Roasted Grape Ricotta Crostinis with Rosemary and Pinenuts

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Roasted Grape Ricotta Crostinis with Rosemary and Pinenuts // www.acozykitchen.com

The summer heat has hit Los Angeles and all I want to do is turn up the AC ’til it’s totally freezing, curl up in bed and watch Breaking Bad, but I can’t…because I don’t have AC, so basically I’m dying. A lot of people think Los Angeles is this smoldering, super hot place, but it’s actually fairly mild. Like, the winters are cold and the summers are summery, yes, but the nights get chilly. I likez it.

This whole week people have been freaking about Miley Cyrus; but for me it’s been all about grapes. Sorry Miley and your stupid tongue. Also, those big mascots scared me.

Grapes. They’re in fashion.

Roasted Grape Ricotta Crostinis with Rosemary and Pinenuts // www.acozykitchen.com

This is one of those “assembly-only” recipes that I tend to enjoy when it’s too hot to think and I’m being particularly lazy. A cookbook should come out that’s called “LAZY ‘RECIPES.’” I’d buy it.

If you’ve never roasted grapes you got to get on this train. They’re amazing roasted. Some fruit I think is better in their normal state but grapes are heavenly when touched with some heat. And it doesn’t hurt if there’s a good amount of black pepper, olive oil, salt and rosemary, too.

Roasted Grape Ricotta Crostinis with Rosemary and Pinenuts // www.acozykitchen.com

When these piping hot grapes exited the oven, I immediately smothered some ricotta on toasted bread, topped them with a sprinkling of toasted pine nuts and drizzled honey on ‘em like I was Basquiat.

Look at that drizzle! I’m an artist. Sorta.

Roasted Grape Ricotta Crostinis with Rosemary and Pinenuts // www.acozykitchen.com

Roasted Grape Ricotta Crostinis with Rosemary and Pinenuts

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1 pound seedless grapes (I used crimson grapes)
3 tablespoons olive oil
Sea salt
Freshly ground pepper
1/2 lemon
2 rosemary sprigs
Bread of choice (I used a sourdough boule), toasted and sliced
1/2 cup fresh ricotta
1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
Good-quality honey

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. In a shallow 8 x 8 baking dish, mix together the grapes, olive oil, sea salt, pepper, juice from 1/2 lemon and rosemary. Transfer to the oven for 10-12 minutes and until the skins are slightly puckered. Remove and set aside.

2. To assemble the crostinis, smear each toasted bread slice with about 2 to 3 tablespoons of ricotta. Spoon warm grapes onto each piece of toast, sprinkle pine nuts atop and finish with a drizzle of honey.

Makes 6 toasts (depending on how big your bread is)

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Belinda @themoonblushbaker August 28, 2013 at 1:52 am

I am so over the miley cyrus thing. Really get over it, she has done it and now she can deal with the fall out.
Roasting Red grapes has to one of favourite sweet pizza toppings, as unconventional as it is. It reminds me of figs but sweeter. This sounds like heavily topping for these little toasties. I am still wondering why I have not try this earlier? Lovely recipe!

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Sarah | The Sugar Hit August 28, 2013 at 3:02 am

Umm, YUM! Sweet grapes and ricotta on toast? Yes.all the yes.

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Elisa @ Insalata di Sillabe August 28, 2013 at 3:10 am

Never thought of pairing ricotta cheese with roasted grapes but now that you’ve introduced me to it, it couldn’t seem righter! Can’t wait to try this out, it will be an amazing and new appetizer for our Friday night get-togethers!

xo, Elisa

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Tieghan August 28, 2013 at 5:16 am

I have never roast grapes, but now I want to!! These look so pretty and just awesome!

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Kinsey August 28, 2013 at 6:27 am

Yum! I made a grape and ricotta pizza with black pepper and honey a few months ago, and I think I’ll have to give it a try when I’m not in the mood to make pizza dough. Thank you!

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Stephanie August 28, 2013 at 7:06 am

The grapes look great, but I am DYING over that bread.. look at the beautiful holes. I should have never started reading this while eating a piece of sort-of-stale whole wheat bread.

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Sophie August 28, 2013 at 7:11 am

I’m so sorry you don’t have AC! We just started watching New Girl (we’re a little, little late…..) and for some reason I thought it was set in NYC. And we were like a) why are they driving? and b) why is it Thanksgiving but no one is wearing a coat? And then we realized: California. Then I got weirded out by the fake turkey they used as a prop in that episode which should have weighed about 40 pounds but looked like it was made of hollow plastic. Wha?

Zooey Deschanel should have served these toasts in that episode! These are much simpler than turkey and obviously so pretty and would have impressed her crush! :) Great flavor combinations girl! Love your ideaz.

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Marie @ Little Kitchie August 28, 2013 at 7:43 am

How gorgeous are these?! Want, want!

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Laura (Tutti Dolci) August 28, 2013 at 9:10 am

Gorgeous, in love with that honey drizzle!

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Ashley - Baker by Nature August 28, 2013 at 9:48 am

Laying in bed (in the AC) and watching breaking bad is pretty much my life. Must add these crostinis to the mix!

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michelle August 28, 2013 at 9:53 am

ooh this looks manageable to me by my own standards. :) i hate recipes that require like 20 ingredients and 30 steps to cook and your recipes always look manageable to non-chefs like us. :)

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Rachel August 28, 2013 at 10:25 am

I just recently made homemade ricotta for the first time and have been looking for snacks I can make with it! These crostini are perfect.

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Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe August 28, 2013 at 10:49 am

I just got my hands on the first three seasons of Breaking Bad. I need to see what the buzz is all about! I pretty much love everything on toasted bread and could totally get down with this ricotta/roasted grape combo. Delish!

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Adrianna Adarme August 28, 2013 at 10:57 am

You’re gonna be obsessed.

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Sam August 29, 2013 at 9:10 am

Beautiful!

A place called Pies and Pints just opened up near my house, and their signature pizza is roasted grape, gorgonzola and fresh rosemary. I wanted to try to make my own, because this combo sounds amazing. Your recipe sounds just as great! :)

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joelle (on a pink typewriter) August 29, 2013 at 10:42 am

Totally thought those grapes were kidney beans when I saw your Insta, and was grossed out………… but now that I know they’re grapes? Game changer- yum!

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Cookie and Kate August 29, 2013 at 1:05 pm

Roasted grapes are so good! I haven’t had them since last fall. Looks like ricotta-smothered crostini is the perfect vehicle for them.

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Christine August 31, 2013 at 2:54 pm

These look delicious! I haven’t tried roasting grapes but will when it cools down. And paired with ricotta and toast, yum. Can’t believe you turned on the oven. Living in LA also, my white box of heat doesn’t get any action from June through Halloween and then some. Can’t believe you don’t have AC, you poor thing!

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