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Tomato Corn Basil Crostini with Ricotta Cheese

Cook Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Servings: 36 crostini

Ingredients

  • 1 baguette (see note for crostini recipe)
  • olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups cherry tommatoes halved
  • 1 cup corn kernels (fresh or defrosted)
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil cut into thin strips
  • 1 lemon (zested and juiced)
  • 15 ounces ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  • Cook your crostini rounds as per recipe instructions through the link below if not done already. This can be done up to two days in advance and the crostini kept in an airtight bag or container. Make sure the crostini are completely cooled before storing otherwise the trapped heat moisture will re-soften them.
  • Zest the lemon and set the zest aside.
  • Cut the cherry tomatoes in half and place in a small bowl. Add the corn, 1/4 cup fresh basil strips, a pinch of salt and a pinch of black pepper. Drizzle with olive oil. Squeeze a half of a lemon into the tomatoes. Stir to combine and set aside.
  • In a second small bowl: Make your cheese mixture by combining the ricotta, juice from 1/2 lemon, Parmesan cheese, 1/4 cup fresh basil, salt, and pepper.
  • Chill the cheese and tomato mixtures separately until ready to serve.
  • When ready to serve, assemble the crostini by spooning approximately 1-2 Tablespoons of the cheese mixture on each crostini. Then add 1-2 Tablespoons of the tomato mixture. Repeat with all crostini pieces.
  • Sprinkle the crostini with the lemon zest and additional basil if desired. Serve immediately.

Notes

Learn how to make the base crostini here!
To ensure a truly vegetarian dish, make sure you are using vegetarian cheeses.
Use a microplane to zest a lemon. I use mine all the time for zesting and cheese grating. Get a microplane here!
Fresh corn always taste best in recipes like this, but if it is out of season or not convenient, you can easily swap out frozen corn.  Just thaw and drain the corn, then proceed as directed.  Canned corn could also work however I recommend frozen because the canned liquid alters the flavor of the corn.