is so, so easy, tastes great and comes across as much more fancy than it actually is and like you spent more time prepping in the kitchen than you actually did.

This appetizer can be whipped up in literally 10 minutes. And who doesn’t love crostini? I once did a mini crostini bar for a good friend’s bridal shower and it was a big hit.

I recently made this recipe for a work party and a friend’s housewarming party. Compliments all around.

Artichoke parmesan crostini (recipe via Martha Stewart)

Ingredients 
8 slices (1/4 inch thick) baguette
2 tablespoons olive oil
Coarse salt and ground pepper
1 jar (6 1/2 ounces) marinated artichoke hearts, drained, rinsed, and patted dry
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese, plus more for garnish (optional)
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Make crostini: Brush baguette slices on both sides with a total of 1 tablespoon oil; season with salt and pepper. Place on a baking sheet, and bake, turning over once, until golden, 10 to 12 minutes. Cool.
Meanwhile, make topping: Finely chop artichokes, and combine in a bowl with Parmesan, parsley, and remaining tablespoon oil.

Dividing evenly, spoon topping onto crostini, and garnish with additional Parmesan, if desired.

Note, I usually double, sometimes triple this recipe for entertaining. 

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I’d love for you to comment and share what your favorite/go-to appetizer is for entertaining or bringing to pot-lucks.

My faves (some fancy, some not):

Caprese skewers (easy cherry tomato, basil and mozzarella ball on a skewer drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar)
This artichoke parmesan crostini
Tomato bruschetta 
Buffalo chicken dip
Zucchini and goat cheese tart (zucchini is abundant and in season right now at your local farmers’ markets)
Mini BLTs

The weekend is wrapping up and luckily Juliet went down for the night without too much of a struggle. I am planning on heading to bed pretty early as I am bracing for a busy week at work.

Hope you all have a happy Monday, I will be welcoming it with a HUGE mug of coffee.