Strawberry Party Bites

  • Yield 2 dozens
  • Prep 15 minutes
  • Cook 2 minutes

One-bite hors d’oeuvres combine sweet strawberries with ricotta and a bit of goat cheese.

Strawberry Ricotta Party Bites
Photo by Cheryl Sternman Rule

A sprinkle of cracked black pepper and drizzle of olive oil lend a savory finish. This recipe may be easily doubled if you’d rather use the entire baguette. (Make sure to choose a slender loaf, about 2-inches in diameter.)

Ingredients

20 to 25 (1/2-inch-thick) slices baguette (2-inch diameter)
1 to 2 extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup whole milk ricotta cheese
1 tablespoon soft goat cheese
2 tablespoons heavy cream
Finely grated rind of 1 large orange
Freshly ground pepper
1 1/2 cups sliced strawberries

Instructions

  1. Set oven rack 4 to 5 inches from the broiling element. Heat broiler.
  2. Place bread rounds on a rimmed baking sheet. Brush tops lightly with oil. Sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Broil about 90 seconds, watching carefully, until edges turn golden brown. Remove from oven.
  3. Combine ricotta, goat cheese, heavy cream, ½ teaspoon of the orange zest, salt and pepper in the bowl of a food processor. Process until completely smooth. Scrape into a small bowl. (Alternately, beat with a wooden spoon until as smooth as possible. Mixture may remain a bit grainy, which is fine.)
  4. To assemble, spread ricotta mixture on toasts. Top with 1 or 2 strawberry slices. Sprinkle with remaining orange zest, black pepper and a drizzle of olive oil. Serve immediately.

Recipe by Cheryl Sternman Rule

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