Makes 24 or more crostini


1 long, thin, good-quality baguette
1/4 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Kosher salt or coarse sea salt to taste


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Slice the bread on a slight angle into 1/4-inch-thick slices and place on a baking pan in a single layer. Mix together the olive oil and pepper in a small bowl.

Brush one side of each piece of bread with the olive oil mixture and sprinkle with the salt. Toast in the oven 10 to 15 minutes, until golden brown and crunchy.

Let cool completely, then store in an air-tight container up to 1 week.