Roasted-tomato crostini


  • Makes1 Servings
Roasted-tomato crostini

Roasted-tomato crostini. Photo, Angus Fergusson.

Chatelaine Triple Tested


  • 2 L 0.0325 milk, at room temperature

  • 1/4 cup lemon juice

  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt

  • 2 tbsp 0.35 cream


  • 1 pint grape tomatoes

  • olive oil

  • chopped thyme

  • pepper

  • 1 baguette

  • balsamic vinegar, to drizzle

  • salt


  • To make Olive Oil Ricotta: Line a large fine-mesh metal strainer with a triple layer of cheesecloth large enough to hang over the edges. Set over an 8-cup measuring cup.

  • Pour milk into a large, very wide saucepan and heat over high. Stir often until milk becomes steamy and frothy around the edges or reads 185F on a thermometer, about 8 min. Turn off heat.

  • Stir in lemon juice and salt. Let stand until the liquid turns a yellowish colour and milky-white curds float to the surface, about 2 min. Gradually pour mixture into the prepared strainer. Let sit, stirring curds very gently once or twice, until about 7 cups of liquid has drained off, about 5 min. Discard liquid.

  • Transfer cheese into a bowl. Refrigerate until chilled. Just before using, stir in cream. Ricotta will keep well, refrigerated, up to 1 week.

  • To make Roasted-Tomato Crostini: Slice 1 pint grape tomatoes in half, toss with olive oil, chopped thyme, salt and pepper and roast on a baking sheet at 425F for 15 min. Spread Creamy Ricotta generously on toasted baguette slices and top with tomatoes. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar.

Easy hors d'oeuvres become a gourmet treat with homemade ricotta.