Two-step Ricotta and Prosciutto Bruschetta Bites Recipe

Servings: 4

Time: 20 min

Diet: Not suitable for V/Veg/GF diets

Two-step Ricotta and Prosciutto Bruschetta Bites Recipe

What is bruschetta?

Bruschetta is a thick slice of grilled bread. In Mediterranean countries, bruschetta is served as a snack or starter and is most commonly infused with garlic and topped with a drizzle of olive oil, fresh tomatoes, and herbs.

Bruschetta comes from the Italian word “bruscare”, which means “to roast over coal”, referring to the bread being toasted.

Fun fact: In Tuscany, bruschetta is sometimes known as fettunta. The word is made up of “fetta”, meaning “slice”, and “unta”, meaning “oily”.  This is a plain form of bruschetta with only a drizzle of olive oil.

Bruschetta vs Crustini

The terms bruschetta and crustini refer to the size of the grilled bread. Bruschetta is generally whole, large, and wide slices of bread, while crustini is a small, round, and bite-sized version, similar to a sliced baguette.  

A low effort but impressive lunch or snack

At its core, bruschetta is a low effort and low maintenance food. Feel free to go as wild as you like with your toppings, but you equally can’t go wrong with going back to basics. In this recipe, we’ve kept it nice and simple with a few classic ingredients that complement each other perfectly. The sweetness of the ricotta cheese balances out the salty prosciutto, and the fresh herbs and olive oil garnish lock all those delicious notes together on top of the crunchy bruschetta, giving an incredibly tasty mouthful every time.

A Real Italiano bruschetta selection

At Real Italiano, our range of bruschetta and crustini comes in mellow flavours like olive oil and something a little stronger like tomato and sweet paprika. There’s something to suit every palette and complement all your bruschetta toppings.

The Artisan Bread Company Garlic and Basil Bruschetta

 

The garlic and basil bruschetta from The Artisan Bread Company combines pungent garlic and mellow basil to create the perfect mix of Italian flavours.

The Artisan Bread Company Caramelised Onion Bruschetta

 

For something a little sweeter, the Caramelised Onion Bruschetta from The Artisan Bread Company has a delicate and sweet flavour, and it goes perfectly with tons of toppings, soups, or it can be enjoyed on its own as a healthier alternative to crisps.

Monviso Chilli Bruschetta

 

For lovers of strong and spicy flavours, the Monviso Chilli Bruschetta is a hot version of the classic. They’re great for adding a little heat to your appetisers and pair perfectly with soft cheese, cured meats and sweet vegetables.

The above bruschetta products are suitable for vegetarians, making them incredibly simple to adapt to meat-free diets.

Meat-free bruschetta

Bruschetta with mozzarella, sun-dried tomatoes and basil

Whatever your dietary needs, bruschetta and crustini are easily adaptable. For a vegetarian and vegan-friendly option, why not put a twist on the traditional tomato bruschetta? Rather than fresh cherry or plum tomatoes, top your bread bites with a couple of plant-based mozzarella slices, followed by the Organic Sun-dried Tomatoes in Oil from Bio Gustiamo. They’re packed with extra seasoning and flavour for an authentic taste, and their oil preservation means there’s no need for any additional olive oil. Garnish your bruschetta with a few fresh basil leaves and buon appetito!

Recipe

Ingredients

250g cherry or plum tomatoes, quartered

2 tbsp Casa Rinaldi Extra Virgin Olive Oil (lemon or basil)

A handful of fresh herbs such as thyme, basil, rocket or watercress

120g ricotta cheese (or plant-based alternative)

40g grated parmesan cheese (or plant-based alternative)

3 tbsp Casa Rinaldi Lemon Juice

70g The Artisan Bread Company Garlic & Basil Bruschetta

100g prosciutto

Salt

Pepper

Cooking method

1. Preheat the oven to 120°C fan/gas 1. Spread the bruschetta out onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and drizzle with 1 tbsp of olive oil (reserving the rest for later). Place the bruschetta in the oven for 10 minutes to warm them up.

2. Remove the bruschetta from the oven and arrange them on a serving board or dish. Spread each bruschetta with ricotta, followed by a slice of prosciutto, a few cherry tomato pieces, parmesan, and herbs. Once each bruschetta is assembled, drizzle them with the remaining olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Serve your warm and crispy bruschetta bites on a pleasant Spring afternoon in the garden and enjoy in traditional Mediterranean style with friends and family and a glass of crisp white wine.