Tiny toasted baguette slices spread with creamy whipped ricotta cheese and topped with colourful lightly sweetened cranberries make a popular holiday appetizer.
Cuisine American, Canadian, Italian
Prep Time 20minutes
Cook Time 10minutes
Total Time 30minutes
Author Flavour & Savour
12slicesbaguette,1/2 inch thick, cut on the diagonal
olive oilextra virgin, for brushing the baguette slices
1cupricotta cheesewhole milk
1.5tbspolive oilextra virgin
1/2tsporange zestfinely grated
Cranberry Orange Topping
3/4cupfresh cranberriescoarsely chopped
2tbsporange juiceor orange liqueur like Triple Sec
2tbspsweetener* 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.
In the bowl of a food processor, combine ricotta cheese with olive oil and salt. Process until very smooth, about 1 - 2 minutes.
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 sweetenersIf 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.