Whipped ricotta crostini is the easiest appetizer to whip up in just minutes. It is a fancy addition to your dinner menu but will likely be the easiest item. Top toasted slices of French baguettes with creamy herbed whipped ricotta and tomatoes. You can even prepare the whipped ricotta and toppings in advance and assemble the crostini just before serving. It's a total crowd pleaser so you may want to make extras.
What is Crostini?
Crostini literally translates to "little toasts" in Italian. They are small, thin slices of toasted bread (like French baguettes), brushed with olive oil. They are topped with savoury toppings like cheese and vegetables. Bruschetta on the other hand, is made with thicker wide slices of Italian bread or sourdough.
Ingredients in Whipped Ricotta Crostini
To make this easy whipped ricotta crostini, you need the following ingredients:
- french baguette - or other long crust bread, cut into 1/2-inch slices.
- whipped ricotta - made with ricotta, olive oil, honey, fresh herbs (such as basil, mint, thyme, oregano, or chives), garlic, salt and pepper.
- cherry tomatoes - or grape tomatoes, in assorted colours
- olive oil - use a good quality extra virgin olive oil.
- salt and pepper
How to Make the Best Whipped Ricotta Crostini
- Toast the bread. Preheat oven to 350 F. Arrange sliced bread in a single layer on a large half sheet baking pan. Bake for 8-10 minutes until toasted.
- Combine toppings. In a small bowl, toss to combine tomatoes, olive oil, salt and pepper. Set aside.
- Make whipped ricotta. In a medium bowl, add ricotta, olive oil, honey, fresh herbs, garlic, salt and pepper. Beat with a hand mixer on medium speed until smooth and creamy, about a minute. You can also blend everything together in a food processor.
- Assemble crostini. Add a large spoonful of whipped ricotta onto each toasted sliced bread. Top with a spoonful of the tomato mixture.
- How to customize: You can top this whipped ricotta crostini with whatever toppings that you like. Instead of tomatoes, you can add fruit, grilled vegetables, pitted olives, more fresh herbs, or a drizzle of honey.
- Make ahead instructions: Make the whipped ricotta and tomato topping 1-2 days in advance and store in separate airtight containers in the refrigerator. When ready to serve, set the ricotta and toppings on the kitchen counter for about 20 minutes to let them come to room temperature. Meanwhile, quickly slice up the French baguette, toast and then assemble the crostini.
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