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Spring Crostini (3 Ways) with Lemony Ricotta Spread

April 2011
Spring Crostini (3 Ways) with Lemony Ricotta Spread

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Just toast the baguette slices andstart topping!

Makes: 4 servings

Prep: 10 mins

Ingredients
  • 1 16 ounce container  ricotta
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 baguette, cut on a bias into sixteen 1/2-inch slices
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for brushing
Directions
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the ricotta, lemon peel, salt and pepper.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees . Arrange the baguette slices on a baking sheet and brush lightly with olive oil. Bake until golden, 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool slightly.
  3. Smear about 1 tablespoon of the ricotta spread on each of the toast slices.
  4. Beets::

  5. Grate 4 peeled red beets on a zester or the small side of a box grater and combine with the juice of 1 orange. Spoon about 1 tablespoon on each crostini. Drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil and sprinkle with grated orange peel.
  6. Snow Peas::

  7. In a bowl, toss together 2 cups halved and slivered snow peas and 3 tablespoons rice vinegar. Spoon about 1 tablespoon of the drained mixture on each crostini. Sprinkle with some coarse sea salt and chopped toasted pecans.
  8. Apricots::

  9. Using a sharp knife, finely chop 4 pitted ripe apricots. Spoon about 1 tablespoon of the fruit on each crostini. Drizzle generously with honey and sprinkle with finely chopped fresh mint.