Toasted baguette slices topped with ricotta cheese, caramelized fresh figs, pistachios, and a drizzle of honey. A simple and delicious summertime crostini!
How many of you feel like the Monday after a holiday weekend is the worst? The day just seems to drag on forever with no hope of the next weekend in sight. That’s how I suspect my day will feel today after having such a fun and relaxing weekend.
Friday my husband and I went on a new hike and it couldn’t have been more perfect. The sun was shining, there was a cool breeze, beautiful views, and I was sucking in as much of the mountain air as I could. There is seriously something about fresh, clean, mountain air that makes me feel energized and alive!
Saturday I did my usual long run in the morning which was followed by my routine coffee date with my husband. Sometimes if I’m tired or not having a good run I start to think about my cappuccino I’ll be drinking afterwards and it gives me a little motivation to pick up my speed and finish faster so I can get my caffeine fix.
We didn’t have or go to a 4th of July party this year, but that was ok. It was still nice just to sit and enjoy each others company while we stuffed ourselves silly with all the barbecue food! This grilled salmon with strawberry jalapeño salsa was my favorite and my husband loved this macaroni salad that I lightened up with some Greek yogurt.
Sunday was spent recovering from all the food and trying to burn off some of it with another run and then a late morning bike ride. I really couldn’t have asked for a better weekend! But all great weekends have to end sometime and then it’s time to face Monday and an entire week of work. To help get me through the day I am planning to make these easy and fabulous Caramelized Fig and Ricotta Crostini to go with our dinner tonight.
Last week I bought fresh figs while I was at Whole Foods. I’m not gonna lie, these babies aren’t cheap! However, sometimes I splurge when I find beautiful fresh fruit or vegetables, and these figs were worth the splurge. Luckily, I only needed a few of the figs because I stuffed my face with the rest of them the minute I got home.
The figs were sweet, delicious and if you’ve never tried a fresh one you are in for a treat! The crostini is so simple to make. Simply broil or grill baguette slices until they are toasted. In a small skillet melt a little butter and honey together then slice the figs and place them cut side down in the honey butter mixture. Let them caramelize for a couple minutes.
While the figs caramelize mix some salt and pepper into the ricotta cheese and chop up some pistachios. Spread the ricotta on top of the toasted baguette then top it with a caramelized fig slice or two, a sprinkle of pistachios, and a drizzle of honey. Simple, delicious, and a great way to use seasonal fresh figs!
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- 1/2 of a baguette, cut into 14 slices
- 4 fresh figs, sliced into fourths lengthwise
- 8 ounces part skim ricotta cheese
- Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
- 1 teaspoon butter
- 1 teaspoon honey, plus more for drizzling on top
- 2 tablespoons pistachios, chopped
- In a small mixing bowl, mix together the ricotta cheese, salt, and pepper until combined.
- In a medium sized skillet over medium heat, melt the butter and honey together.
- Place the sliced figs in with the honey butter mixture and cook them for 1-2 minutes per side or until they start to caramelize.
- While the figs are caramelizing toast the baguette slices in the oven under the broiler or on the grill until golden brown.
- Spread some of the ricotta onto each baguette slice then top with a caramelized fig slice, chopped pistachios, and a drizzle of honey.
- Serve immediately.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 14 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 87 Total Fat: 3g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 7mg Sodium: 108mg Carbohydrates: 12g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 4g Protein: 4g