Photo courtesy of Krystal Keith.
These are outrageous! So much flavor, so much texture, so incredibly delicious. These little crostini are a perfect afternoon snack, appetizer for your family dinner or hors d’oeuvre at your dinner party. I am always tempted to hide these little guys for my own personal snacks and find something else to serve my guests (I would never….or would I?) These take minimal work and minimal ingredients, and they pack a powerful — and elegant — punch in each little bite.
Roasted Tomato Crostini
1 12-inch baguette (sourdough, French or Italian)
2 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
2-3 cloves garlic, peeled, roasted and mashed into a paste*
1 cup ricotta cheese
4-6 medium basil leaves, cut into ribbons
salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place tomatoes in a small baking dish and drizzle with olive oil. Roast for 30-45 minutes until the skins of the tomatoes start to brown.
You can roast the garlic at the same time. Peel and place the cloves in a piece of foil, add a drizzle of olive oil, fold up the foil and place it in the oven to roast with the tomatoes. When both are done, remove from oven and let the garlic cool. Use a fork to mash the cloves into a paste.
Set oven to broil and slice the baguette at an angle in 1/2-inch thick slices. Broil the crostini slices until they reach a light golden brown. Mix the roasted garlic paste and some salt and pepper into the ricotta cheese, spread onto each crostini, top with roasted tomatoes and garnish with a few ribbons of basil.
*Note: If you don’t want to take the time to roast the garlic, you can buy a tube of garlic paste at most grocery stores and sauté one tablespoon of it in a skillet for a minute or two to cook off that raw garlic flavor.
You may know Krystal Keith as the singer of the sweet father/daughter wedding dance song, “Daddy Dance With Me,” which she wrote for her own wedding as a surprise for dad Toby Keith. Or maybe you know her from her official debut single, “Get Your Redneck On.” She’s also super talented in the kitchen and has been creating delicious meals from family recipes for years and featuring them in her blog, The Barnyard Bistro. Every week she shares her favorites exclusively with Great American Country.