Honey Roasted Plums and Ricotta Crostini

in Appetizers

The world of people is (sorta) broken up into two types: the snackers and the meal-eaters. You know what I’m talking about. Like, they don’t eat three meals a day like normal people, instead they just snack all day long and maybe have a one full meal sprinkled somewhere in between a ton of snacks.

They’ll start the day with coffee and a few pieces of turkey bacon and then around 11am they’ll have a few handfuls of granola or maybe a small bowl of oatmeal. At 1pm they might have some tea and too many Cheez-its. They might even feel Cheez-it-full. (That’s totally a thing.) And then when 3pm rolls around they’ll have their afternoon coffee and some sort of coffee cake/scone situation. They might have a full dinner that night…or not. They might just decide to snack some more.

I used to think those people were psychos. I was strictly a meal person, no snacks! Ever! And then something happened. I dunno if it was the whole small plate trend that’s everywhere or what, but now I’m totally a snack person. I’m super into the whole idea of eating a little bit of lots of things. More variety. More exploration. Makes for a more exciting life, I think.

Snacks are very cool.

This honey roasted plum situation just made its way into my favorite snack category.

Plums begin by being casually drizzled with a combination of extra-virgin olive oil and honey. There’s a few dashes of salt and a sprig of fresh rosemary.

The plums bake in the oven for about 15 minutes, until they’re just tender and juicy.

Seek out good quality ricotta. Good ricotta is good. Bad, super cheap ricotta is inedible. Get good bread, too. Life is too short to eat terrible bread.

The ricotta is thickly spread on olive oil grilled bread. The warm plums are arranged on top and then lastly, the lemon zest. Oh the lemon zest! So important.

I used a vegetable peeler to slice the zest into big wedges. I then took a sharp knife and sliced it super thin.

You could call this an appetizer. Or a snack. Your choice. Snack person? Or meal person? Tell me!

Honey Roasted Plums Ricotta Crostini

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6 plums
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespooons extra-virgin olive oil, plus 1 teaspoon
1 sprig of fresh rosemary
Salt
1/2 cup ricotta
8 slices of good quality bread
1/2 lemon’s zest, thinly sliced

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Slice plums in half and extract the seeds. Place the plums cut side up on a baking sheet. In a small bowl, mix together the honey and olive oil until combined. Pour over plums casually. Sprinkle rosemary and a few pinches of salt on the plums. Transfer them to the oven and bake until they’re slightly tender and release some juice, about 15 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, heat a grill pan over moderately high heat. Brush the pan with olive oil and grill bread until toasted on both sides. Allow the plums to cool slightly and cut them into 1/4-inch slices. Scoop a tablespoon of ricotta onto each piece of bread, spreading it evenly. Top with a few slices of sliced lemon zest.

Inspired by Martha Stewart

Yields 8 crostinis

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Nicole September 10, 2012 at 12:45 am

Definitely a snack person, or, as my mom likes to call it, “grazing.” Makes me sound like a deer.

P.S. This looks amazing. Adding to the bookmarks. :)

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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar September 10, 2012 at 3:46 am

This is a great recipe for girls night! Love it!

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Melissa | Being a Bear September 10, 2012 at 4:46 am

Snack person all the way. My husband and I are actually having trouble transitioning into married life (still, after a year) solely because he’s a three-large-meals person and I want to graze – so, at dinnertime, he wants a big meal but I just want to nibble on something to top off the tank and then call it a day. We can’t figure out how to have family mealtime without me ending up thanksgiving-full or him leaving the table hungry. I’m sure we’ll figure it out by our 5th anniversary….

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ritika September 18, 2012 at 3:59 am

oh Melissa, i have been married for 5 years, and i am still the compulsive snacker and he still the big meal guy, there’s really no middle path or is there?

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Lyndsey September 10, 2012 at 6:26 am

Snack during the week, meals on the weekends. When I’m at my desk all day (doin’ graphic design shiz), I need to take mental breaks between projects, and with those mental breaks comes…FOOD. I take too many breaks to have a meal every time, thus they have to be snacks! I drink green tea all day, and snacks include yogurt, trail mix, NutThins Smokehouse crackers (a new favorite, I could easily eat a whole box), and beef jerky. On the weekends I like staying in my pajamas because I can get away with it (it’s against the dress code at work for some reason…), and being in the kitchen is super fun in pajamas, so that’s when I’m creative and make all kinds of meals. Also, eating alone or by myself usually determines the extent of my eating (if my boyfriend is there, bigger meals are worth it to me, but if it’s just me, sometimes I don’t want to bother with a lot and either snack or find leftovers).

