I’m so excited to share with everyone today our fourth installment of our virtual progressive dinner party. For those just tuning in or might not know what a progressive dinner party is… it’s basically a party where you hop from house to house to have different courses of the meal. This go-around we’ve decided to make this an appetizer and dessert dinner party! I’m bringing a super simple appetizer to the party; Grape Tomato & Ricotta Crostini.
Before Jon and I left for our babymoon I was craving this appetizer–yet I had never even made it before. I had went food shopping after work, had the bag boy load all my groceries, and I even pulled out of the supermarket parking lot when it hit me to buy a baguette and make this Grape Tomato & Ricotta Crostini. Seriously. I was not dreaming this–this really happened to me a few weeks ago. So I circled back around the parking lot. Found a spot and marched right back into the grocery store to buy a baguette. I needed to use up the pint of grape tomatoes and ricotta cheese in my fridge and my rationale was to buy something else to use it up!
As soon as I got home, I unloaded the groceries and dispersed them between the refrigerator, freezer, and pantry. I cut the baguette and began toasting them. While the baguette toasted I started slicing the grape tomatoes in half. I seasoned them generously with salt and pepper, chopped up a little fresh parsley I had in the refrigerator and gave a squeeze of my refrigerated minced garlic. I pulled the toasted baguette out of the toaster oven, and started slathering on fresh ricotta. I topped each crostini with a few sliced tomatoes and freshly cracked pepper using my OXO Pepper Grinder, and proclaimed to my husband that our appetizer was ready before dinner.
I’ve never needed an appetizer before dinner more than I do these days. I’m all about quick cooking right now. Fresh ingredients that are fast and taste amazing. This recipe for Grape Tomato & Ricotta Crostini’s is amazing. I made it for my family over the Thanksgiving Holiday and they all loved it and couldn’t believe how easy it was to make. I think I know what easy appetizer they all will be making from here on out!
Grape Tomato & Ricotta Crostini
- 1 pint grape tomatoes halved
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp garlic minced
- 1 tbsp fresh parsley chopped
- salt and pepper
- 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
- 1 Whole Wheat Baguette
- In a medium bowl, combine halved grape tomatoes with olive oil, garlic, fresh parsley, and salt and pepper to taste. Mix well and set to the side.
- Slice baguette in 1/4-inch thick pieces. Toast until golden brown.
- Spread ricotta on each baguette and top with grape tomatoes. Serve and enjoy!
Take a look at all the other amazing recipes that were brought to our virtual dinner party!
Tomato & Ricotta Crostini from Katie’s Cucina
Roasted Leek and Onion Soup from Sweet C’s Designs
Mozzerella, Bacon and Roasted Peppers Hot Cheese Dip from Cook the Story
Red Pepper Manchego Stuffed Mushrooms from The Lilypad Cottage
Spicy Sriracha Deviled Eggs from White House Black Shutters
Cranberry Salsa from Bombshell Bling
Spinach Stuffed Mushrooms from Kokocooks
Cream Cheese with Garlic & Bacon filled Crescents from A Glimpse Inside
Peppermint Hot Cocoa Rice Krispie Treats from Yellow Bliss Road
Peppermint Patty Chex Mix from Lolly Jane
Brownie Stuffed Christmas Trees from It’s Always Autumn
Dark Chocolate Peppermint Cookies from Clean and Scentsible
Mini Candy Cane Cupcakes with Chocolate Ganache from Crazy Little Projects
Black and White Cookie Brownies from Sweet Rose Studio
Oreo Truffle Reindeer Noses and Free Printable from Balancing Home
Peppermint Muddy Buddies from A Pumpkin and a Princess
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