Quick Snack: Tomato and Ricotta Crostini

Heirloom Tomato and Ricotta Crostini 

Heirloom Tomato and Ricotta Crostini 

 When I get hungry, it’s no waiting matter.  At the point where my stomach starts to grumble, I need to eat, and I need to eat now!  If a quick bite isn’t available, there is a possibility that hangry Marcella may emerge.  My boyfriend has dubbed my state of temporary irritability brought on by hunger as hangry (hungry + angry).  However, the moment food hits my belly I am restored.   

Often, my answer to any hunger crisis is the crostini.  It is also an easy dinner party appetizer.  Crostini is simply toast with stuff on top.  The variations are endless.    At the moment tomatoes are starting to pop up at the farmers markets.  This past Saturday I bought a loaf of kale – onion bread and some Chianti Rose and Yellow Brandywine heirloom tomatoes.  I was able to whip up a tomato and ricotta crostini in five minutes flat.  

Kale - Onion Bread and Heirloom Tomatoes from the South of the James Farmers Market (Richmond, VA)

Kale - Onion Bread and Heirloom Tomatoes from the South of the James Farmers Market (Richmond, VA)

Tater Dave's Kale-Onion Potato Bread.  Toasting really brought out the subtle flavor of this bread.  

Tater Dave's Kale-Onion Potato Bread.  Toasting really brought out the subtle flavor of this bread.  

Heirloom Tomato and Ricotta Crostini

Ingredients: 

     Crusty Bread

     Ripe Heirloom Tomatoes

     Whole Milk Ricotta Cheese

     Clove of Garlic

     Fruity Olive Oil

     Fresh Basil

     Fresh Cracked Black Pepper

     Finishing Salt (Sea salt that is a flake or crystal used to season a dish after

     is cooked or assembled.) 

(NOTE: Because this dish is so simple, its success will depend entirely on the quality of each and every ingredient that makes it up.)

Slice the bread and toast until golden brown.  Crush a clove of garlic to release its juices.  Rub each piece of toast with the crushed clove of garlic. Spread a thick layer of ricotta onto the toast.  Slice the tomatoes into ½ inch slices.  Lay a slice or two of tomato onto the ricotta.  Tear pieces of fresh basil leaves over the top.  For the finishing touches, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with a pinch of the finishing salt and cracked black pepper.  Viola…a 5 minute snack. 

I like to enjoy this snack with a glass of red wine.     

Crostini with a glass of Trader Joe's Charles Shaw Cabernet Sauvignon   

Crostini with a glass of Trader Joe's Charles Shaw Cabernet Sauvignon   

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