Crostini with ricotta, truffle honey and smoked salts

October 12, 2012

Four ingredients: bread, ricotta, honey and salt – the essence of simplicity.

Let’s take that freshly baked baguette from your corner bakery, light and fluffy homemade ricotta, ambrosial truffle honey and pungent smoked salts and transform a simple dish into a celestial one.

These crostini make a superb hors d’oeuvre, but you can also serve them as a light cheese course, a prelude to dessert. Either way, they’re pure heaven to the taste buds.

On a side note, I tend to prefer white truffle honey because it has more flavor than honey infused with black truffles. Favorite brands include Gourmet Attitude and Da Rosario. As for the smoked salts, I use the extraordinarily potent smoked alderwood salt from The Filling Station. Although the company is based in NYC they do ship anywhere in the US.

You can also find truffle honey and smoked salts in gourmet and specialty food stores.

Now I’m craving one of these crostini… Off to the kitchen I go!

Alderwood smoked salts

Crostini with Ricotta, Truffle Honey and Smoked Salts

makes 16 crostini
active time: 20 min

  1. 16 baguette slices – cut on the diagonal in 1/4” thick slices
  2. 1 1/2 cups ricotta
  3. 1/4 cup white truffle honey
  4. fine smoked alderwood salts to taste
  1. 1 jellyroll pan

  1. Preheat broiler on high.
  2. Step 1: Place the bread slices on the jellyroll pan and toast under the broiler on each side until golden-brown.
  3. Step 2: Top each bread slice with 1 1/2 tablespoons of ricotta. Place the crostini on a serving platter. Drizzle each slice with a little truffle honey (about 3/4 teaspoon). Generously sprinkle the crostini with smoked salts and serve immediately, while the bread slices are still warm.

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Crostini with ricotta-truffle honey and smoked salts

Here’s another festive crostini: Fresh fig crostini with bûcheron cheese and thyme.

hors d’oeuvre, crostini, ricotta
© 2012 Viviane Bauquet Farre Food & Style NY LLC

Disclaimer: As always, my point of view is my own. I do not accept samples, and have no commercial relationship with any product, food or wine company.

{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

Anita at Hungry Couple October 12, 2012 at 9:14 am

I love the simple combination but one that hits every flavor note!


Viviane October 12, 2012 at 9:20 am

Thank you Anita! I couldn’t agree with you more… These always end up being my favorite kinds of dishes.


Kayle (The Cooking Actress) October 12, 2012 at 9:27 pm

I have never heard of truffle honey, but I LOVE truffle oil. This crostini looks absolutely gourmet and special, and also like I could eat 10 of them, in a very unsophisticated but wholely food blissed out kinda way :)


Viviane October 14, 2012 at 1:40 pm

Kayle! I have no doubt you will fall in love with truffle honey when you taste it – absolutely ambrosial! I could easily eat an entire batch of these crostini too… very, very slowly :-)


Evelyne@CheapEthnicEatz October 16, 2012 at 9:26 pm

I am really into making cheese right now…as in the middle of a recipe right now. Homemade ricotta is so perfect for this simple yet flavor packed hors d’oeuvres. Very curious about that honey.


Viviane October 17, 2012 at 2:51 pm

Hi Evelyne, I’m with you about making cheese… Once you start, you can’t stop! Thank you for stopping by.


Denise October 16, 2012 at 10:52 pm

Oh these sound heavenly! I have never tried white truffle honey,but I am sure it is incredible. The idea of sweet honey with truffle and smoked salts, which I love, sounds so intriguing I have been enjoying making ricotta this last couple of years, trying it with goat milk and cream and milk mix. I have served it on crostini with honey but your recipe elevates that snack to an elegant and unique hors d’oeuvre.


Viviane October 17, 2012 at 2:52 pm

Denise, thank you for your lovely comment. I have no doubt you’d adore truffle honey!


Deb October 16, 2012 at 11:00 pm

Oh my goodness! Four carefully curated ingredients make for a terrific treat! Just perfect for the upcoming holiday season.


Viviane October 17, 2012 at 2:52 pm

Thank you Deb! Indeed… I’m sure I’ll be serving these at Thanksgiving!


Laurie October 17, 2012 at 3:50 pm

Simple, and delicious. What could be better? Putting truffle honey on my shopping list now. Yes, I’ll be serving this shortly. Thanks!


Viviane October 17, 2012 at 8:17 pm

Thank you Laurie… and enjoy the truffle honey!


Suzi October 17, 2012 at 5:57 pm

I love the whole idea of this appetizer, just a few ingredients and quick to make. I am really intriqued with the smoked salt. I have got to look for them. Sounds wonderful Viviane.


Viviane October 17, 2012 at 8:17 pm

Thank you so much Suzi!


Gwen @SimplyHealthyFamily October 21, 2012 at 7:18 pm

I can’t decide if I’d rather eat this for breakfast, lunch or as an appetizer. I suppose I’ll have to try all 3 ;)


Liz October 21, 2012 at 9:09 pm

Simple, but quality ingredients…I need to get my hands on some truffle honey! What yummy nibbles.


Angie@Angie's Recipes October 24, 2012 at 5:43 am

What a gourmet crostini! I love that smoked salt.


Paula @ Vintage Kitchen November 10, 2012 at 6:27 am

There is something so delicious about ricotta and honey. Though I never saw truffle honey, the idea behing this crostini is amazing. So much flavor! Just wonderful Viviane!

Reply November 16, 2012 at 5:15 pm

Wow, this looks great! Where can I buy smoked salts?


Viviane November 16, 2012 at 11:04 pm

Christa, I gave a link for the smoked salts in my post. You can always try Amazon of course… And look in your nearest gourmet market. Thank you for your comment. Happy holidays!


mjskit November 18, 2012 at 5:36 pm

I think I’ll just make these for me! The family can eat turkey. :)


Viviane November 18, 2012 at 5:54 pm

Mj! I’m with you on that one… I’ll keep you company eating the crostini! Happy TG to you and yours my dear…


lisaiscooking November 19, 2012 at 5:03 pm

I just baked some sourdough baguettes, and this looks like a lovely use for them!


Viviane November 19, 2012 at 5:14 pm

Indeed it would Lisa!


Meghan December 3, 2012 at 8:31 pm

Simple and so elegant! Perfect party food, or dinner for me :) Gorgeous presentation, Viviane!


mjskit February 24, 2013 at 11:12 pm

This crostini looks delicious! So easy for the guest to handle and full of flavor – smoke and truffle! Delicious!


Viviane February 25, 2013 at 8:28 am

Mj! Thank you for your note! “smoke and truffle”… Indeed, you can’t beat that!


Donna Ford March 1, 2013 at 9:58 am

This is different. Looks delicious. Can’t wait to taste it!


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