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


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



  • 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


  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