Honey Roasted Plums and Ricotta Crostini


The world of people is (sorta) broken up into two types: the snackers and the meal-eaters. You know what I’m talking about. Like, they don’t eat three meals a day like normal people, instead they just snack all day long and maybe have a one full meal sprinkled somewhere in between a ton of snacks.

They’ll start the day with coffee and a few pieces of turkey bacon and then around 11am they’ll have a few handfuls of granola or maybe a small bowl of oatmeal. At 1pm they might have some tea and too many Cheez-its. They might even feel Cheez-it-full. (That’s totally a thing.) And then when 3pm rolls around they’ll have their afternoon coffee and some sort of coffee cake/scone situation. They might have a full dinner that night…or not. They might just decide to snack some more.

I used to think those people were psychos. I was strictly a meal person, no snacks! Ever! And then something happened. I dunno if it was the whole small plate trend that’s everywhere or what, but now I’m totally a snack person. I’m super into the whole idea of eating a little bit of lots of things. More variety. More exploration. Makes for a more exciting life, I think.

Snacks are very cool.

This honey roasted plum situation just made its way into my favorite snack category.

Plums begin by being casually drizzled with a combination of extra-virgin olive oil and honey. There’s a few dashes of salt and a sprig of fresh rosemary.

The plums bake in the oven for about 15 minutes, until they’re just tender and juicy.

Seek out good quality ricotta. Good ricotta is good. Bad, super cheap ricotta is inedible. Get good bread, too. Life is too short to eat terrible bread.

The ricotta is thickly spread on olive oil grilled bread. The warm plums are arranged on top and then lastly, the lemon zest. Oh the lemon zest! So important.

I used a vegetable peeler to slice the zest into big wedges. I then took a sharp knife and sliced it super thin.

You could call this an appetizer. Or a snack. Your choice. Snack person? Or meal person? Tell me!

Honey Roasted Plums Ricotta Crostini

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6 plums
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespooons extra-virgin olive oil, plus 1 teaspoon
1 sprig of fresh rosemary
1/2 cup ricotta
8 slices of good quality bread
1/2 lemon’s zest, thinly sliced

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Slice plums in half and extract the seeds. Place the plums cut side up on a baking sheet. In a small bowl, mix together the honey and olive oil until combined. Pour over plums casually. Sprinkle rosemary and a few pinches of salt on the plums. Transfer them to the oven and bake until they’re slightly tender and release some juice, about 15 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, heat a grill pan over moderately high heat. Brush the pan with olive oil and grill bread until toasted on both sides. Allow the plums to cool slightly and cut them into 1/4-inch slices. Scoop a tablespoon of ricotta onto each piece of bread, spreading it evenly. Top with a few slices of sliced lemon zest.

Inspired by Martha Stewart

Yields 8 crostinis

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  • Reply Sarah June 18, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    These look absolutely divine! I don’t normally like plums , but I could definitely get into these. Thank you for so generously sharing! I had featured U in the post ofTop 7 Popular and Tempting Appetizers on AllFreshRecipes. Looking forward to ur updating diches!

  • Reply Anne H September 25, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Just wanted to write and say that I planned to make these for a brunch I hosted the other week, but I waited too long to buy my ingredients and the plums were all rock hard. So I picked up a couple peaches at the farmer’s market instead, sliced them up, and roasted them with just a little olive oil, rosemary, and salt as you do here. I sweetened the ricotta a bit with some honey and lemon zest. Anyway – i served them as a little appetizer and they were a HUGE, HUGE hit. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Reply Adrianna September 25, 2012 at 4:12 pm

      That sounds awesome! Glad it worked out!

  • Reply Mike September 20, 2012 at 8:27 am

    Made this for dinner last night for just myself, so it was a perfect meal (with a bottle of wine). I then brought the leftovers in to work for a lovely morning snack (makes a nice bistro-style savorying brunchy yummy type food), and they were a HIT. Meal, snack, breakfast, lunch: this one is a winner all around! Super easy to make too.

    I got my plums at the co-op . . . If I couldn’t get them at the co-op this was never gonna happen. I have really bad luck with big grocery store stone fruits. I was suprised to see the co-op still had plums in season!

    • Reply Adrianna September 20, 2012 at 4:29 pm

      YAY! And yes, plums are still lingering, for sure. They’re definitely the stone fruit that hangs around the longest. Glad you liked!

  • Reply Paula @ Vintage Kitchen September 19, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    An absolute snack person! First salty, then sweet, then spicy, then coffee, then cheesy… a big mess of foods that don´t go together
    The color of those plums is wonderful and the crostini too with ricotta. I love ricotta.

  • Reply Holly Henderson September 15, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    When I’m at work I eat ALL DAY LONG due to boredom and exhaustion. On my days off I just don’t eat that much since I’m running after small children. I thoroughly embrace the grazing situation. I just don’t think three meals a day is natural. Human beings probably ate all day long, historically, because they would not have known where their next meal was coming from or couldn’t put the leftovers in the fridge for dinner, in their lean-to on the plain. It keeps our blood sugar stable and ensures that we are never hungry enough to binge eat. I think it’s so much healthier overall. Or I could just be justifying my own habit. ; )

  • Reply meatballs & milkshakes September 14, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Yum! I love this! I do it with peaches, but I love all roasted fruit!

  • Reply Kasey September 14, 2012 at 10:23 am

    Umm…is it cool that I’m a meal AND a snack person? I eat my 3 meals, but I also have a few snacks in between 😉 This looks like it could be a delicious meal OR snack.

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