Garlic Crostini with Asparagus And Ricotta Cheese

Three slices of ricotta crostini shows from overhead topped with radishes.

This delicious Garlic Crostini with Asparagus and Ricotta Cheese is the perfect spring or summer appetizer. Serve this ricotta bruschetta with a glass of wine for the perfect light meal. 

Two slices of Garlic Crostini topped with ricotta, asparagus and radishes.

Farm Fresh Asparagus

I was at Barrie Hill Farms last weekend  where I picked up some blueberries for one of my upcoming recipes and I snapped a few pics of the beautiful produce in their store.  Each time I go to the market I am amazed at all the fresh fruits and vegetables, the unique sauces, syrups, pickles, fresh cut flowers – it’s heaven! The summer produce is so good for us and eating locally grown foods definitely makes a big difference in flavour, in my opinion.

You’re not going to find this kind of gorgeous produce in the big supermarkets! It’s almost asparagus season, maybe one of my favorites at Barrie Hills Farm, and this recipe is a great use.

This is a quick and easy appetizer that requires no cooking except for toasting the bread.   I went with some  decadent Italian bread and I have to admit it was yummy.  I’ve made some summer meatball subs for a future post and I promise a healthier bread for that one.

This recipe comes from Canadian Living with a few changes.  They blanched the asparagus but I didn’t cook it at all.  I used my potato peeler to remove the skin to get rid of that woody flavour and then cut it into small pieces.  I prefer the crispy freshness of it raw.  Delicious!

Asparagus, Garlic and Ricotta Crostini

An overhead view of 3 slices of ricotta bruschetta.

This easy recipe for a ricotta crostini might also be called ricotta bruschetta – after all, does it matter what you call it if it’s delicious and covered with farm fresh produce?

Garlic Crostini with Asparagus And Ricotta Cheese

This easy garlic crostini is topped with farm fresh asparagus and ricotta cheese. Some might call this garlic bruschetta - but who cares what it's called as long as it's topped with delicious farm fresh produce?
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4
Calories: 391kcal
Author: Robyn Gleason @ Simply Fresh Dinners

Ingredients

  • 15 slices baguette thick
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 cloved garlic halved
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup radishes thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoon chives freshly chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • black pepper freshly ground, to taste

Instructions

  • On baking sheet, drizzle baguette slices with oil; bake in 400ºF oven until crispy and light golden, about 6 minutes. Turn halfway through if you want both sides browned. Rub tops with cut sides of garlic halves. Set aside.
  • Combine ricotta, chives, lemon zest, 2 teaspoons of the lemon juice,and the pepper; set aside. (Can be made up to 1 day ahead)
  • Toss together asparagus, radishes, and remaining lemon juice. Top crostini with ricotta mixture, then asparagus mixture.

Nutrition

Calories: 391kcal | Carbohydrates: 61g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 767mg | Potassium: 198mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 160IU | Vitamin C: 4.2mg | Calcium: 161mg | Iron: 3.7mg
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Recipe courtesy of Simply Fresh Dinners,  A partner with Barrie Hill Farms in bringing fresh recipes to your table.

 

More Asparagus Recipes from Barrie Hill Farms

Asparagus Soup Recipe

Asparagus Salsa

 

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Barrie Hill Farms

Barrie Hill Farms is a second generation family farm, owned and operated by the Gervais Family, that grows over 200 acres of fruit and vegetables.