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Healthy Ricotta Crostini

May 19, 2016

Healthy ricotta crostini are made two ways with less than 6 ingredients and take less than 20 minutes to make
Healthy Ricotta Crostini / http://bamskitchen.com

You are going to love these little healthy ricotta crostini as they are made with nutty and delicious Pepperidge Farm® Harvest Blends bread and simple but delicious fresh ingredients. These two healthy ricotta crostini recipes are so easy that even teenagers can make them and they even helped mom with the easy clean up. You have to love that! My boys are such complete foodies. Not only do they love cooking and EATING, they also love styling food and even taking photos for instagram...

Healthy Ricotta Crostini / http://bamskitchen.com

You are going to love how beautiful these little appetizers are going to look on your serving tray with a splash of green, orange-red and white. With all of the spring time weddings, showers, graduation and parties you are going to need some quick and easy appetizers to save the day.

The Italian ricotta and red pepper pesto crostini was a huge hit. We used Pepperidge Farm Harvest Blends seeded grain bread. The seeds in the bread and on the crust made it crunchy and delicious, especially when toasted in the oven. The creamy ricotta topping with the garlic infused roasted red peppers and caramalized onions is going to rock your world.
Healthy Ricotta Crostini / http://bamskitchen.com

The Italian ricotta and gremolata topping with lots of fresh lemon zest and parsley was refreshing and delightful and a nice contrast to the rich Italian ricotta and red pepper pesto crostini. Gremolata is a chopped herbed condiment usually made with parsley, lemon zest and garlic.
Healthy Ricotta Crostini / http://bamskitchen.com

We enjoyed three delicious breads from Pepperidge Farm. They were the Harvest Blends Seeded, Sprouted and Ancient grain breads. All three breads had a strong wheat flavor balanced out with a touch of sweetness. However, our favorite was the Harvest Blend Seeded bread as loved all of the sunflower seeds, flax seeds, sesame seeds on the crust and in the bread. We love that little crunch. These products have limited availability and are currently only available in the Midwest at your local grocer.
Healthy Ricotta Crostini / http://bamskitchen.com

The seeded bread was the heartiest of the three according to my boys. As you can see from my photo the word "Try" not to eat is not strong enough language when trying to deter hungry teenage boys from fresh bread sitting on the counter.
Healthy Ricotta Crostini / http://bamskitchen.com

Thank goodness I was able to tear from their strong grasps the last few slices of the Harvest Blends Seeded bread to make these delicious healthy ricotta crostinis. We decided to cut the breads into rustic smaller circles so that they are easier to pick up one handed with a glass of red wine in the other. You do not have to go through the bother of cutting your crostini breads into rustic circles but I would suggest that you at least cut into either 2 or 4 triangles so that they are easier to pick up as a tapas instead of one full slice of bread.
Healthy Ricotta Crostini / http://bamskitchen.com

The best part about making these quick and easy healthy ricotta crostini is that you can do all the prep in advance. You can make the red pepper pesto and gremolata up to 24 hours in advance and then all you need to do is toast your breads and pile on the toppings and serve. In addition, I highly suggest you make extra gremolata and red pepper pesto as it is delicious on pasta, grilled meats and many others and your meal planning is done for the week.

This post is sponsored by Pepperidge Farm® in conjunction with Blog Meets Brand and I have been compensated for my participation. All opinions are our own.

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Healthy Ricotta Crostini

By HWC Magazine  , ,   

May 19, 2016

Healthy ricotta crostini are made two ways with less than 6 ingredients and take less than 20 minutes to make.

  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yields: 4 Adults

Ingredients

Costini

bread - 6-8 slices of Pepperidge Farm Harvest Blend Breads (we used Seeded blend)

olive oil - 1/2 cup

Roasted Red Pepper Pesto

roasted red peppers (capisum) - 1 (8 ounce) jar in olive oil (reserve the olive oil to make pesto and brush on crostini breads)

garlic - 2 cloves

red onion - 1 medium sliced into rings

basil - optional for garnish

Lemony Gremolata

parsley - 1 small bunch

lemon zest - zest of 2 lemon (extra for garnishing)

garlic - 1 clove

Topping for both Crostini Recipes

ricotta cheese - 8 ounces lowfat

Directions

1Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Cut breads into small round rustic circles or cut into 2 or 4 triangles. Brush olive oil on both sides and edges of Harvest Bread Seeded grain or bread of choice. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown and crunchy. Set Aside.

2In the mean time while your crostini are baking prepare your roasted red pepper pesto and lemony gremolata.

3Roasted Red Pepper Pesto: In a food processor add the red roasted peppers, 2 tablespoons of oil from the red roasted peppers, garlic, basil and salt and pepper to taste. Combine until smooth. Saute the red onion in a little of the olive oil from the red pepper pesto until caramelised. Set aside.

4Lemony Gremolata: In a food processor add the parsley, lemon zest, garlic and salt and pepper to taste and process until finely chopped.

5Assemble the healthy ricotta crostini. Place a couple of teaspoons of lowfat ricotta cheese on each slice of bread and spread. Add a teaspoon or two of the red pepper pesto on half of the toasted breads with ricotta cheese and top with one slice of caramelised onion. To the other half half of toasted crostini breads with ricotta cheese add a teaspoon or two of the lemony gremolata mixture.

6Garnish the red pepper pesto ricotta crostini with a little fresh basil and a little lemon zest for on top of the lemony gremolata ricotta crostini. Enjoy!

