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Tomato Bruschetta with Basil and Ricotta Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Tom Unwin

Category:
Category:

Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
1 pint grape tomatoes, quartered
Salt and pepper
teaspoon sugar
7 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 loaf ciabatta bread, ends discarded, sliced crosswise into 12 (1/2-inch-thick) pieces
2 garlic clove, peeled anad halved
1 cups whole-milk ricotta cheese
3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

Directions:
Directions:
1. Combine tomatoes, teaspoon salt, and sugar in bowl and let sit for 30 minutes. Transfer tomatoes to salad spinner and spin until excess liquid has been removed, 45 to 60 seconds, redistributing tomatoes several times during spinning. Return tomatoes to bowl along with 3 tablespoons oil, vinegar, and teaspoon pepper and toss to combine.

2. Meanwhile, adjust oven rack 6 inches away from broiler element and heat broiler. Arrange bread on baking sheet. Broil bread until deep golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Lightly rub 1 side of bread with cut side of garlic and brush with 1 tablespoon oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

3. Process ricotta, teaspoon salt, and teaspoon pepper in food processor until smooth, about 1 minute. With processor running, slowly add remaining 3 tablespoons oil until incorporated. Spread ricotta mixture evenly on toast slices. Top toasts with tomato mixture and sprinkle with basil. Serve.

Number Of Servings:
Number Of Servings:
4
Preparation Time:
Preparation Time:
3/4 Hour
Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
Normally, tomato bruschetta suffers from two main problems: watery, bland tomatoes and soggy bread. We ditched the tomato water by treating the tomatoes with salt and sugar and spinning them in a salad spinner to shed as much moisture as possible. We fixed the soggy toasts by making a moisture barrier of whipped ricotta cheese (arugula pesto and olive tapenade in the variations) and spreading it over the toasts before we topped them with tomatoes. The spread also acted as a glue that held the tomatoes in place.

 

 

 

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