Ricotta Lemon Basil Honey Bruschetta

Fresh and light, this Ricotta Lemon Basil Honey Bruschetta is a delicious, tasty appetizer with bright flavors of lemon, honey, and fresh basil. WATCH THE VIDEO!

Ricotta Lemon Basil Honey Bruschetta

Enjoying an outdoor dinner party is exactly what we did last weekend when our friends came over on a hot summer’s eve. Our good friend, Judy, brought Ricotta Lemon Basil Honey Bruschetta for an appetizer, and it was so fresh and scrumptious!

Ricotta Lemon Basil Honey Bruschetta

This Ricotta Lemon Basil Honey Bruschetta has now become one of our favorite appetizers to serve, mostly in spring and summer (hello, lemon and fresh basil). Honestly, it’s great throughout the year, too!

Have you ever tried ricotta on mini toasts or crostini? It’s all about what flavors you add into the soft cheese. For a light dessert, you may want to try my Orange Nutella Bruschetta recipe!

BEST Ricotta Lemon Basil Honey Bruschetta

What is bruschetta?

First of all, what is bruschetta?

Typically, to make bruschetta you need 4 basic ingredients: bread, garlic, salt, and olive oil.

Bruschetta (pronounced broo-skeh-tah, not broo-shedda) is a toasted Italian bread drenched in a good olive oil, either in small slices (above), or you can cut a loaf of bread in half and toast it that way, too.

Originally it was served with garlic or tomatoes–pretty basic (and delicious if you’ve ever been to Italy).

It can also be served with chopped olives, vegetables, beans, cheese or cured meats (think charcuterie).
 
Today we left off the garlic, and fancied up this Ricotta Lemon Basil Honey Bruschetta by adding a premier ricotta cheese, with lemon, honey, and fresh basil!
 
Ricotta Lemon Basil Honey Bruschetta - how to ricotta

Sweet and Creamy Ricotta Cheese 

This recipe was inspired by Food52 way to make ricotta and honey, and a recipe by Martha Stewart Living in 2010. Yes, way back then.

What makes this recipe so excellent is using quality ingredeints. 

Look for a premier sweet and creamy ricotta cheese, is what my friend Judy told me. When shopping, if you don’t know, ask someone for help! 

Lemon zest is everything in this recipe … so light and delicate and fresh!

Ricotta Lemon Basil Honey Bruschetta - crostini

How to make crostini

  1. On broil, lightly toast one side of the baguette toasts for about a minute.
  2. Turn the toasts over, drizzle with olive oil.
  3. Toast again until lightly brown.

Ricotta Lemon Basil Honey Bruschetta - how to make crostini

For this recipe, we are leaving out the garlic (the traditional way to make bruschetta), for a sweeter spin on the appetizer!

Ricotta Lemon Basil Honey Bruschetta - spreading ricotta

Honey adds a nice touch and doesn’t overpower the basil or ricotta. 

Tasty Ricotta Lemon Basil Honey Bruschetta

And then there’s the strips of fresh basil leaves. Be still my heart!

Summer dinner party

We served buffet style inside, and enjoyed our meal at sunset. It was a beautiful night, with a magical summer light peeking through the trees. [Our backyard a few years ago in southern Oregon.]

Ricotta with Lemon, Basil, and Honey Bruschetta - Mackenzie-Childs

We sat out under our party lights, everyone contributed a dish, and Paul and I barbecued chicken and steak. The tables were set with daisies and yellow billy balls down the center, on yellow paisley tablecloths.

We kept the level of formality in check by mixing in casual MacKenzie-Childs Courtly Check plates, black cloth napkins, and dollar store glasses. :)

EASY Ricotta Lemon Basil Honey Bruschetta

Easy summer appetizer

Not just for summer, but any time of year, these Ricotta Lemon Basil Honey Bruschetta bites were a great way to start off our sunset supper!

Just take a peek at these, and I do believe your mouth will water, and you will want a bite NOW. :)

Ricotta with Lemon, Basil, and Honey Bruschetta
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Ricotta Lemon Basil Honey Bruschetta

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Appetizer
Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf baguette bread sliced and toasted
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 cup fresh ricotta cheese
  • 1 lemon zest
  • 2 Tbsp. basil leaves
  • Honey for drizzling

Instructions

  • Prheat oven to broil; lightly toast one side of the baguette toasts for about a minute. Turn over, drizzle with olive oil. Toast again until lightly brown.
  • Mix fresh ricotta with lemon zest, and spread onto toasts.
  • Add a few basil leaves; drizzle with honey. Serve!

Video

Notes

Adapted from Martha Stewart. Originally posted on RE July 2014.

More summer appetizers:
Strawberry Mango Salsa Cups {Barbara Bakes}
Cajun Shrimp Hummus Crostini {Nutmeg Nanny}
Grilled Zucchini Grilled Roll-ups Recipe {Cookin Canuck}

Ricotta Lemon Basil Honey Bruschetta Recipe

9 comments on “Ricotta Lemon Basil Honey Bruschetta”

  1. really nice ingredients here, like the ricotta over the mozzarella in most bruschetta recipes

  2. Just yum

  3. Made this tonight as an appetizer. Delicious! I will make this again.

  4. This sounds delicious! Just wondering if anyone has found the ratios for this recipe? Thanks can’t wait to try it!

  5. Made this tonight for my book club, but truly had to wing it for proportions. Perhaps you could revise this recipe to include measurements? I winged it – but was anxious! In the end, flavors were great

  6. We made this tonight. It was so delicious ! This is a keeper for all of us! It was so easy to make and so lite tasting. I am having a New Years party and will be putting this on the table!

  7. Looks like you had a great dinner! Loving that bruschetta, mouth watering for sure!

  8. Oh my goodness I am soooo making this perfect appetizer soon! Miss you! xo

  9. OH YUM! I’ve been looking for an excuse to make homemade ricotta, and I think this is it!

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