Crostini are the base for countless delicious dips and spreads, including Crostini Bar: Smoky Eggplant and Roasted Garlic Spread , Crostini Bar: Mushroom “Paté,” White Bean and Sesame Spread  and Crostini Bar: Puttanesca Bruschetta  and Crostini Bar: Raw Zucchini and Corn Topper .
- 2 baguettes or batards or other 2-3-inch wide crusty long-loaves, cut into slices
Pre-heat the oven to 350°F orturn on the broiler.
Arrange the bread slices on cooling racks set over baking sheets. Either char the bread slices under the broiler for a smoky toast or bake until lightly golden for a crispy, drier toast.