This was probably way more info than you needed.

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Margherita September 10, 2012 at 7:29 am

OMG, roasted plums are my latest obsession. I just keep trying different recipes every other day. Can’t really wait to try out yours!

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christin September 10, 2012 at 7:34 am

I’m a bit of both as I don’t like to discriminate when it comes to food but I’m more of a snacker and these need to be made on the ASAP…

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Carrie | acookgrowsinbrooklyn September 10, 2012 at 9:22 am

I like a meal-snack sandwich. The top and bottom meals, breakfast and dinner, are always full-on meals, but the middle of the day is filled with snacks. Bites of whatever is in my fridge or pantry. These crostini sound and look sweet and savory and creamy and crunchy in all the right places.

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Christina September 10, 2012 at 9:38 am

I’m more of a meal person during the week and a snacker on weekends, especially Saturdays when there’s tailgating to be done!

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Val @ Bonbon Break September 10, 2012 at 9:57 am

Oooh these look heavenly. What a great flavor combination! I just picked up a half flat of plums so this will be perfect!! Thank you for the inspiration an your photos are gorgeous.

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LeAnnWoo September 10, 2012 at 10:17 am

I never thought of myself as either until you said something. I’m a small meal person through the day. I guess that makes me a snack person. And I didn’t even have dinner last night. I had a snack instead. So yes, I’m a snack person.

Tea this morning with a few graham crackers with peanut butter and banana slices.

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Eileen September 10, 2012 at 11:20 am

Well, this is exactly the kind of snacky bite I’d eat for my actual lunch, so…I’m both a snack and a meal person, I guess. :) Looks amazing!

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erin @ yummy supper September 10, 2012 at 12:31 pm

Adrianna, Count me amongst the snacker type. Life’s too short to only eat 3 times a day:)

I could eat those crostini for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or anytime in between.

xo
E

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Christina @ The Beautiful Balance September 10, 2012 at 12:57 pm

Seriously, is there anything better than stone fruit? I love this combination, and love that you added rosemary for a different twist.

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Katie @ Blonde Ambition September 10, 2012 at 2:03 pm

I think I’m a meal person during the week, then Friday-Sunday it’s snacks all the way! Or, agh, I don’t know. I just love eating. Sigh.

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Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking September 10, 2012 at 3:32 pm

Gorgeous!!! I was totally a meal person until recently too! Now I am all about granola, pop chips, random crostinis. The list goes on! I can’t wait to add this to my snacking cycle.

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Sophie September 10, 2012 at 3:48 pm

Life is too short to eat terrible bread… I soooo agree with you! Life is too short to eat terrible anything. Let’s all eat delicious snacks all day long!

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Megan @ girl by the lake September 10, 2012 at 3:53 pm

I really like the look of these crostinis! I’ve never thought to roast plums before, so thank you for opening my mind to a world of possibilities (as plums are probably my favorite stone fruit).

Great post!

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Jen @ Savory Simple September 10, 2012 at 5:02 pm

I am more of a snacker, though I love a good meal. I could certainly eat a meals worth of these.

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Alex September 10, 2012 at 5:27 pm

I’m definitely both – it depends on the day and the time I have, most of the times. I just love ricotta cheese: I often say you can’t go wrong with ricotta! [Ricotta pancakes suddenly came into my mind... yummy!]

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Margarita September 10, 2012 at 9:54 pm

I am all about bread, cheese, and fruit together! But never have I thought of putting together these ingredients and the lemon wedges! I love it! I am a breakfast and dinner gal… Lunch is pretty much divvying up snackies from 10:45-3:00… I teach at a high school and lunch is at 10:45, I don’t wanna eat a big lunch that early. My stomach can’t handle it. So snacking throughout is the solution… Keeps me awake during fourth hour too!

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Julia {The Roasted Root} September 10, 2012 at 11:37 pm

Everything about this appetizer is very appealing to me! The sweet tart plumbs with with creamy ricotta and crunchy bread….and drizzled with honey!? Addicting!

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thecitygourmand September 11, 2012 at 4:49 am

I appreciate your generosity of ricotta here…i hear ya!

