Canapés, tapas, amuse-bouche, crostini- whatever you’d like to call them, these thin baguette slices topped with a variety of flavor combinations are the perfect starter to a cocktail or dinner party. They’re a great way to please a crowd too- you can easily adapt the toppings you use to suit your guests.
I start each baguette slice with a spread of ricotta cheese and a sprinkling of salt and pepper. This simple base acts as the perfect platform for all the different toppings. You could also substitute crème fraiche in a pinch.
Serves 8 as an ample snack with cocktails.
Prep Time: 15 minutes Total Time: 20 Minutes
- 1 Baguette, thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Kosher salt & black pepper to taste
- 1 cup good Ricotta cheese
Place all your baguette slices in an even layer on a baking sheet. Preheat your broiler, and drizzle the slices with the olive oil and a sprinkling of salt and pepper. Broil for 1-2 minutes, watching carefully, until the slices are a nice golden brown.
Transfer the slices to a platter, and spread roughly a tablespoon of ricotta on each slice. Now, you can top each slice with whatever toppings you like. Below are some of my favorite suggestions, but feel free to get creative, this is a very forgiving and adaptable recipe.
Strawberry Balsamic: Dice a few strawberries, arrange over the ricotta, and drizzle with a bit of good balsamic vinegar.
Smoked Salmon & Cucumber: Tear off a few slices of smoked salmon, arrange over the ricotta, and top with a few thinly slices of cucumber. Top with a bit of fresh dill.
Hazelnut Honey: Roughly chop a handful of hazelnuts and arrange over the ricotta. Drizzle each slice with a bit of honey.
Tomato Basil: Thinly slice some cherry or grape tomatoes, and arrange over the ricotta. Top each slice with a bit of fresh basil.
Caramelized Onion: Slowly caramelize a thinly sliced onion in a pan with a bit of olive oil until the onion is golden brown and meltingly soft. Spoon over the ricotta, and top with extra cracked black pepper.