Bruschetta makes for a quick, easy and delicious appetizer. This Roasted Tomato Bruschetta with Ricotta and Pancetta features amazing roasted tomatoes that when eaten, burst with an acidic flavor that perfectly compliments the creaminess of the ricotta and the saltiness of the crispy pancetta. We recommend this recipe become a staple for your holiday celebrations, as it's a crowd pleaser and simple to double or even triple when entertaining.
- 10 ounces multicolored cherry tomatoes
- 2 garlic cloves, thickly sliced
- 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
- Kosher salt
- 4 slices of pancetta, thinly sliced
- 16-32 small sage leaves
- 1 pound fresh ricotta cheese
- 8 slices of country bread, cut 1/4-inch thick and toasted
- Flaky sea salt, for serving
How to Make
STEP 1: Preheat the oven to 325°. In a bowl, toss the tomatoes with the garlic and 1 tablespoon of the olive oil; season with kosher salt and pepper. Transfer the tomatoes to one side of a parchment-lined baking sheet and lay the pancetta slices out on the other side. Bake for 25 minutes, until the pancetta is crisp.
STEP 2: Transfer the pancetta to paper towels to drain, then crumble.
Roast the tomatoes for about 10 more minutes, until bursting and lightly caramelized. Transfer the tomatoes and any rendered fat from the pancetta to a bowl.
STEP 3: Meanwhile, in a small skillet, heat the remaining 1/4 cup of olive oil over moderately high heat. Add the sage and fry until bright green and crisp, 30 to 45 seconds. Drain the sage on paper towels; reserve the oil for another use.
STEP 4: Spread the ricotta on the toasts and top with the tomatoes and crumbled pancetta. Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with sea salt and pepper and top the toasts with 2-4 sage leaves. Serve immediately.
Recipe by Susan Spungen.