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TommyJayDee Nov 11, 2010 04:32 PM

I thought it would be a good idea to top Crostinis with dollops of lobster salad as an hors d'oeuvre for a cocktail party. However, after purchasing the Crostinis at Whole Foods and testing them at home, I discovered they are very hard.

My fear is that guests will also find them hard and messy to eat - the tenderness of the lobster salad and the hardness of the Crostini will probably not make a good combo.

Any tips on "softening" these things up prior to serving?

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    Nyleve Nov 11, 2010 04:36 PM

    Don't buy ready made crostini. Buy a good baguette, slice it and toast it lightly. Lobster deserves nice bread.

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      Gio Nov 11, 2010 05:05 PM

      Oh yes... I agree with this. In fact, I use an indoor grill pan and simply grill each side a few seconds till I get a few grill marks on the bread then proceed with whatever I'm using for the topping.

      1. re: Gio
        bushwickgirl Nov 11, 2010 06:15 PM

        Then rub said bread lightly with a clove of garlic, for just a hint of flavor. Wonderful stuff, no need for lobster.;-) Seriously, make your own, good bread, hot grill pan, 5 minutes total time to nirvana.

        Save the WF crostini for breadcrumbs.

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          TommyJayDee Nov 11, 2010 06:32 PM

          think i could make it with bagel pieces?

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            bushwickgirl Nov 11, 2010 07:03 PM

            Absolutely, thinly sliced bagels make quite good bruschetta for crostini, although we call them bagel chips here in NYC, and they're usually highly seasoned. I don't necessarily grill them, but you could, just toss them with a drizzle of olive oil and seasoning, herbs, and bake or grill til crunchy but not fully dry. You might want to mellow out the seasonings so they won't fight with the lobster. I used to slice them on a meat slicer, the professional deli meat slicer machine, but at home you can lay them flat and slice through, keeping your hand flat on the top of the bagel, into three slices. Too thin and they get too crispy, so a little thicker is better, crunchy with a slight chew.

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        TommyJayDee Nov 11, 2010 05:15 PM

        Great. So now I have a box full of hard Crostinis. ANYTHING I can do with them?

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          fourunder Nov 11, 2010 05:31 PM

          Soup......garnish, that is.

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            jaykayen Nov 11, 2010 05:32 PM

            Breadcrumbs

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              critter101 Nov 11, 2010 05:55 PM

              If you're dissatisfied with the product, return it.

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                rabaja Nov 11, 2010 07:10 PM

                Totally return them. That's one thing you can count on at Whole Foods.

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