Ricotta Crostini with Cherry Tomatoes
Creamy ricotta, crusty bread, and zesty cherry tomatoes make for a simple but satisfying snack.
Yield: serves 4-6
- Handful of cherry tomatoes
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 loaf of ciabatta or another peasant-style bread
- 1 clove garlic, peeled
- 1 to 1 1⁄2 cups ricotta cheese, room temperature
- Parmesan cheese
- Toss tomatoes in a small skillet, drizzle with olive oil, season with salt and pepper to taste, set 5" under broiler element, and leave until the tomatoes have burst and started to release their juices, about 8 minutes. Set aside.
- Prepare a medium-hot charcoal fire in a grill or set gas grill to medium-high heat. Cut bread into 1⁄2"-thick crosswise slices. Drizzle the bread with olive oil. Grill bread slices until both sides have grill marks and slightly charred crusts, 4-5 minutes.
- While hot, rub bread with garlic, if you like. Slather 1 tbsp. of the ricotta on top of each toasted slice.
- Spoon oozing cherry tomatoes onto ricotta. Garnish with thin shavings of parmesan cheese and more black pepper.