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Asparagus Pesto Crostini

by on April 16, 2012 · 6 comments

Asparagus Pesto Crostini Recipe

We would put money on the fact that any day, if you were to open our refrigerator, you would absolutely see ricotta cheese. We’ve used ricotta more times than we can count … it’s absolutely perfect when you add it to store bought pasta sauce, by the way.

Since we had some on hand, it wasn’t much of a jump for us to put this little appetizer together. It takes just about 20 minutes and not a lot of fuss at all.

Tender Asparagus. What You Might Be Missing

Most asparagus we buy at the store have pretty thick, woody stalks. We like our asparagus tender and those thick, woody stalks don’t really help us with that.

The answer?

Peel them. Just run a vegetable peeler down each stalk before cooking and you’ll be on your way to some seriously tender asparagus.

Use a vegetable peeler to peel the outer stalk if stalks are thick and/or woody. If you find thin asparagus stalks, there is no need to peel.

Roast Asparagus in 15 Minutes

Roasting asparagus is easy. Toss them with olive oil, salt and pepper then bake in a hot oven. We go for 400 degrees.

You’ll know they’re ready when the tips just begin to brown.

Oven roasted asparagus only takes 15 minutes.

Shortcut. Buy Pesto At the Store

You can get these little toasts ready in minutes. Smear a generous helping of ricotta cheese on lightly toasted bread– and maybe steal a spoonful for yourself. Then, grab a jar of pesto and add a dollop on top of the cheese. That adds serious flavor — garlic, basil and parmesan…yum!

Place a couple asparagus spears on top and you have one fabulous appetizer.

Buy prepared pesto from the store for an awesome flavor-packed shortcut.

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A simple appetizer of lightly toasted bread smeared with ricotta cheese and topped with a little dab of basil pesto and roasted asparagus.

When you buy your asparagus, look for bunches that have thinner stalks, if you can only find thick-stalked asparagus, use a vegetable peeler to peel away the outer layer of asparagus as this can be a bit tough. As for the pesto, we use a store-bought basil pesto, usually found by the canned tomatoes or in the refrigerated section where fresh pastas are sold.
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Yield: 4-6
You Will Need
  • 1 bunch asparagus
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 loaf French bread, cut on diagonal into 1/2-inch slices
  • 3/4 cup ricotta cheese
  • 4 tablespoons basil pesto
Directions
  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper.
  2. Cut about 3/4 of an inch from the bottom of each asparagus stalk to remove the tough ends and discard. Then, cut asparagus into 2-inch long pieces. Add to baking sheet and toss with olive oil, salt and a generous sprinkle of freshly ground black pepper. Bake 15-20 minutes until tender.
  3. Just before serving, add bread slices to a clean baking sheet and bake in the oven 2-4 minutes until they begin to toast around the edges. Remove then smear ricotta cheese onto each slice. Spread about 1 teaspoon of pesto over the cheese and top with a few pieces of roasted asparagus.
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6 Comments

1 Nancy Long April 16, 2012 at 5:08 pm

Yummm and it’s one of our fav veggies

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2 inspiredtaste April 22, 2012 at 3:43 pm

 Ours, too!

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3 Elen Grey April 17, 2012 at 9:47 pm

Mercy! I’m printing this off as I’m posting the commenting. We are huge fans of roasted asparagus at Casa Elen. Can’t wait to try this, but asparagus hasn’t really arrived in our neck of Canadaland yet. :-)

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4 Kevin (Closet Cooking) April 18, 2012 at 9:35 pm

That asparagus crostini is looking good!

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5 inspiredtaste April 22, 2012 at 3:43 pm

 Thanks Kevin!

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6 PointCom June 4, 2012 at 5:15 pm

Asparagus never looked so good!

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