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Roasted Cherry Tomato Bruschetta with Basil and Ricotta

Simple ingredients make this dish extraordinary!

Enhance this dish by roasting or grilling more veggies, or top it off with an egg (soft boiled, over-easy, or poached).

Prep time:

15 mins

Cook time:

10 mins

Ingredients:

  • 1 loaf of good quality crusty Italian or French Bread
  • 2 cups fresh, good quality ricotta cheese (fresh is VERY different from even good quality grocery offerings)
  • 1/2 cup Pour Olive's plain olive oil
    (referred to as "UP EVOO") - Picual, Hoji, or Koroneiki would go well here (these are varietals of olive oils)
  • 1/4 cup Pour Olive's Tuscan Herb or Garlic Olive Oil
  • 3 cups super sweet cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup packed fresh basil leaves
  • 3 large garlic cloves
  • 1 cup good quality sun dried tomatoes in oil, drained well
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • fresh cracked pepper and more salt to taste

Method:

  1. Preheat a grill, BBQ or oven to 425 F.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk the ricotta with 1 teaspoon salt and set aside.
  3. Toss the cherry tomatoes with 1/4 cup fresh UP EVOO, a teaspoon of salt, and pepper to taste. Roast the cherry tomatoes in a cast iron skillet for 15 minutes until blistered and fragrant. Set aside to cool.
  4. Slice the bread into 1" thick slices, drizzle the slices with 1/4 cup UP EVOO, and grill over high heat, on the BBQ or an indoor cast iron grill until golden, about 5 minutes per side. Using two of the garlic cloves, rub each side of the still warm grilled bread. Set aside.

    Sundried tomato and basil pesto:
  5. In the bowl of a food processor or blender, add the sundried tomatoes, 1/2 cup basil, 1 garlic clove, 1/4 cup Tuscan Herb Olive Oil and process to a paste consistency.

    For assembly:
  6. Spread 1 Tbsp of pesto followed by 1 Tbsp of ricotta over each bread slice. Then place 2 or 3 cherry roasted cherry tomatoes over the ricotta layer. Add a basil leaf between each tomato (if you're feeling fancy), otherwise just sprinkle the bruschetta with torn basil leaves.
    Finish each bruschetta with additional sea salt, fresh ground pepper, and a drizzle of UP EVOO or infused olive oil of your choice. Serve immediately!