A few unexpected combinations take the traditional antipasto from boring to exciting.

By Melinda Page and Elizabeth Wells
Updated January 20, 2006
Mark Lund

Start by thinly slicing half a baguette. Place the rounds on a baking sheet and broil them until they're golden brown (about 1½ minutes per side). Then top your toasts with one of these delizioso pairings and serve them as less predictable sides for soups or as party food that will please the palates of all your guests.

Recipes (shown, from top)