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Bacon Ricotta Crostini from The Food Charlatan
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Bacon Ricotta Crostini

This make-ahead appetizer is simple yet show-stopping. Store-bought ricotta is topped with crispy bacon and drizzled with a touch of honey. So easy! Especially easy to throw down 12 at a time like it's your JOB.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Servings 10 Servings
Calories 261kcal
Author Karen

Ingredients

  • 1 baguette long
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 15 ounces ricotta room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 pound thick-cut bacon
  • honey
  • pepper freshly cracked

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Use a serrated knife to cut the baguette into about 30 slices.
  • Use a pastry brush to coat each side of the slices with olive oil. I actually sprayed mine because I have an olive oil mister. Sprinkle salt and pepper over one or both sides of the slices.
  • Spread the bread out onto a large baking sheet, not overlapping. Bake for 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and flip each toast. Bake for another 3-4 minutes. It's okay if they are not browned. Let the toasts cool for a few minutes.
  • Finely chop the raw bacon. Cook it in a heavy skillet until it is crispy, then remove to a paper towel-lined plate.
  • Add the ricotta to a medium bowl and stir until smooth. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt, if you want. (This is optional)
  • When the toasts are cool enough to handle, add a dollop of ricotta to the center of each toast. Top with a sprinkle of bacon.
  • Sprinkle with freshly ground pepper and more salt, if desired. Drizzle with a little bit of honey. Don't eat all of them yourself.

Notes

These appetizers are easy for guests to assemble themselves, or if you are going more formal, they are easy to make ahead. Cook and crumble the bacon up to 2 days before the event and refrigerate. (Warm up slightly in the microwave to take the edge off before serving.) Bake the bread up to 2 days before the event, and store in a ziplock on the counter. Add salt to the ricotta and stir, then add it back to the container and refrigerate until needed. You can assemble the crostini before your guests arrive, including the honey-drizzle step. Dollop the ricotta right in the middle of the toast so that the edges remain crispy.
Recipe adapted from Epicurious Crowd Pleasers

Nutrition

Serving: 3slices | Calories: 261kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 37mg | Sodium: 455mg | Potassium: 117mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 198IU | Calcium: 109mg | Iron: 1mg