Ricotta-Corn-Basil Crostini with Chopped Tomatoes

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Author Notes:

I made this a few years ago and somehow it got lost in the mental recipe archives. It popped up the other day while I was at the farmers market admiring the current offerings. Fresh ricotta combined with raw organic corn and thinly sliced basil, topped with chopped in season tomatoes -- it is summer in a bite (or two).

Modern Family Cooking - Nicole

Food52 Review: When I first read the recipe and saw there was no garlic in the list of ingredients, I wondered if I would want to add it the next time I made it. I didn't miss it at all! There was so much flavor in these simple crostini! They tasted like summer. The lemon, basil, corn and tomato were so good together along with the creamy ricotta. This recipe will make a comeback at my table.Cheryl W. V.

Serves: 20


  • 2 cups fresh ricotta
  • 2 ears of corn, kernels removed
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced basil
  • 1 lemon zested
  • Maldon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • splashes Good olive oil
  • 2 multigrain baguettes, thinly sliced
  • 6 plum tomatoes, chopped
In This Recipe


  1. In a bowl mix together ricotta, corn, basil, lemon zest, 2 to 3 tablespoons of good olive oil, a few pinches Maldon, and freshly ground black pepper.
  2. Douse tomatoes with good olive oil, salt, and pepper, and stir.
  3. Spread a layer of the ricotta mixture onto each baguette slice. Top with tomatoes a pinch of Maldon salt, and freshly ground pepper.

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Reviews (4) Questions (0)

4 Reviews

AntoniaJames August 18, 2014
We enjoyed these so much. Perfect centerpiece for a summer supper. I had made ricotta using the very best recipe out there - https://food52.com/recipes/11403-creamy-homemade-ricotta -- so I used that, and toasted slices (halved) of this boule https://food52.com/recipes/25384-oat-porridge-bread . Fresh corn purchased yesterday morning and basil from the bushes below my kitchen window made it absolutely perfect. Will most certainly be making these again! ;o)
JanetFL July 7, 2013
Sounds very tasty. I will try your recipe when our local corn makes it appearance this summer. Thank you!
Author Comment
Modern F. July 7, 2013
Any vehicle for that topping works great! Grilled bread is perfect.
alice F. July 7, 2013
seems to me this would be better on grilled bread. agree? sounds delicious<br />