Living in Italian: Roasted Cherries & Fresh Ricotta
Cherries are a staple in Italian cuisine from Amarena, Maraschino and even to brandied cherries! This recipe channels the annual cherry festival of Puglia in June. Roasting cherries enhances the sweet flavor and pairing with fresh ricotta or mascarpone balances sweet and savory notes reminiscent of summertime in Southern Italy. Crostini serve as the perfect vehicle for this show stopping appetizer!
1 lb cherries, pitted
2-3 tbsp olive oil
Sea salt, to taste
1/2 cup fresh ricotta cheese
Limoncello or Brandy, optional
Preheat oven to 350F. Place pitted cherries on a sheet pan. Drizzle with olive oil, sea salt, limoncello or brandy if desired. Roast for 25-30 minutes
Remove cherries from oven and let the cool before coarsely chopping
Toast bread in oven for approximately 5 minutes
Spread fresh ricotta on crostini. Top with cherries
Garnish with mint and enjoy!
Catch cherries in season from end the of May to August when they are the most nutrient dense. Cherries are a great source of:
Vitamin C and antioxidants: boosts your immune system, protects against free radical damage, and help clear acne or skin blemishes by supporting collagen production for optimal skin health
Melatonin: helps lull you to sleep, an excellent low-calorie snack before bed
Fiber: ideal for optimal gut health, will keep you fuller longer and aid in weight loss