There’s been a bit of a stir lately with the influx of so-called “fancy-toast” and after giving this version a try, you’ll understand why. While you won’t need any crazy, exotic ingredients, you’ll be amazed at how using a few simple, high-quality elements and minimal extra effort can transform some bread into an extraordinary dish.
Perfect for a quiet, lazy weekend breakfast or part of a larger Spring brunch spread, these Grapefruit & Honey Ricotta Toasts are an irresistible savory sweet combination.
While Spring is a great time for seasonal fruits, early Spring is also a time when late winter fruits such grapefruit can still really shine. Deep red or pink and very juicy, grapefruit is the perfect pairing to creamy ricotta that has been whipped up with some lemon and honey giving it an almost cheesecake like flavor.
Lightly broiling the grapefruit right before serving brings out the fruit’s natural sweetness and gives a more mellow edge to the citrus flavor. A simple garnish of mint is all this dish needs to make it complete.
GRAPEFRUIT & HONEY RICOTTA TOAST
Time: 10 minutes
2-4 slices crusty bread (depending on size of slices)
1/3 cup ricotta cheese
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon honey, divided
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1/2 large red grapefruit
1 teaspoon mint, chopped
Pinch sea salt
Preparation: 10 minutes
- Toast bread slices lightly, 3-4 minutes and set aside.
- In a medium sized bowl, combine the ricotta cheese, 1 tablespoon honey, lemon zest and pinch of salt.
- Peel grapefruit until there is no pith (white skin) left. Using a sharp knife, cut grapefruit into segments (see a tutorial here).
- Spread a heaping tablespoon of the ricotta mix on each slice of toast. Place 2-3 grapefruit segments on each slice of toast so that it is covered but you can still see some of the ricotta.
- Drizzle the remaining honey on top of the grapefruit. Toast on the highest rack of your oven or under the broiler for 3 minutes being cautious not to burn the toast.
- Sprinkle with mint, serve and enjoy!
- If you have a few extra minutes, try whipping the ricotta mixture with a hand or stand mixer for a fluffier texture.