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How to make Balsamic Cherry Ricotta Crostini with Pistachios

Cherry Pistachio Ricotta Crostini

Crisp toasts, cherries, sweetened ricotta and pitachios are layered to make these fabulous elegant party appetizers!

Cherry Pistachio Ricotta Crostini - Crisp toasts, cherries, sweetened ricotta and pitachios are layered to make these fabulous elegant party appetizers!

CHERRY PISTACHIO RICOTTA CROSTINI

If you are thinking about “perfect appetizers” then crostini, like Cherry Pistachio Ricotta Crostini, has to be at the top of the list. They’re totally elegant but simple to make in just a few minutes. And the variety of what you can put on these little toast slices is endless.

I like to serve crostini for game days, wine parties and at the holidays, but they are good for whenever. It’s a great way to serve seasonal fruit too, like Blueberry Honey Whipped Ricotta Crostini, or budget ingredients like super Easy Egg Dill Crostini. Make the topping with food you love and it will always taste good!

WHAT IS CROSTINI?

Crostini is an Italian word that means means “little crust”. It’s usually served as small slices of toasted bread topped with a savory or sweet topping and served as an appetizer.

INGREDIENTS TO MAKE CHERRY PISTACHIO RICOTTA CROSTINI

  • Cherries – I used fresh cherries for this recipe. Use a cherry pitter to pit each cherry before you start.
  • Brown Sugar
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Ricotta Cheese
  • Heavy Cream
  • Cayenne
  • Butter
  • French Bread Loaf
  • Pistachios
Cherry Pistachio Ricotta Crostini - Crisp toasts, cherries, sweetened ricotta and pitachios are layered to make these fabulous elegant party appetizers!

CAN I FREEZE CROSTINI?

Sure can! To freeze the crostini, place cooled crostini into a zippered plastic freezer bag and seal out the air. Overwrap the bag tightly in plastic wrap or foil and store for up to 2 months. Remove the crostini from the freezer one to two hours before serving. They should remain crisp, but can be re-crisped in the oven for a few minutes if needed.

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Glass Nesting Bowls – the bowls I use all the time for mixing, whipping cream and the large one is great for salads too!

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How to make Balsamic Cherry Crostini with Pistachios

Cherry Pistachio Ricotta Crostini

  • Author: Christine Mello
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 24 slices 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Crisp toasts, cherries, sweetened ricotta and pitachios are layered to make these fabulous elegant party appetizers!


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Ingredients

  • 2 cups pitted cherries
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 8 ounce whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of cayenne
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 loaf french bread, cut into 1/4-inch slices (about 24 slices)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped pistachios

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Spread both sides of bread slices with a very thin coat of butter. Place slices on a sheet pan and bake in preheated oven for 12 – 15 minutes until edges are crisp. Set aside to cool.
  3. While the bread slices are baking, add cherries, brown sugar and balsamic vinegar to a medium bowl. Stir and set aside to macerate.
  4. In the bowl of a food processor or blender, add the ricotta cheese, cream, salt and cayenne. Pulse until ricotta is smooth.
  5. Spread cooled bread with cheese mixture, dividing equally among the slices.
  6. Top the cheese with a spoonful of cherries, dividing equally among the slices. Sprinkle with pistachios.
  7. Transfer to a serving tray and enjoy!

Keywords: Cherry, balsamic, crostini, ricotta, appetizer

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Cherry Pistachio Ricotta Crostini - Crisp toasts, cherries, sweetened ricotta and pitachios are layered to make these fabulous elegant party appetizers!

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