Ricotta Crostini with Spicy Kalamata Olives

By Food52 • December 11, 2017 3 Comments

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Makes about 30 crostini

  • 1 1/2 cups whole-milk ricotta
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1/2 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, plus more for seasoning
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 baguette, sliced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil, plus more for seasoning
  • 1 cup putted kalamata olives, coarsely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup parsley leaves, coarsely chopped, plus more for garnish
  • Flaky sea salt
  1. Whisk the ricotta, heavy cream, and lemon zest in a mixing bowl until combined. Add in the ¼ teaspoon of salt and a few cranks of black pepper. Taste the ricotta and adjust the seasoning as necessary.
  2. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Lay the baguette slices out on a sheet pan and drizzle each with a little olive oil. Toast until they are golden brown, about 6 minutes.
  3. In a bowl, combine the olives, ¼ cup olive oil, red pepper flakes, lemon juice, and parsley. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Spread the ricotta mixture over the toasted baguette slices. Add a spoonful of the olive mixture to each crostini, then drizzle with olive oil and season with freshly cracked black pepper and flaky sea salt.

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