My husband thought I was crazy when I served this for dinner tonight. After all, this should be an appetizer for Christmas.... Well, I became bored at home after I made my usual spam and egg sandwich for lunch. When I looked at the loafs of white bread that my husband bought from the Japanese bakery yesterday, I felt that I wanted to do something different with it other than spam and egg sandwiches.
This Japanese bakery sells the best white bread I have had since I have been in this country. Its white bread had converted my husband from being a fan of the Trader Joe's whole wheat multi-grain bread to becoming someone who hates the Trader Joe's whole wheat multi-grain bread. Naturally, the delicious white bread makes the best tasting Crostini.
I bought a Christmas tree cookie cutter years ago wanting to make Christmas tree cookies to bring to the Christmas party at work. I ended up not making any cookies but bought a party tray from the grocery store instead. I had forgotten about the cookie cutter until today when I continued to unpack another moving box. When I saw the brand new cookie cutter that had never been used all these years, I thought of using it to may be make some croutons for salads. Then I felt they were too big for salads and decided to turn them into Crostini. After making the Crostini out of curiosity, I couldn't think of what to do with them other than eating them in lieu of dinner. They tasted really good with Champagne.
Makes 24 Crostinis
- 24 pieces of really really good quality white bread
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 teaspoons dry parsley flakes
- 1 can (5oz) tuna in oil, drained and flaked (reserve 1 to 2 tablespoons of oil)
- 1 red bell pepper, finely diced
- 1 cup can (7oz) sweet corn
- 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- Salt & ground pepper
- Powdered Parmesan cheese for garnish
- Preheat oven to 350F. Cut 24 Christmas trees out of the white bread using a cookie cutter. Place the Christmas tree pieces on the baking sheet. On both sides, brush with olive oil and sprinkle with parsley flakes. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden. Turn over once during baking.
- In a large mixing bowl, mix together ingredients 4) to 7). Use some of the reserved oil from the can tuna to bind the ingredients if necessary. Or you can use some mayo to bind instead. Season with salt and ground pepper.
- Spoon the tuna mixture from step 2 above onto the baked Christmas tree pieces, garnish with powdered Parmesan cheese and serve.