TOMATO BASIL BRUSCHETTA with Whipped Ricotta

This is not your every day TOMATO BASIL BRUSCHETTA…this recipe calls for some Whipped Ricotta!

 

TOMATO BASIL BRUSCHETTA with Whipped Ricotta

TOMATO BASIL BRUSCHETTA with WHIPPED RICOTTA

TOMATO BASIL BRUSCHETTA with WHIPPED RICOTTA

 

I have to say I am a bruschetta junky!  I also have to say that it is rare that I find a bruschetta that I absolutely love .  If the bruschetta is already pre-made for you the bread gets really soggy.  If you have to place the tomatoes atop the grilled bread youself some people get lazy and choose to eat something else where they don’t have to “work” for their food.  I have played around with different recipes over the years and have come up with what I believe to be the very best TOMATO BASIL BRUSCHETTA of all time!  My secret…..I mix up some home made ricotta ( I find home-made ricotta cheese at Caputos) with some olive oil, salt, pepper and crushed red pepper.  I spread this atop my grilled bread before I place my bruschetta topping on top of the bread.  This helps seal the bread in a way where the juices from the tomato topping do not seep into the grilled bread.  Thus, the bread does not get soggy!!  All the steps to this recipe can be done ahead of time….wonderful!!!  Grill your sliced baguette the morning before your party. Make your ricotta and  the bruschetta topping the day before and keep in fridge. You can pre-make the bruschetta right before your guests arrive and place them all on a pretty platter.  When your guests arrive they have fresh (not soggy) bruschetta that is all pre-made and therefore they do not have to “work” for their appetizer.  The other secret to this recipe is plain and simple: fresh ingredients.  There are only five main ingredients to this recipe; bread, tomatoes, basil, garlic and olive oil.  Use fresh ingredients and you cannot go wrong!! Grill up a sliced baguette, whip up some ricotta and dice up your fresh tomatoes….this TOMATO BASIL BRUSCHETTA with Whipped Ricotta is waiting to be served at your next get together!!!

Grilled Baguette

GRILLED BAGUETTE

 

 

TOMATO BASIL BRUSCHETTA WITH WHIPPED RICOTTA
Yields 24
A crisp crostini with whipped ricotta spread topped with a fresh tomato basil bruschetta.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 fresh baguette (cut into 1/2 inch slices - will make about 20-30)
  2. olive oil - to drizzle over bread
  3. 5 cups chopped grape tomatoes
  4. 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
  5. 3/4 cup olive oil divided
  6. 4 garlic cloves chopped fine
  7. 3/4 lb. fresh or home-made ricotta cheese
  8. salt, pepper and crushed red pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Place slices of baguette bread in a single layer on baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil. Bake bread in oven at 375 degrees until a light golden brown OR place on indoor or outdoor grill until nice grill marks form on both sides.
  2. Remove from oven/grill and set aside.
  3. In the meantime; place chopped tomatoes, chopped basil, garlic, 1/2 cup olive oil, salt, pepper and crushed red pepper in a medium bowl. Mix well. Set aside.
  4. In another bowl add ricotta cheese, remaining 1/4 cup of olive oil, salt, pepper and crushed red pepper to taste. Whip ingredients with a fork. Set aside.
  5. Place about a tablespoon of ricotta cheese mixture on each grilled/baked baguette slice. Spread over top.
  6. Place about a tablespoon of tomato mixture on top of ricotta.
  7. If you would like you can garnish with fresh chopped basil or shaved parmesan.
  8. Serve immediately.
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