Crostini with ricotta, truffle honey and smoked salts

Crostini with ricotta, truffle honey and smoked salts

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

Food & wine pairing: Off-dry or sweet Riesling with ricotta and truffle honey crostini

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An off-dry or sweet Riesling are superb with these crostini. Make sure to serve the wine not too chilled; 50°F to 55°F (10°C to 13°C) would be ideal.

Alderwood smoked sea 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 jelly roll 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.

Crostini with ricotta, truffle honey and smoked salts

hors d’oeuvre, crostini, ricotta


  • Reply Donna Ford March 1, 2013 at 9:58 am

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

  • Reply 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!

    • Reply Viviane February 25, 2013 at 8:28 am

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

  • Reply Meghan December 3, 2012 at 8:31 pm

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

  • Reply lisaiscooking November 19, 2012 at 5:03 pm

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

    • Reply Viviane November 19, 2012 at 5:14 pm

      Indeed it would Lisa!

  • Reply mjskit November 18, 2012 at 5:36 pm

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

    • Reply 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…

  • Reply November 16, 2012 at 5:15 pm

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

    • Reply 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!

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

    What a gourmet crostini! I love that smoked salt.

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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 ;)

  • Reply 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.

    • Reply Viviane October 17, 2012 at 8:17 pm

      Thank you so much Suzi!

  • Reply 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!

    • Reply Viviane October 17, 2012 at 8:17 pm

      Thank you Laurie… and enjoy the truffle honey!

  • Reply 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.

    • Reply Viviane October 17, 2012 at 2:52 pm

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

  • Reply 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.

    • Reply Viviane October 17, 2012 at 2:52 pm

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

  • Reply 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.

    • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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 :)

    • Reply 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 :-)

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

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

    • Reply 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.

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