Monday, September 24, 2007

Tri-Colored Crostinis with Arugula Pesto, Bruschetta al Pomodoro, and Squash Blossom Ricotta

The greenness of the arugula pesto was a perfect chance to play around a little with color. And since I was making Italian, how 'bout something with the colors of the Italian flag? :) Crostinis (Italian little toasts) or canapes don't have to be elaborate. A quick schmear of whatever you have on hand and you'll still have a pretty plate of appetizers. (Did you like how I used Italian and Yiddish in one paragraph? :) Hehe. ) Tri-Colored Crostinis with Arugula Pesto, Bruschetta al Pomodoro, and Squash Blossom Ricotta I only made this one plate of crostinis so you'd obviously need a lot more if you're planning a party. Otherwise, you'll need: 1 loaf of bread, sliced and toasted Arugula pesto Bruschetta al pomodoro (tomato bruschetta) 2 tablespoons of ricotta 1 squash blossom, chopped finely Prosciutto, if you wish A dash of salt Slice loaf of bread on the diagonal and toast the bread. Drizzle with a bit of olive oil if you wish. Set aside. If you've made the arugula, or basil pesto, then spread some on the toast now and you'll have this. If you don't have squash blossoms, you can just make white crostinis with plain ricotta and a dash of salt. I mixed in finely chopped squash blossoms with a few spoonfuls of ricotta cheese and a bit of salt. Spread on more toast points. Or add a few strips of prosciutto if you wish for more flavor. I made a quickie bruschetta al pomodoro with grape tomatoes, garlic, basil, olive oil, salt, and freshly ground black pepper, but you can make my full regular recipe for bruschetta if you wish. Arrange on a plate. Enjoy! My squash blossoms recipes: Bong Bi Nhoi Tom Chien (Vietnamese Shrimp-Stuffed Deep-fried Squash Blossoms) Crostinis with Arugula Pesto, Bruschetta al Pomodoro, and Squash Blossom Ricotta Deep-fried Squash Blossoms Deep-fried Squash Blossoms Stuffed with Basil and Cottage Cheese Ravioli with Basil, Squash Blossoms, and Ricotta Sauteed Squash Blossoms Squash Blossom Omelet Squash Blossom and Prosciutto Pizza Squash Blossom Quesadilla


  1. mmm i could totally go for some pesto and bruschetta right now. i cant wait to go home next weekend so i can be FED!

  2. I really want to come over tyo your place for these nibbles!

  3. Lil' sis,
    I'm still "feeding" you from far away!

    You're welcome to come at any time. :)

  4. These look sooo good! My mouth is watering! Mmmmm! And more squash blossoms too!

  5. W&S,
    Hehe, this really wasn't a "squash blossom" recipe per se. Just a way to use them up! :)

  6. Jeannie,
    Heh, yeah, because I'm sooo Italian. ;)


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