cranberry whipped ricotta crostini
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Cranberry Whipped Ricotta Crostini

Tiny toasted baguette slices spread with creamy whipped ricotta cheese and topped with colourful lightly sweetened cranberries make a popular holiday appetizer.
Course Appetizers
Cuisine American, Canadian, Italian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12 crostini
Calories 74kcal
Author Flavour & Savour

Ingredients

Baguette Slices

  • 12 slices baguette, 1/2 inch thick, cut on the diagonal
  • olive oil extra virgin, for brushing the baguette slices
  • 1 tsp sea salt

Whipped Ricotta

  • 1 cup ricotta cheese whole milk
  • 1.5 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 1/2 tsp orange zest finely grated
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

Cranberry Orange Topping

  • 3/4 cup fresh cranberries coarsely chopped
  • 2 tbsp orange juice or orange liqueur like Triple Sec
  • 2 tbsp sweetener * see recipe notes below
  • fresh thyme leaves
  • flaky sea salt

Instructions

  • Heat oven to 375°F.
  • Use a sharp knife to slice the baguette into 1/2 inch thick slices. Cut slightly on the diagonal.
    Brush lightly with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt.
  • Space on a baking sheet and place in pre-heated oven. Bake for 7 - 8 minutes or until golden brown, flipping once halfway through. Crostini should be lightly browned, lightly toasted but still "springy" in the middle. Remove from oven.

Whipped Ricotta

  • In the bowl of a food processor, combine ricotta cheese with olive oil and salt. Process until very smooth, about 1 - 2 minutes.

Cranberry-Orange Topping

  • Coarsely chop fresh (or frozen) raw cranberries and combine with orange juice and sweetener of your choice:  honey, maple syrup or powdered zero-calorie sweetener like erythritol. 
  • To assemble crostini, spread each with a generous layer of whipped ricotta and top with a tablespoon of the cranberry mixture. Garnish with a few thyme leaves and a sprinkle of flaky sea salt and serve immediately.

Notes

A note about sweeteners
If you're not on a special diet, you can sweeten the cranberries with sugar. You can also use a tablespoon or so of an orange liqueur, like Gran Marnier or Triple Sec.
If you're following a vegan diet, you could use maple syrup.
And if you're on a low-carb or keto diet, use a zero-calorie natural sweetener like Monkfruit with Erythritol or Swerve.
In all cases, add a small amount of sweetener, taste, and then add more as needed. The amount you use will depend on how tart your cranberries are.

Nutrition

Calories: 74kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 65mg | Potassium: 32mg | Vitamin A: 95IU | Vitamin C: 2.4mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 0.1mg