Blistered Tomato and Ricotta Bruschetta with Fresh Basil

This is my new favorite lunch. I had leftover French bread to use up along with a little ricotta in the refrigerator and fresh basil. I toasted the bread then mixed the ricotta with fresh basil and seasonings. I slathered the toasted bread with the ricotta mixture and topped it with sautéed garlicky grape tomatoes and fresh basil. I drizzled the top with some delicious new  sweet balsamic vinegar my neighbor brought me from San Francisco. This bruschetta was wonderful! I loved the crispy bread with the creamy ricotta and the sweetened tomatoes – the flavors and textures were amazing. This was perfect for a quick lunch or would also make wonderful a appetizer.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Slice the French bread and place it on a baking sheet. Cook until it is crisp, 3-4 minutes. Remove from the oven.

Combine the ricotta, fresh basil, sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste, and a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes. Mix evenly then taste and re-season if needed.

Heat the olive oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Add the grape tomatoes and cook, stirring often, until blistered. Add minced garlic and cook, stirring constantly for 60 seconds. Season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste.

Slather the ricotta mixture over the toast then spoon the tomato mixture on top. Drizzle with really good sweet balsamic vinegar. Top with fresh basil and serve immediately. Enjoy.

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Blistered Tomato and Ricotta Bruschetta with Fresh Basil

Yield: 1

Prep Time: 5 min.

Cook Time: 10 min.

Total Time: 15 min.

Ingredients:

2 slices of French bread, sliced
3 tbsp ricotta
1 tbsp fresh basil, finely chopped
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
1 tsp olive oil
1 cup grape tomatoes
1-2 cloves of garlic, minced
Sweet balsamic vinegar, for drizzling
Fresh basil, chiffonade

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Slice the French bread and place it on a baking sheet. Cook until it is crisp, 3-4 minutes. Remove from the oven.

Combine the ricotta, fresh basil, sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste, and a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes. Mix evenly then taste and re-season if needed.

Heat the olive oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Add the grape tomatoes and cook, stirring often, until blistered. Add minced garlic and cook, stirring constantly for 60 seconds. Season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste.

Slather the ricotta mixture over the toast then spoon the tomato mixture on top. Drizzle with really good sweet balsamic vinegar. Top with fresh basil and serve immediately. Enjoy.