Grilled Asparagus Tartines with Fresh Ricotta, Pesto and Scallions

by on March 12, 2012

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You can’t pinch this blog – I’m wearing my St. Patrick’s Day green this week! There’s nothing especially Irish about these Grilled Asparagus Tartines with Fresh Ricotta, Pesto and Scallions, but they usher in spring with plenty of bright green color, crunchy texture and fresh flavor.

And, by the way, that’s homemade ricotta on there!

Ever since my mozzarella cheesemaking escapade I’ve been eager to try making ricotta. Everyone says it’s way better than the packaged stuff, and they were so right. The homemade ricotta actually tasted more like milk and less like salt compared to the kind I usually buy. Texture-wise, it was softer – closer to a really small-curd cottage cheese. A recipe for 5-minute ricotta I found on Serious Eats called for just milk, vinegar and salt – I couldn’t resist giving it a try. It doesn’t make much – just half a cup – but it’s enough to provide a creamy base for these terrific tartines.

This was the most fresh-tasting little sandwich snack I’ve had in a while. I made them in full sandwich size, but you could easily make a mini crostini version and serve them as green springtime appetizers. Enjoy!

Grilled Asparagus Tartines with Fresh Ricotta and Scallions

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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Amy March 12, 2012 at 1:02 pm

After watching and tasting fresh ricotta at a Nancy Silverton cooking demo, I will never buy the store bought ricotta ever again. You’re right – it doesn’t make a lot…I usually double the recipe. This looks lovely 😀


2 Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) March 12, 2012 at 2:39 pm

Can’t wait to try this in asparagus season (we’re still a couple of months away here in the Northeast). How beautifully fresh it looks!


3 Brian @ A Thought For Food March 12, 2012 at 3:23 pm

I’ve only made fresh ricotta once and it was so darn good! I love these additions here!


4 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. March 12, 2012 at 3:24 pm

what a fabulous combination!


5 Rachel (De Ma Cuisine) March 12, 2012 at 3:41 pm

These look amazing!! We’re getting asparagus in our box of produce this week. I may have to change my menu plan to include these!! Thanks for sharing!


6 Ambika March 12, 2012 at 4:52 pm

Absolutely love these tartines!! Gotto make them soon 🙂


7 Carolyn March 12, 2012 at 5:37 pm

Those look wonderful…so glad asparagus is coming into season!


8 Lannie March 12, 2012 at 6:11 pm

omg omg you just made me SO excited for april and the rest of summer.. ASPARAGUS SEASON!!! this looks so delicious!! gorgeous colors in your photos.


9 Russell at Chasing Delicious March 12, 2012 at 7:22 pm

My oh my this looks scrumptious! My kind of lunch for sure. Yum!


10 Tiffany March 12, 2012 at 8:53 pm

I love asparagus and after making ricotta cheese cupcakes, I believe I have stumbled upon another tasty recipe! Love the contrast — really shows the natural freshness.


11 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen March 13, 2012 at 12:36 am

Those just say springtime! Yum.


12 Danguole March 13, 2012 at 12:43 pm

This looks amazing! Making ricotta is definitely on my to-do list.


13 brandi March 22, 2012 at 6:00 am

fresh ricotta is so delicious! this looks like the perfect light spring lunch


14 katie March 22, 2012 at 6:53 am

YUM! This says springtime all over it. I must make these asap!


15 Robert Richards Recipes April 5, 2012 at 9:44 am

Now this recipe excites me a lot! I’m gonna have to make it this coming weekend for sure.


16 Feast on the Cheap April 5, 2012 at 3:18 pm

Oooh, what a fresh app! I love this.


17 Des June 12, 2013 at 9:37 pm

YUM! These look fantastic. Ryan doesn’t really like asparagus but I bet he would like them after this 🙂
Des´s last blog post ..Caramelized French Onion Dip Burger


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