The very word crostini is enough to make some people drool all over themselves. That simple combination of bread + whatever has infinite possibilities. It’s a blank canvas for creativity and deliciousness. It can be delicate and sophisticated, or it can be a sledgehammer of flavor that knocks you on your ass. Today we’re sharing a set of crostini recipes on the lighter side of the flavor scale that center on one of my favorite ingredients – ricotta. These crostini are rich, creamy, very simple to make, and the perfect summertime snack that highlight the yummy fruits and vegetables available right now. Julia and I had a lot of fun putting these little things together partially because we paired our crostini with a bottle of crispy rosé. I highly recommend you do the same.
Most of you are probably familiar with mass-produced super bland ricottas like Polly-o and Sorrento. Step your cheese game up and check your local Italian market or Whole Foods for higher quality ricotta. The difference in flavor will blow your mind; think of string cheese and compare it to a ball of glorious fresh mozzarella, and that is basically the equivalent relationship between mediocre and quality ricotta. These recipes are extremely simple and are more of a template for you guys to make your own ricotta crostini. Get creative! And stick to quality ingredients; a good baguette, real-deal cured meats, and farm fresh fruits and vegetables will make all the difference.
Summertime Ricotta Crostini
4 very simple crostini featuring ricotta. Perfect for summer!