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Once you have made the Heirloom Tomato Jam and Fresh Ricotta, these crostini are a cinch to put together. This is a delicious and impressive appetizer especially at summer’s end when ripe tomatoes are abundant.
Did you know there are over 175 different varieties of tomato? So try and use a colorful tomato to top these crostini off. These little green cherry tomatoes had a great acid, which paired beautifully with the sweeter tomato jam and ricotta. It also makes for a great presentation!
You eat with your eyes and your mouth.
When buying the bread, a regular, not sourdough, a baguette is best. Slice the bread on the bias to give it maximum spread room; then put them into a 325° oven for about 10 – 15 minutes, turning them once, until they are crisp and just beginning to brown. You don’t want the bread to be too dark – but you do want it crisp.
Make these Crostini with Tomato Jam and Homemade Ricotta at the last possible minute so the bread doesn’t get soggy. We don’t like soggy bread.
Not at all.
If you don’t want to make the homemade ricotta, well, I understand. But since it’s such a big part of this total bite, be sure to buy a good, quality, ricotta. Not that Precious stuff they sell in the grocery stores cold case, but a good one. One that tastes of sweet cream, not grainy nothing.
I served these at a little backyard cocktail party (well, we were really drinking wine, but a wino party doesn’t sound quite as lovely as a cocktail party) and they were gone, binga, banga, boom! And they paired nicely with the crisp Sauvignon Blanc I was serving.
Spread a thin layer of the jam on each crostini, add a dollop of the ricotta; give it a little twist of fresh ground pepper, then add the tomato half. Put a few grains of the salt on top and then just a drop of the balsamic, if using. Serve at room temperature. (Make close to serving so they don’t get soggy).
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