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


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  3. Donna Ford

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

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

  5. Simple and so elegant! Perfect party food, or dinner for me 🙂 Gorgeous presentation, Viviane!

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

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

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

    • 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!

  9. 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!

  10. What a gourmet crostini! I love that smoked salt.

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

  13. 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 😉

  14. 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.

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

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

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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 🙂

    • 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 🙂

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

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