Ricotta Crostini with Honey and Cracked Black Pepper

ricotta bread honeyThis recipe is literally as easy as the title suggests — It takes 5 minutes to put together, it has 4 ingredients, and you can find everything you need in your local supermarket. But don’t let the simplicity fool you — its a great combination of texture and flavor that comes together to make a surprisingly sophisticated snack or hor d’oeuvre.

I say this all the time, but I always bears repeating — the fewer ingredients you have in a dish the more important it is that they are the absolute best quality you can find.

Lets start with ricotta. You’ll find a ubiquitous red tub of ricotta right beside the sour cream in almost every supermarket you go to — please don’t use that one. Go to the cheese section and look for a small-batch brand, or, even better, house-made ricotta. Whole Foods has a pretty good variety and any Italian market you go to worth its salt will have something delicious for you to use. Ricotta really varies in texture and fat content, so over time you will figure out what it is you like best. For now, just go with the best quality you can find.

ricotta breadOn to the honey. Most people don’t give a lot of the thought to the honey that they buy and aren’t even aware of the dozens of varietals, shades and flavors of honey available to them.  Try something new and interesting for this recipe and you may be surprised with what you fall in love with. I used orange blossom honey for this crostini and it had a beautiful citrus undertone. You can also try lavendar for an interesting new experience. The best place to get honey is at a farmer’s market — its made in small batches, you’re supporting local business, and if you have seasonal allergies, eating local honey can help alleviate symptoms.

Finally — you MUST use freshly cracked black pepper. Whatever you do, please do not use a pre-packaged, pre-ground pepper on this.

Ricotta Crostini with Honey and Cracked Black Pepper
 
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Serves: 6-8
Ingredients
  • 1 french Baguette, sliced into ¼ inch slices*
  • 8 oz of fresh ricotta
  • honey to taste
  • black pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Spread about one tablespoon of ricotta on each piece of bread.
  2. Drizzle with honey and top with a small amount of fresh cracked black pepper
Notes
You can toast or grill the slices of bread before topping them. For this particular crostini, I prefer to leave the bread as is.

 

 

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