My wife loves tomatoes on her toast in the morning for breakfast. So, I started making this EASY Ricotta Bruschetta toast for breakfast as an alternative to her usual tomato avocado toast! It's delicious and light but still packs some protein. Great as an appetizer or breakfast!
Bruschetta is an Italian appetizer typically served on Italian bread or baguettes. It is an herbed combination of tomatoes and onions. This recipe combines bruschetta with ricotta toast.
Why this recipe works for us
We always eat the same old breakfast. Sometimes on the weekends, we like to try to switch it up. I LOVE ricotta toast but this added Italian classic was perfect.
I like having this for a snack in the middle of the day too. It can be as easy or as extra as you want it to be, depending on how you toast the bread.
During the summer, we love having breakfast out on the porch and there is nothing like some fresh tomatoes over toast while enjoying a beautiful morning.
Ingredient Notes and Substitutions
Ricotta. I don't have a whole lot to say here. Ricotta cheese has really gone downhill. If you ever had homemade, then you know what I mean. If you're using Polly-o or Galbani, my suggestion is to whip it first so it doesn't have that cream cheese texture. You could also add some parmesan.
I prefer the Trader Joe's brand of ricotta over everything commercially available that I currently know of. This is my genuine recommendation and not an advertisement. Try their ricotta and tell me it's not divine.
Olive Oil. High-quality extra virgin olive oil is ideal for stuff like this. It is a major flavor in the bruschetta and you can taste the difference.
Tomato. Beefsteak or Roma varieties are my favorites for this. I used a German Johnson Beefsteak that I found at the farmer's market. If you frequent a farmer's market and don't grow your own tomatoes, just look around to see what tomatoes look really fresh. You can't go wrong.
Bread. It's so important to use high-quality bread with a recipe like this. Simple ingredients
This is such a simple recipe. Start by combining tomato, onion, garlic, basil, lemon juice, olive oil, and kosher salt, and stir well.
You can simply toast the bread and that's the easier option. A more delicious option is to add 1 tablespoon of butter to a pan on medium heat and toast each side of the bread in the butter until golden brown. When you flip the toast, add the other tablespoon of butter to the pan.
While the bread is hot, scrape the bread with a fresh clove of garlic. Allow the bread to cool slightly, then add the ricotta cheese with a pinch of salt and pepper. Top it with your bruschetta and serve!
By letting the bread cool you will ensure that the ricotta does not just melt right off the toast!
- Add arugula under your ricotta for more veggies and flavor!
- Substitute cottage cheese for ricotta if you're looking for more protein.
- Top with prosciutto for another flavor addition.
- Roast the tomatoes with pancetta for a hot dinner-type appetizer.
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EASY Ricotta Bruschetta
- 1 pan
- 1 mixing bowl
- 1 baguette or loaf of Italian bread sliced
- 1 beefsteak tomato, chopped
- ½ white onion, chopped
- 2 cloves 1 clove of garlic minced and 1 whole
- 10-15 basil leaves, julienned julienned means thin slices
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup ricotta cheese
- 2 tbsp butter
- Combine tomato, onion, garlic, basil, lemon juice, olive oil, and salt. Stir well.
- You can simply toast the bread. A more delicious option is to add 1 tablespoon of butter to a pan on medium heat and toast each side of the bread in the butter until golden brown. When you flip the toast, add the other tablespoon of butter.
- Scrape the bread with an extra clove of garlic. Allow the bread to cool slightly, then add the ricotta cheese with a pinch of salt and pepper. Top it with your bruschetta and serve!