Beet crostini with edible flower confetti is the perfect hors d’oeuvre (or appetizer) at your summer dinner party. Choose fresh colorful flowers, pull off the petals, and make a vibrant confetti to sprinkle on top of well… anything! The beet hummus is made with two roasted beets and the classic hummus ingredients such as tahini, garlic, and olive oil. I swapped out the standard chickpeas with broad beans, because it yielded a smoother texture. This is perfect for a midsummer night’s dream picnic or a summer dinner party under fairy lights outside!
What is Crostini?
Crostini is just simply slices of toasted bread cut on the bias at about 1/2 inch (at an angle) with olive oil and toppings. I love using the Trader Joes baguettes for just a few dollars. By cutting them on the bias, you can create nearly 30-40 mini toasts.
What Bread Can I Use For Crostini?
For the Hummus
I love using broad beans for hummus because they blend really well in the food processor and create a really smooth hummus base. I’ve spent too many years of making hummus from chickpeas. First roast the beets. I cut off the tops and leave the skin on, wrap them in foil and roast in the oven for 45 to 50 minutes. Two beets plus a can of beans gives you a large amount of hummus, perfect for a party. Who doesn’t want to see pops of vibrant purple on a spread of food?
What Type of Flowers Can I Add?
There are many edible flowers to use. When rosemary, chives, and carrots bloom, feel free to use any herbs that are flowering. Otherwise here’s a list of my favorite flowers with pretty petals, and their meanings! A combination of all with give you a beautiful array of color against the beautiful beet toast!
- Borage ~ Courage
- Chamomile ~patience in adversity
- Zinnia ~ endurance & lasting friendship
- Calendula ~happiness, joy, grace
- Chive Flowers ~ usefulness
- Garlic Flowers ~ courage & strength
- Dandelion ~faithfullness & happiness
- Chrysanthemum ~cheerfulness, loyalty, & devotion
- Bee balm or Bergamot ~wealth, prosperity, & health
The Final Touches
I love serving this on a vintage silver platter (never polish those vintage trays you find at an antique store!) or an antique floral plate. Arrange some foliage from your backyard on the edges of the tray underneath the toast. Garnish with flowers and sprinkle some flowers in between the toast. (Those don’t have to be edible ones!) This beet toast flower confetti adds a pretty pop of color to your dinner party spread! Enjoy!
Beet Crostini with Edible Flower Confetti
This beet crostini with edible flower confetti is the perfect colorful addition to your summer dinner party! What a fun appetizer idea!
- Prep Time5 min
- Cook Time10 min
- Total Time15 min
For the burger
- 2 beets roasted
- 1 can broad beans
- 2 small Meyer lemons
- 1/4 cup tahini
- 1 tablespoon garlic minced
- 1/4 cup flat leaf parsley
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 teaspoon orange peel powder from Mountain Rose Herbs
- 1/4 cup edible flower petals
Preparing the spices
Cover the beets in tin foil. Roast for 45- 50 minutes on a sheet pan. Make sure you can prick a fork all the way through them.
Blend beets, and all ingredients except the flower petals in a food processor. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Meanwhile cut the baguette or bread you are using on a bias, or at an angle. Toast on a sheet pan for 5 minutes until crispy.
Spread the beet hummus on top of crostini. Sprinkle edible flower petals on top and anything else like sesame seeds or micro greens. Garnish with foliage and more flowers!