Crunchy Christmas Crostini

Crunchy Christmas Crostini

The tanginess of the salad beetroot pickles goes well with stilton, but you can use chutney if you prefer


  • 1 ready-to-bake ciabatta loaf
  • Handful of celery leaves taken from the middle of a head of celery
  • About half a 290g jar salad beetroot pickle
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large wedge of vegetarian stilton , about 200g/8oz


  1. Up to a day ahead, heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Slice the ciabatta into about 25 thin slices. Lay them on a couple of baking trays and brush with the oil. Toast in the oven for 10 mins until they begin to go golden, checking after 5 mins as the trays may need turning.
  2. Up to an hour ahead, cut the stilton into slices a little smaller than the toasts (this is easier to do if the cheese is cold from the fridge), keep covered.
  3. Before serving, heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Spoon a little pile of beetroot onto the end of each piece of bread. Prop a slice of cheese up against each pile of beetroot and bake for 3-4 minutes until the cheese is starting to melt. You don’t want it too melty – try to catch it just as it’s starting to ooze over the edge.
  4. Top each cheesy canapé with a little sprig of celery leaves and serve immediately.

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