This Strawberry Ricotta Crostini Recipe is a great snack!
Spring is here! It’s the perfect season for entertaining, especially outdoors, and I love using strawberries to create simple, light party snacks that my guests will love. I’m a firm believer that hosting gatherings should be fun for me in addition to the attendees so I never want to stress out over complicated appetizers. Fresh, flavorful ingredients are key. For this easy Strawberry Ricotta Crostini Recipe I’ve macerated sliced strawberries in citrus juice and paired them with ricotta cheese that’s full of fresh herbs.
This is a light snack that won’t be overly filling in warmer weather. And it’s healthy! Research suggests eating just 1 cup of strawberries a day may improve heart health, lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of some cancers and support brain function. How cool is that?
I used a combination of herbs from my garden (basil, mint and sage) but feel free to experiment. For example, if you are not a fan of sage, simply omit it! If you really love mint, add extra to taste.
½ cup packed fresh herbs, finely chopped (an even mix of mint, basil and sage)
½ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 cups strawberries, hulled and sliced thin
1 teaspoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 tablespoon fresh squeezed orange juice
thinly sliced fresh mint or basil for garnish
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Place the baguette slices on a baking sheet and toast until crisp, 7-10 minutes.
In a medium bowl, combine the ricotta, mint, basil, sage, salt and pepper. In a separate medium bowl, combines the strawberries and citrus juices. Cover each bowl and place them in the refrigerator for at least 60 minutes. Stir the berries occasionally.
Spread a generous layer of the herbed ricotta onto each slice of bread. Top with 3-4 strawberries. Top with the fresh herbs. Optional: drizzle with a small amount of the macerated strawberry juice (not too much or the bread might get soggy).
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Great for the holiday season, this Strawberry Toasts with Mozzarella Recipe is a hit@
The holiday season has officially arrived! Even though a bit of panic set in just as I typed that statement, I know that I have lots to look forward to during the month of December. Traditional tree trimming, checking out the beautiful holiday lights in our neighborhood, baking cookies with the kids and, of course, gathering with family, friends and coworkers.
By far, getting together and sharing great foods with friends and loved ones is one of my favorite things to do during this time of year, but let’s be honest, typical food options are not always the healthiest! No matter how strong our willpower may be, it can be extremely challenging to stick to healthy habits, but I’ve got a delicious recipe that can help keep us all on track. It’s light, healthy and will look beautiful on your holiday table!
This recipe features strawberries dressed in a combo of honey and a balsamic vinegar reduction, then roasted in the oven. Roasting brings out a rich, sweet flavor to the strawberries and this pairs perfectly with melted fresh mozzarella cheese on toasted crusty bread.
Besides adding a bright and festive flair to your holiday spread, strawberries are packed with nutrients that benefit the entire body. A serving of eight strawberries has been shown to promote heart health, brain health and even helps with diabetes management. Strawberries have also been shown to reduce the risk of certain cancers. (Source: California Strawberries). The best part? They are naturally sweet, yet low in sugar. A single serving has less than half the sugar of an apple and half the calories of a banana, making them the perfect option for your holiday spread. Though they may be small, strawberries pack a big nutrition and flavor punch to both sweet and savory dishes, so enjoy!
Roasted Balsamic Strawberry Toasts with Mozzarella
1 pound strawberries, cleaned, hulled and cut in half
3/4 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoon balsamic reduction
8 slices of ciabatta or baguette
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Over medium heat, add balsamic vinegar into a small saucepan. Heat until vinegar boils, then reduce heat a simmer. Stir occasionally to avoid scorching. Simmer for 10-13 minutes, until vinegar has reduced by at least half and consistency is that of syrup. Set aside.
Place prepared strawberries in a large bowl. Add honey and 2 tablespoons of prepared balsamic reduction to strawberries and mix to combine ingredients.
Transfer berries to a parchment lined baking sheet. Arrange in an even layer. Bake berries for 25-30 minutes. When done, set aside and allow to cool slightly.
While strawberries are roasting, prepare toasts by brushing them with olive oil, place on a baking sheet and place into the oven for 10-15 minutes.
Remove toasts from the oven. Add sliced fresh mozzarella cheese to each one and top with roasted strawberries.
Place prepared toasts back into the oven for about 5 minutes, or just until cheese begins to melt. Remove from oven and top with a fresh basil leaf. Garnish with an extra drizzle of balsamic reduction and extra basil, if desired.
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