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.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12 crostini
- 12 slices baguette, 1/2 inch thick, cut on the diagonal
- olive oil extra virgin, for brushing the baguette slices
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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