Honey Cardamom Ricotta Crostini & Pesto Ricotta Crostini
Easy and delightful finger food that's perfect for your party platter!
If you are looking for easy and delicious appetizers for Easter or for a small , socially-distant gathering, I’ve got you covered!
Crostini are delicious finger foods that are made with sliced bread that is brushed with olive oil and toasted to perfection.
Today I’m going to be sharing 2 different Crostini topping ideas that are healthy and delicious. The first one is my Honey Cardamom Ricotta Crostini topped with fresh strawberries and the second one is savory Pesto Ricotta Crostini that is topped with homemade Pesto and thinly sliced cucumbers.
HONEY CARDAMOM RICOTTA CROSTINI & PESTO RICOTTA CROSTINI
1 large Baguette of your choice - I used sourdough
For the Honey Cardamom Ricotta Crostini:
Ricotta cheese - 1/4 cup
Honey - 2-3 tbsp
Cardamom powder - 2-3 pinch
Lemon zest - 1 tsp
Sliced Strawberries -2, thinly sliced
For the Pesto Ricotta Crostini:
Ricotta Cheese - 1/4 cup
Salt - 1/4 tsp
Black Pepper - to taste
Lemon zest - 1 tsp
Pesto - Recipe here
Persian cucumber - 1, thinly sliced.
Pre-heat the oven to 400F
Let’s start by slicing the baguette first. I’m using fresh sourdough baguette from a local bakery.
Start slicing the baguette in a bias about 1/4 “ thick. Using a good bread knife will make this step easier
Lay the slices on your cutting board and brush them with olive oil on one side. Flip them over and brush the other side with olive oil.
Transfer the slices on to a baking tray, lined with parchment paper and place it in the oven. Bake for 10-12 mins, flipping them half way through.
While the bread gets toasted, go ahead and prepare the toppings:
For the Honey Cardamom Ricotta topping: Add the Ricotta, honey, cardamom powder, lemon zest into a mixing bowl and mix everything together. Keep it aside.
To make the savory Ricotta topping: Add Ricotta cheese, salt, black pepper and lemon zest into a bowl . Mix everything and set aside.
Pull out the toasted crostini from the oven and all them to cool to room temperature. Once cool, start topping them.
Spread few crostini with the sweet ricotta mixture and top it with freshly sliced strawberries. Drizzle little bit of honey and top with a mint leaf.
Spread the rest of the crostini with an even layer of pesto. Spread the savory ricotta mixture on top of the pesto. Top with thinly sliced cucumbers and black pepper. Garnish with few freshly chopped mint leaves.
Enjoy with a glass of white wine or Rosé
These crostini are highly addictive, so indulge mindfully, especially if you are on your wellness journey. If you need help losing weight or changing your lifestyle, contact me for a free 30- minute consultation.
Links to products used:
Bread Slicer: https://amzn.to/3cNGnrv
Basting Brush: https://amzn.to/2PYRWn2
Mikasa Stemless Wine Glasses : https://amzn.to/3fBjuJT