I am really excited about this recipe. There are a couple reasons. The first is that it is a recipe that involves strawberries which must mean that it’s strawberry season and that means summer (clearly). The second is that I came up with this because I have finally accomplished my life long goal of getting my hubby to like strawberries. Mission Accomplished.
Now that we’ve established that strawberries are amazing (especially during summer) I must also mention that this recipe involves balsamic vinegar and cheese which I must say are two of my favorite things. That’s really all I have folks. I’ll let these delicious little bits speak for themselves!
Balsamic Strawberry and Ricotta Crostini
1 french baguette
olive oil for drizzling
2 cups freshly chopped strawberries
1 tsp sugar
3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
8 ounces ricotta cheese
3-4 fresh basil leaves (chopped or sliced into small pieces)
- Using a serrated knife slice the baguette horizontally into 1/2 inch pieces. Drizzle each side of baguette slices with olive oil and using a brush spread oil to cover the surface. Place baguette slices on a 400 degree grill and flip after 1 minute. After another minute remove crostini’s from the grill. They should be golden and crispy!
- Put strawberries in a medium sized non-reactive bowl and sprinkle with 1 tsp of sugar. This will help to release the juices from the strawberries (this is called maceration). Pour balsamic vinegar over strawberries and mix to coat. Let stand for 10-15 minutes.
- Assemble the crostini. Spread a dollop of ricotta cheese on one side of each slice of bread. Top with marinated strawberries and sprinkle with basil. Enjoy!
*Stack basil leaves on top of each other and roll up like a cigar. Cut thin horizontal strips. This is called a chiffonade and is perfect for recipes like this!
*Grilled bread makes all the difference. Trust me
*For a more intense balsamic flavor. Drizzle balsamic glaze over the top of the prepared crostini. You can make this homemade by reducing balsamic vinegar with sugar or I really like this stuff you can buy here.