Meyer Lemon & Orange Kissed Ricotta Bruschetta Appetizers
These crispy bruschetta appetizers are full of luscious flavor. They combine Meyer lemon and seasonings in creamy ricotta, with a drizzle of orange and honey on top. You’ll want to keep a second batch ready to pop in the oven when you and your guests have gobbled up the first.
Course Appetizer, Appetizers, Snack
Cuisine American, European
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 baguette or Italian loaf
- 1 1/2 cup ricotta
- 1 Meyer lemon zest & juice
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1/2 inch ginger minced
- Salt to taste
- Black pepper to taste
- 1 orange juiced
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons dried chives
- 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
- 1/2 cup pickled ginger thinly sliced
Preheat the oven to 250 °F.
Cut the baguette or Italian loaf into slices about 1/2-inch thick.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and place the slices on top in a single layer.
Brush with olive oil, and pop in the oven for 3 to 5 minutes – just until crisp, but not browned.
Remove from the oven and set aside for now.
Add the ricotta, Meyer lemon juice and zest, garlic and ginger to a small bowl and blend together with a fork.
Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Divide evenly among the bread slices, and smooth over.
Place back in the oven for another 5 to 10 minutes, as you make the topping.
In a small saucepan, add the orange juice (only) and honey.
Heat at a medium temperature until blended and slightly thickened, or about 5 to 10 minutes, as you stir frequently.
When the bruschetta is nicely toasted, and the ricotta softened, remove from the oven.
Add a spoonful of the orange honey mix on top, and sprinkle with sesame seeds and chive.
Add a spoonful of pickled ginger on the side if you wish – the spicy edge makes a nice contrast.
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