I’m always trying to come up with new, interesting hors d’oeuvres that don’t involve chips or cheese dip. Not that I’m against a steaming bowl of queso, but it’s nice to mix things up occasionally. This bruschetta dish is always a crowd pleaser, and it’s relatively easy to prepare as well.
The key is in the ingredients, but once you have them on hand preparation is a snap. And I know buying two types of honey is a pain, and can be expensive, but the outcome is worth it. You can always substitute regular old honey from the plastic bear jar if you’re a risk taker, but I promise it’s not going to be as good.
Honey Tomato Bruschetta with Ricotta (adapted from Food & Wine)
2 pints cherry or grape tomatoes, halved lengthwise
1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons clover honey
2 teaspoons thyme leaves
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
12 baguette slices, cut 1/2 inch thick on the bias
1 cup fresh ricotta (8 ounces)
1 tablespoon buckwheat or chestnut honey
6 basil leaves, thinly sliced or torn
Preheat the oven to 300°. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl, toss the tomatoes with the olive oil, honey, thyme leaves, salt and pepper. Scrape the tomatoes onto the prepared baking sheet and turn them cut side up. Bake the tomatoes for about 1 hour and 25 minutes, until they begin to shrivel and brown. Let cool.
Preheat the broiler. Spread out the baguette slices on a baking sheet. Broil for about 30 seconds on each side, until the edges are golden brown.
Spread the ricotta over the baguette slices and top with the slow-roasted tomatoes. Lightly drizzle the tomatoes with the buckwheat honey, sprinkle with the sliced basil and serve with additional buckwheat honey on the side.