Garlic Crostini With Hummus & Paprika

This simple 10-minute recipe is the perfect way to repurpose a slightly stale baguette into a tasty snack or appetizer.
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Ever wonder what to do with a stale baguette? Or felt guilty about tossing the hardened remains of what was once a delicious loaf of bread into the trash?

We’ve all been there. It’s upsetting when food goes to waste. So when we found ourselves with a piece of baguette sitting on our counter for a few days, slowly starting to lose its soft, plushy freshness, we decided to try something with it.

Stale bread usually still tastes fine as toast, so we figured we could make a rough version of crostini with our stale baguette. We sliced it up, spread some minced garlic over each piece, and broiled it in the oven to get it nice and toasty. From there, we didn’t let our lack of groceries get in the way of deciding what to top these with. An open container of hummus was staring us in the face, begging to be used before it too went bad, so we spread some of that on each crostini. Finally, we topped our crostini with a sprinkle of paprika to give our snack some oomph.

The result? A deliciously simple snack that helped us make sure all our groceries went to use instead of ending up in the trash.

Garlic crostini with hummus and paprika on a serving dish

We’ll be honest with you, crostini made from stale bread is not for everyone. You’ll probably be able to tell that the bread wasn’t quite fresh before it got toasted. But if you never actually knew the bread was a bit stale to begin with, you probably wouldn’t be able to tell – it’s one of those psychological things. Like if you don’t like cheese, but then you eat something that has cheese in it (without knowing) and love it.

You can always make this snack with fresh bread, too! You may have to broil it a bit longer to get the right crisp on the crostini, but it’ll be just as easy and definitely tasty. Whatever your preference, garlic crostini with hummus and paprika is a knockout flavor combination that makes for a satisfying afternoon snack.

An appetizer of garlic crostini with hummus and paprika
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Garlic Crostini With Hummus & Paprika

This simple 10-minute recipe is the perfect way to repurpose a slightly stale baguette into a tasty snack or appetizer.
Servings 8 crostini
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • ¼ loaf french baguette enough for 8 half-inch thick slices
  • 1 to 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 8 tsp hummus we use Cedar's Original Hommus
  • Pinch paprika for sprinkling


  • Line a baking sheet with foil. Slice baguette into 8 half-inch thick pieces and arrange on baking sheet.
  • Spoon a bit of minced garlic onto each baguette slice, then spread it around with the back of the spoon.
  • Broil garlic crostini on LOW until lightly crisped, about 5-6 minutes. Remove from oven and transfer crostini to a serving dish.
  • Spread about 1 tsp of hummus onto each crostini, then sprinkle with paprika and serve.


French baguette: This recipe is a great way to use up slightly old or stale bread. If it’s too tough to eat plain but soft enough to slice through it still, it’s just about perfect for this recipe! (You can also use fresh baguette slices, but may need to broil them longer for the right crisp.)
Hummus: We swear by Cedar’s Original – it’s the best store-bought hummus we’ve tried, plus they offer a fully organic option! A good hummus definitely makes a difference in this recipe. 
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Author: Nicole
Calories: 29kcal
Course: Appetizer, Appetizers, Snack, Snacks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baguette, garlic, hummus, paprika


Calories: 29kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 67mg | Potassium: 22mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg

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