Garden Tri Tip Crostini bites are delicious served as an appetizer or light dinner, using leftover meat with pickles, basil leaves, corn, and tomatoes.

As the day’s heat starts to ebb, dinnertime is something I look forward to. I love this time of day, because we’re starting to slow down, relax, and I get to come up with something tasty for dinner. Sometimes I do not know what I’m going to make, or sometimes I think about it the day before, or the morning of, and I have a plan. Sometimes I start off with a little appetizer, like this Apple Goat Cheese Crostini Appetizer or my fave Pear Walnut Crostini Appetizer.

Leftover Grilled Tri Tip

When it comes to using up the leftovers, some of our best meals have involved creating something different and delicious, like this Tri Tip Crostini recipe. Add in cooking spontaneously for friends that may drop by for a glass of wine … it just gets my creative juices flowing!

I’m not sure if I’ve told you this, but cooking for a few friends spontaneously is one of my favorite ways to entertain.

All pressure is off. I’m winging it, and I just don’t have time to worry much about the perfect menu!

I throw a few things together using what seasonal foods are in my kitchen, and sometimes I use leftovers from the night before.

This time we had leftover tri tip from this party, and an extra baguette.

Another thing I love about spontaneous guests is that they don’t expect much, if anything at all. In fact, I love the element of surprise!

Here’s the real secret for making something quick and easy, and pretty much 100% guaranteed to turn out: Use the freshest fruits and vegetable of the season.

Tri Tip Crostini

Well, you can see here what I whipped up.

Fresh corn, tomatoes + leftover tri tip, your favorite sauce + toasted baguette.

You’ll have delightful crostini, filling, and delicious, paired with a glass of red wine.

This may be enough, or you may want to toss a giant salad to go with the bites.

Don’t forget a light dessert of No Churn Vanilla Ice Cream.

Happy Weekend, Friends!

Are you adventurous with leftovers and cooking for drop-in company?

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Tri Tip Crostini

Toast bite-sized slices of baguette, thinly sliced with leftover tri tip, and fresh basil, tomatoes, and corn.


  • Baguette loaf
  • Leftover tri tip meat, thinly sliced
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Favorite sauce, we like Thousand Island
  • Fresh corn, cooked, cut off the cob
  • Cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • Dill pickle chips
  • Pepper


  • Assemble the crostini by taking a thinly sliced and toasted baguette, adding a thin layer of your favorite sauce (we used Sriracha), a thin slice of tri tip meat, then a leaf of basil, dill pickle chiop, fresh corn and cherry tomatoes.
  • Sprinkle with fresh ground pepper; serve!
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More crostini recipes: Fig Gruyere Crostini [That Skinny Chick Can Bake], or Smoked Salmon Crostini [Real Housemoms].

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