Sun-dried Tomato Ricotta Crostini
Quick Sun-dried Tomato Ricotta Crostini party appetizer recipe. Sun-dried tomato, basil, garlic, pepper and ricotta over crispy crostini pieces.
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Recently I started reading a book called Flavor. Just a few pages in, it seems to be an intriguing look at how our perception of taste works, and how we can use that to our advantage to appreciate food. It also goes into how you can use this knowledge to improve your cooking and culinary creativity. Now that’s my type of reading. One thing it mentioned early on is how certain ingredients and taste profiles can enhance the flavors of other foods. This Sun-dried Tomato Ricotta Crostini recipe highlights that fact with a perfect pairing you’ll learn about.
Summer recipes are often grilled, fresh and/or quick to make. These crostini fit into the latter and make a perfect quick appetizer for any party (it also features fresh basil). It’s ready and minutes and a perfect salty, savory and cheesy addition. Start with oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes. Blend with fresh basil leaves and garlic to create the rich and colorful topping. Place over soft, creamy ricotta atop crunchy crostini bread. The juxtaposition of texture makes these bite sized Sun-dried Tomato Ricotta Crostini even more unique.
Have you ever wondered why peanuts or other salty snacks are often served with beer? Besides the satiety factor, saltiness covers the bitter undertone that’s common in every beer. Bitterness isn’t a bad thing, and one of the things that makes beer what it is. However, the salt helps bring out all the other flavors in the beer, similar to how you’d pair cheese and wine.
A perfect pairing is Warsteiner beer. It’s full of flavor enjoyable on it’s own, and even better with this pairing. It’s been brewed by the same German family since 1753, focusing on continuous improvement and innovation in ingredient sourcing and brewing technique. Right now you can try them at Total Wine Sampling Events. It focuses on three of their beers —Warsteiner German Pilsener, Dunkel, and Grapefruit. There will be a BevRage Digital Coupons: $1 off 6-pack and $2 off 12-pack, and the event is from May 1st to July 1st. With over 450 live events, 3 times at 150 different locations, find one near you.
I paired the Warsteiner Grapefruit beer with this Sun-dried Tomato Ricotta Crostini, It’s a shandy-style consisting of 50% Warsteiner German Pilsener and 50% grapefruit flavor. Nicely balanced with satisfying mild hoppy beer taste, brought out even more with salty, cheesy flavors.
Sun-dried Tomato Ricotta Crostini recipe at-a-glance:
Flavor profiles: Rich, savory and umami flavors.
Texture: Creamy ricotta and a tomato spread over crispy crostini.
- 1 cup drained oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes
- 1 cup loosely packed fresh basil
- 4 cloves garlic
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 (15-ounce) container ricotta cheese
- 20-30 crostini pieces
- Place sun-dried tomatoes, basil, garlic, salt and pepper in a food processor. Pulse until combined, about 15 seconds.
- Spread ricotta evenly over crostini pieces and top with sun-dried tomato mixture before serving.
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