This is one of the easiest Italian appetizers you can serve. It makes a great presentations and will impress your guests in its simplicity and amazing blending of flavors. The secret to this dish is to let the ricotta cheese drain overnight so it becomes firm like a cream cheese. The quality of the ingredients matters the fewer ingredients you use so go with the best you find in your area or in your pantry! Use local-produced honey if possible.
Prep Time 8hours
Total Time 8hours
Author Homemade Italian Cooking with Cara
1 15ouncecarton whole milk ricotta cheese
1loaf Italian breadciabatta or baguette
Place ricotta in a cheesecloth-lined fine mesh strainer, cover with a plate. Add heavy can or weight on top of plate to assist removing excess moisture. Let sit overnight in a fridge. Remove drained ricotta cheese and store in a glass jar until needed. It should be thick and spreadable.
Slice bread in ½ slices. Lightly brush olive oil on both sides on bread. Brush grill pan with olive oil. Toast the crostini until lightly golden and has grill marks on both sides. Sprinkle lightly with salt and set aside on a wooden board.
Serve toasted bread with ricotta cheese and honey the side on the wooden platter. Can add pistachios, apples, tangerines, and fresh figs or fig jam for additional condiments.