Lightly Cooked Cherry Tomato and Ricotta Bruschetta – Recipe

Lightly Cooked Cherry Tomato Bruschetta
Lightly Cooked Cherry Tomato and Ricotta Bruschetta

This bruschetta is the epitome of carefree cooking, made almost entirely by gathering good ingredients. Ripe, organic cherry tomatoes (maybe from your backyard?), ricotta (Calabro?), a bit of good olive oil, garlic and fresh basil. A nice artisan pain au levain brings chew and flavor to the party.

Generally I would do a bruschetta like this without cooking the tomatoes at all, maybe just tossing them with the other ingredients awhile ahead of time so that they start to marinate a bit. But there is something great about cooking them for just a couple of minutes as well. The tomatoes start to break down into something that is halfway between salad and sauce that is quite luxurious with the ricotta.

It is important to cut thick slices of bread for bruschetta because that allows you to get nice browned flavors on the exterior while still retaining a chewy interior crumb. If you use thin slices, you’ll end up with a dry cracker.

Honestly I didn’t write down a recipe for this bruschetta because I didn’t particularly plan on sharing this on the blog, but then it was just so tasty I felt compelled! So here is an approximate recipe. Use your own cooking sense to adjust it, you can’t go wrong.

Lightly Cooked Cherry Tomato and Ricotta Bruschetta
Yields 4 large pieces

  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 or 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Kosher salt
  • 4 thick slices pain au levain or other artisan bread
  • 3/4 cup fresh ricotta, room temperature
  • Fresh basil, thinly sliced (chiffonade)
  • Flaky sea salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  1. Place a medium skillet over medium heat. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil. When it is hot, add the garlic and saute until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the cherry tomatoes and 1/2 teaspoon of Kosher salt and cook until warmed through and just starting to break down a bit, stirring occasionally, about 2 minutes. Turn off heat, taste and adjust seasoning, and reserve.
  2. Brush the bread with the remaining olive oil and grill or toast until well browned.
  3. To finish the bruschetta, spread each slice of bread with 1/4 of the ricotta and 1/4 of the cherry tomato mixture, a drizzle of olive oil if you are so inclined, a bit of the basil, a few flakes of salt, and a few grinds of pepper. Cut each piece in half and serve immediately.
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Posted by Michael Natkin on Monday, August 29th, 2011 in Appetizers, Recipes.

9 Responses to “Lightly Cooked Cherry Tomato and Ricotta Bruschetta – Recipe”

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    August 29, 2011 at 10:16 am #

    Mmmm bruschetta is one of my summer go-to dishes and I love the addition of ricotta and slightly cooking the tomatoes here! Will definitely try. Glad you decided to share 🙂

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    August 29, 2011 at 6:29 pm #

    Sounds so good! Still waiting on the little tomatoes in my garden, though, cheering them on every day (that helps, right?)

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    August 29, 2011 at 7:44 pm #

    I haven’t tried bruschetta but it sure looks delicious. Can’t wait to try it out.

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    August 31, 2011 at 1:28 am #

    This looks so beautiful, I am going to make it tomorrow for a picinic!

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    August 31, 2011 at 9:44 am #

    I know I am probably beating a dead horse, but I love bruschetta too. And I have loved using ricotta in many cooking applications, but may have to try it with my bruschetta with the ricotta cheese.

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    September 6, 2011 at 2:34 pm #

    Looks very appetizing! ‘Tis the season to find many ways to use tomatoes and basil!

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    September 7, 2011 at 8:53 am #

    Made this last night with Sun Gold yellow cherry tomatoes, a seed-crusted baguette, and mozzarella (because it’s what we had on hand). Everyone loved it, but if I did it again, I’d halve the salt. I also would cook the tomatoes a little less. I tried 2 min with half my tomatoes, found them a bit TOO soft, and did about 1 min with the other half, and then combined them. My tomatoes had to sit a few minutes because of other things I was doing, and they left behind some juice, which I drizzled over about half the bruschetta with good results. Hint for the mozzarella: if you want really thin slices (you do!), really easily, you can use one of those hard-boiled-egg slicers that cut with thin wires.

    BTW, we served this with steamed artichokes & a sauce of cumin-balsamic vinegar-mayonnaise, and courgettes aux citron, and it made a just-about-perfect late-summer meal.

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    September 8, 2011 at 7:59 am #

    This looks fabulously good. It is my husband’s favorite food. I think when I make this, he will fall in love with me all over again!

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    September 11, 2011 at 3:01 am #

    I had to do a taste test of ricotta vs mozzarella. Both were excellent! Thanks for this easy reminder of how to use up all those tomatoes.

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