The Most Foolproof Valentine's Menu

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Bruschetta with Ricotta, Honey and Lemon Zest
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Serves 8 to 10 as a pre-dinner treat

1 medium loaf crusty Italian bread, cut into 3/4-inch ... more 
Photo by: Sarah Shatz
Bruschetta with Ricotta, Honey and Lemon Zest
Save and print the recipe on Food52.

Serves 8 to 10 as a pre-dinner treat

1 medium loaf crusty Italian bread, cut into 3/4-inch slices on the diagonal
Good olive oil
1 fat clove garlic, peeled and cut in half
2 cups high quality, whole milk ricotta
Maldon sea salt or kosher salt
Honey
2 lemons

1. Set a grill pan over medium-high heat or turn on your broiler. Brush both sides of each slice of bread lightly with olive oil. Put the bread under the broiler or on the grill pan & cook until slightly charred on each side, 1-2 minutes per side.
2. Rub the warm bread lightly on one side with the cut garlic clove. To the same side, add a generous smear of ricotta, drizzle with olive oil & sprinkle with salt. Drizzle honey over each & use a fine grater to shower lemon zest on top. Serve immediately. less 
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Mon, Feb 11, 2013 3:58 PM EST

Preparing a Valentine's Day dinner can seem daunting, especially for someone who's not so comfortable in the kitchen. But if you can chop, mash, stir, and spread ricotta on toast, you can pull off this menu. Each dish is a take-your-time dish, a kind dish, a forgiving dish -- all while staying impressive, elegant, and confidently simple.

Dust off your stove. Warm up your oven. And if all goes wrong, there's always champagne.

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