Ricotta and Oven-Dried Tomato Crostini

Ricotta and Oven-Dried Tomato CrostiniThanks to my mom’s new tomato garden, Matt and I have had more tomatoes sitting around our apartment than we know what to do with. I know, such a tough problem to have…

Matt had the idea to keep our cherry tomatoes from going bad by oven-drying them. The idea is that you put the oven on at a very low temperature – somewhere around 200°F – while they shrivel and intensify in flavor. They turn out like juicer versions of a sun-dried tomatoes.

You could simply pop these oven-dried tomatoes like candy (which was very tempting), or even freeze them to enjoy in the winter months (but good luck on getting them to last until then). Instead, inspired by the fava and ricotta crostini we had at Terroir, we enjoyed them over bread smeared with homemade ricotta.

Discovering Serious Eats’ method for Fresh Ricotta in Five Minutes has been a life-changer. I won’t go through the details here because their article is quite extensive, but its incredibly easy and just requires milk, vinegar, and a microwave. The result is mild and creamy, which is the perfect base for the sweet tomatoes.

Ricotta and Oven-Dried Tomato Crostini

Ingredients (6 crostinis)

  • 2-3 cups cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • 3/4 cup ricotta cheese
  • 6 thin baguette slices
  • Chives, chopped finely

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 250°F. Lightly coat the tomatoes in olive oil and salt, and lay them out on a single layer on a large sheet pan. Roast for approximately 6 hours, or until almost dried out but still retaining a little moisture. (The exact amount of time will depend on the type of tomatoes used.)

Ricotta and Oven-Dried Tomato Crostini

Toast the bread slices and spread a generous layer of ricotta on each. Top with the tomatoes, flaky sea salt, and chopped chives. Drizzle with additional olive oil and serve immediately.

How do you use up your summer tomatoes?

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  • yummychunklet

    Very tasty looking photos!

  • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

    I had no idea about this- what a clever idea!

    We have an abundance of tomatoes from our CSA- I’ve been adding them to EVERYTHING! I did see these 2 tart recipes I hope to make, if you’re looking for ideas! http://www.thetomatotart.com/recipe/the-tomato-tart-off-round-one-maggys-goat-cheese-tart-vs-sabrinas-mediterranean-galette/

    • http://www.culinarycolleen.com/ Colleen

      Oh wow, those look amazing. Thanks for the idea! I think I actually have tart dough sitting in my freezer right now…

  • DeliciousDish

    This could easily become my favorite snack. I love oven-dried tomatoes.

  • http://indulgeinspireimbibe.blogspot.com/ Daisy

    this is such a great idea. gorgeous tomatoes!

  • Jenica Shipley

    I’m not a huge fan of sun dried tomatoes, but I must say, these pictures are making my mouth water.

  • http://twitter.com/MichellePC Michelle Collins

    I just Pinned this not even realizing it was your recipe – it looks fantastic, and I’ll have to try that ricotta recipe.

  • http://www.sweetlyserendipity.com Taryn Collins

    This looks delightful! My mom brings me regular loads of tomatoes from her garden too, so it’s always fun to figure out what to do with them. I love this idea, and will have to give it a try!

  • http://twitter.com/TraveleatloveMM Meghan M.

    I am SO oven drying tomatoes this weekend! That is such a good idea.

  • http://www.acambridgestory.com Emily

    ooh I really want to try oven-drying!! Sounds delicious.

  • http://twitter.com/tri2cook Shannon G

    this looks absolutely incredible!! i keep eating the cherry tomatoes from my one plant, but if you ever need help with your mom’s, i’m not too far away 🙂

  • http://freefoodboston.wordpress.com/ Elizabeth

    Those tomatoes look succulent. I could make a meal out of this

  • Joanne (eats well with others)

    You definitely put those tomatoes to PERFECT use! Nothing like some super intense oven-dried tomatoes and some creamy delicious ricotta to make the world taste right.



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