6 Recipes to Ring in the New Year on a Budget

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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, sliced

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Photo by: Sarah Shatz
Bruschetta with Ricotta, Honey and Lemon Zest

Save and print the full recipe on Food52.

Serves 8 to 10 as a pre-dinner treat

1 medium loaf crusty Italian bread, sliced
Good olive oil
1 fat clove garlic, peeled and cut in half
2 cups whole milk ricotta
Maldon sea salt
Honey
2 lemons

1. Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat, or turn on your broiler. Brush both sides of each bread slice with olive oil. Put the bread to the grill or griddle, and cook until slightly charred on each side, about 2 minutes per side. Rub the toasted sliced on one side with the cut side of the garlic clove.

2. To the side rubbed with garlic, smear with ricotta, then drizzle with olive oil & sprinkle with salt. Drizzle honey over each bruschetta & use a fine microplane to grate lemon zest over top. Serve immediately.

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