- Recipe: Lemon and Chive Ricotta Bruschetta
- Writer: Lizzie Green
- Content-Type: Food Blog
A lovely summer starter is crisp bread topped with ricotta that is creamy, vibrant, and flavored with lemon and chives.
This simple snack gets a boost in both flavor and nutrients from the addition of tomato and basil.
Today is the day that I give my home its annual spring cleaning, so I’m going to make this one brief and then get back to work.
My father is in town for a visit, which is wonderful because he is the least expensive source of labor available. As long as I keep the beer stocked in the refrigerator, he is a content individual.
You could say that this was a gourmet beer snack that we enjoyed yesterday evening. I think that makes sense. Not a combination that I would ever suggest, but then again, my father is not the “pairing” type.
This ricotta mixture is airy and subdued; it does not pack a powerful punch of garlicky or herbaceous taste; rather, it is fresh and has a hint of sweetness. Naturally, you are able to modify it in order to make it any level of boldness that you like.
Lemon & Chive Ricotta Bruschetta
|Prep time 5 mins
Cooking time: five minutes
Total time 10 minutes
- 6-8 slices of whole grain bread
- 1 garlic clove (use half to rub the bread with, mince another half for ricotta mixture)
- 1 tomato
- ½ cup fresh, high-quality ricotta cheese
- 1-2 tablespoons lemon juice
- ½-1 teaspoon lemon zest
- 1-2 teaspoons of honey
- 2 tablespoons chopped chives
- Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
- Sea salt and fresh black pepper
- Basil, chopped
- Sprinkle a little bit of salt on the bread pieces after you have seasoned them with olive oil. Toast the bread on the grill or under the broiler.
- Cut each clove of garlic in half lengthwise. After the bread has been toasted to your satisfaction, massage it with the exposed side of the garlic clove. Set aside.
- After slicing it, salting it, and setting it aside, the tomato was prepared.
- Ricotta, lemon juice, lemon zest, minced garlic, honey, chives, and a few pinches each of salt and pepper should be combined in a mixing bowl. Taste it, then adjust the seasonings as necessary.
- Put everything together and finish it off with some chopped basil and sprouts.