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Annalise September 11, 2012 at 7:53 am

Love everything about this. Simple. Gorgeous.

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Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe September 11, 2012 at 10:52 am

Snacks ARE very cool. Especially this one, yum!

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sunidhi September 11, 2012 at 11:58 pm

It looks yummy. texture is very good and mouth watering . definitely i will try this and let u know. thanks for this lovely post…

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Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau September 12, 2012 at 4:33 am

I’m totally with you on the ricotta. Once you’ve tasted good ricotta, you can’t even understand that stuff that comes out of the plastic container in one rubbery lump.

I’m a snacker in the mornings but a meal-er in the afternoons and evenings. If I don’t feel like I had a real lunch or dinner, I devolve into eating entire jars of Biscoff.

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Brittany September 12, 2012 at 9:11 am

I’m totally a snacker, and these just moved to the top of my to-snack-on list!!

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Nicole @ Hourglass&Bloom September 12, 2012 at 10:59 am

These look SO good – I could live on crostini, and these certainly are added to my list!!

xo
Nicole
http://www.hourglassandbloom.wordpress.com

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Stacy September 14, 2012 at 8:49 am

I am a three-meal-a-day lady, but I love snacks. I also think that food of the snack variety makes an excellent dinner — such as this! You just can’t go wrong with things on toast.

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Stacy September 14, 2012 at 8:49 am

I am a three-meal-a-day lady, but I love snacks. I also think that food of the snack variety makes an excellent dinner — such as this! You just can’t go wrong with things on toast.

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Kasey September 14, 2012 at 10:23 am

Umm…is it cool that I’m a meal AND a snack person? I eat my 3 meals, but I also have a few snacks in between ;) This looks like it could be a delicious meal OR snack.

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meatballs & milkshakes September 14, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Yum! I love this! I do it with peaches, but I love all roasted fruit!

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Holly Henderson September 15, 2012 at 12:31 pm

When I’m at work I eat ALL DAY LONG due to boredom and exhaustion. On my days off I just don’t eat that much since I’m running after small children. I thoroughly embrace the grazing situation. I just don’t think three meals a day is natural. Human beings probably ate all day long, historically, because they would not have known where their next meal was coming from or couldn’t put the leftovers in the fridge for dinner, in their lean-to on the plain. It keeps our blood sugar stable and ensures that we are never hungry enough to binge eat. I think it’s so much healthier overall. Or I could just be justifying my own habit. ; )

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Paula @ Vintage Kitchen September 19, 2012 at 5:14 pm

An absolute snack person! First salty, then sweet, then spicy, then coffee, then cheesy… a big mess of foods that don´t go together
The color of those plums is wonderful and the crostini too with ricotta. I love ricotta.

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Mike September 20, 2012 at 8:27 am

Made this for dinner last night for just myself, so it was a perfect meal (with a bottle of wine). I then brought the leftovers in to work for a lovely morning snack (makes a nice bistro-style savorying brunchy yummy type food), and they were a HIT. Meal, snack, breakfast, lunch: this one is a winner all around! Super easy to make too.

I got my plums at the co-op . . . If I couldn’t get them at the co-op this was never gonna happen. I have really bad luck with big grocery store stone fruits. I was suprised to see the co-op still had plums in season!

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Adrianna September 20, 2012 at 4:29 pm

YAY! And yes, plums are still lingering, for sure. They’re definitely the stone fruit that hangs around the longest. Glad you liked!

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Anne H September 25, 2012 at 3:50 pm

Just wanted to write and say that I planned to make these for a brunch I hosted the other week, but I waited too long to buy my ingredients and the plums were all rock hard. So I picked up a couple peaches at the farmer’s market instead, sliced them up, and roasted them with just a little olive oil, rosemary, and salt as you do here. I sweetened the ricotta a bit with some honey and lemon zest. Anyway – i served them as a little appetizer and they were a HUGE, HUGE hit. Thanks for the inspiration!

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Adrianna September 25, 2012 at 4:12 pm

That sounds awesome! Glad it worked out!

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Sarah June 18, 2013 at 11:49 pm

These look absolutely divine! I don’t normally like plums , but I could definitely get into these. Thank you for so generously sharing! I had featured U in the post ofTop 7 Popular and Tempting Appetizers on AllFreshRecipes. Looking forward to ur updating diches!

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