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  • NancyC

    This crostini looks so yummy–what a great idea to use the bread in this way!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Nancy. I wish I could say there were left overs but not a crumb left. 🙂

  • Great to get your boys styling food! I find that the hardest thing. You can hire them out to me. 🙂 Anyway, these look great — so nice and tasty. Perfect for a party!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you John! Your photography is always beautiful, crisp and uniquely your style. My boys, especially my eldest is really into Food. He has an artists eye for food photography and styling. Sure thing, I can hire my boys out but in exchange for feeding them.. I think you will be sending them back in a hurry.

  • Eha

    This SO reminds me of being at the NY’s ‘World’s Fair’ methinks sometime 1964 or such. ‘It’s a small world after all’ !!! ‘Scuse’ of the repetitions: I have eaten 2-3 such open ‘sandwiches’ every day of my life [OK, on a few days I could not 🙂 !!] Your choices are delightful . . . shall try!!! What bother breakfast . . . surely not all those sickening sugary and unhealthy carbs so-called breakfast ‘foods’ !!!!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hello Eha, I hope you are doing well. These little crostini would be FAB for breakfast or any time you want a quick and delicious snack. Wishing you a super weekend!

  • The roasted pepper pesto and gremolata is something I would like to try.Your crostinis look darling and tasty.

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thanks so much Gerlinde. I could not decide which version I liked best, so just kept on eating both until they were gone. They go quick so make extra.

  • Oh, I just love a good crostini, Bobbi! These beautiful colours and outstanding flavours are going to be a big hit. I love being able to serve healthy treats at parties.
    Thanks for a great recipe! Sharing all over 🙂
    Hope your week is fabulous!

  • OhI I love a good crostini and these look so cute and delicious. Love all the vibrant colors and awesome flavors here. I bet they tasted heavenly. I wish I could get to taste these in person! PS: Absoluelty in love your second photo! 🙂

  • Great styling, love the photos! This looks like the perfect snack! Need to try this bread! Pinned!

  • I so love that your boys enjoy styling food and photographing it too – and I don;t think I could blame them for trying to finish that loaf as Havest Grains SEEDED bread sounds and looks delicious – the perfect base for these ricotta crostini! Love that the prep can be done in advance – I’m bookmarking this for next year when my daughter graduates. Hope you have a wonderful weekend Bobbi!

  • Love, love, love it! How do you come up with these ideas? Lucky you to have help in the kitchen and with styling!!! Pinning

  • Hi Bobbi, oh how delicious these look, love the flavor combinations you created. These look amazing!

  • Your food always looks so visually appealing that I want to dive right in…and when I look at the ingredients and your combinations, it always makes great sense. And I love that your boys are such foodies. That’s just wonderful!

  • Love the colors!!

  • Bobbi, these look delicious and I love the flavour combination 🙂

  • This snack looks incredible. Pictures are awesome. Creative food styling. Excellent color and cheese and peppers

  • These look so delicious that my mouth is watering a little bit just looking at the photos!

  • Oh baby, look at these beauties! Bobbi, these are just beautiful! And that red pepper pesto…. Mmmm!!!! Loving all those flavor combinations!

  • These crostini look just perfect! I love ricotta and the toppings you’ve done here are out of this world 🙂

  • That red pepper pesto one would be my pick, looks delish!

  • Oh these look so good! I feel like I would end up eating them all as I made them and have nothing leftover!

  • I have always loved Pepperidge Farm bread. However I think I love your crostini more! What fun to cook with your kids and especially to have them so talented. My son was selling wine but now he is representing a real estate company from NYC and promoting their projects in Asia. /his degree was in Asian studies and he speaks Mandarin. We will be there for three weeks in September. Can’t wait!

  • What a delicious appetizer! Bobbi it is such a pity we love so far away from each other! Pinned, yummed and stumbled!

  • This is so innovative. They look so cute and delicious 🙂 Bookmarked!

  • I love this! What a healthy and delish snack for when friends come over. Ricotta, mmmm….

  • So apparently ricotta toast is the new avocado toast… or so I read recently!

    Coincidentally, I had a bagel with ricotta cheese earlier today and it reminded me what a beautiful thing ricotta is.

    I LOVE the tasty toppings you’ve chosen – what a great appetizer idea!

  • Can you send your boys over to me to help out in the kitchen please? You’ve done a great job it sounds like with them 🙂
    Gorgeous photos and great flavour combos Bobbi!

  • Your boys have great taste and a knack for food styling! What fun for all of you and I’m sure they love being taste testers when they get appetizers like these! How cute is they “try” not to eat sign! My notes are “don’t eat!, lol

  • Liz

    I love seedy breads! What a delicious base for your yummy, healthy crostini!

  • Looks perfect, wish I could grab one off the screen now!

  • It is nice to know that the boys enjoy being a part of your food preparation and styling. We already know that they are the perfect taste testers…I bet the crostini didn’t last long after the last photo. 😀

  • I could eat a whole plate full of these! They both sound delicious and they look so summery too.

  • The crostini look wonderful Bam, I just love the Lemony Gremolata, it must have tasted so fresh. It’s so nice that your boys are keen about food and helping in the kitchen, they will make someone a wonderful partner in the the future.

  • Great idea to use the bread. Love it.

  • The simplest foods are always the best!! Love these crostinis!

  • So cute and delicious! This is perfect for an appetizer!

  • Wow! This looks so good and the red pepper pesto sounds great!

  • Great-looking crostini, Bobbi! Tough choice on which one to devour first.

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