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Herbed Ricotta and Tomato Crostini

Right now I need easy food. Really, really easy food. You see we recently packed up a lot of the kitchen. We’re operating on an “essentials only” basis right now. And I don’t have a lot of time to cook. But I don’t want to give up eating well either!

ricotta and tomato crostini

Enter these Herbed Ricotta and Tomato Crostini. They take less than 10 minutes to make. Probably more along the lines of 5 minutes.

And the word “Crostini” sounds a lot fancier than what the meal really is, except that it actually tastes special and looks rather pretty. Proof you can eat delicious food without spending the whole afternoon preparing it!

Ricotta cheese plus fresh tomatoes plus whole grain bread and a sprinkling of parmesan – I’d say that’s actually a pretty healthy lunch or late afternoon snack. We’ve even served these delicious little crostini with a plate of fruit and called it dinner.

I have a feeling we’ll be eating a lot of crostini in the next three weeks.

Aside from the whole we’re moving, our kitchen is packed up, and we have no time to cook a real dinner conundrum, recipes like this Herbed Ricotta and Tomato Crostini are always welcome in my home when the hottest summer months roll around.

By late summer it’s really too hot to stand over an equally hot grill to cook outdoors and it’s so hot I don’t want to turn the oven or stove on either. Make sure to keep this easy no-cook recipe in your back pocket when those hotter than hot summer days come your way!

We tend to eat a lot of meals that really consist of appetizers in the summer and I often look forward to the simplicity of these dishes.

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Herbed Ricotta and Tomato Crostini

Herbed Ricotta and Tomato Crostini

Yield: serves 4 - 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Enter these Herbed Ricotta and Tomato Crostini. They take less than 10 minutes to make. Probably more along the lines of 5 minutes.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of Whole Milk Ricotta Cheese
  • Fresh Basil, minced
  • Fresh Parsley, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 - 2 cups Grape Tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon white balsamic vinegar
  • Fresh Parmesan Cheese, grated
  • 1 loaf Whole Grain Artisan Bread, sliced

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, combine the ricotta cheese, fresh basil, fresh parsley, lemon oil or lemon juice. Stir until well mixed. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the grape tomatoes, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and salt and/or pepper to taste. Set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, toast the whole grain bread. After toasting, spread the tops with the ricotta mixture and spoon the tomato mixture on top. Sprinkle each slice with freshly grated parmesan cheese. Enjoy immediately!

Notes

I like La Brea Bakery's Whole Grain Loaf for this recipe.

You can use regular balsamic vinegar, but I liked the white because it didn't stain the Ricotta Cheese. I found white balsamic vinegar at Trader Joe's.

Ricotta mixture keeps in the refrigerator for about 2 - 3 days.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 459Total Fat 13gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 8gCholesterol 21mgSodium 704mgCarbohydrates 69gFiber 5gSugar 10gProtein 17g

GoodLifeEats.com offers recipe nutritional information as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although GoodLifeEats.com makes every effort to provide accurate information, these figures are only estimates.

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TidyMom

Friday 25th of May 2012

this sounds delicious Katie!

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction

Thursday 17th of May 2012

These look wonderful! I love simple recipes that taste fabulous... We'll be having this soon at my house!

Dee

Sunday 13th of May 2012

Now THIS is something my mom would die for! Next time we are together, I will have to make it for her. I am glad to see you are still blogging! I don't know if you remember me or not. I took a long hiatus to earn my masters degree. Now that I am finished, I have started a new blog! Man it is hard starting over! I am just trying to get back in the swing of things! Your blog is looking just as lovely as ever.

Roxana GreenGirl { A little bit of everything}

Saturday 12th of May 2012

Years ago, when I heart for the first time the word crostini I was afraid to order if for fear it might be a very sophisticated meal I had no idea how to eat it. Little did I know how easy and how versatile crostini are. Perfect appetizer. Every time!

Jennifer @ Mother Thyme

Saturday 12th of May 2012

I just adore this crostini! I often make some variation of crostini when we entertain and this looks perfect for our next gathering. Simple, easy and delicious!