Mediterranean Bruschetta

This was another recipe I made for our most recent party.  It was really good and a nice change from regular bruschettta.

(pict from Food Network)

1 (1-pound) loaf ciabatta, cut into 1-inch wide slices
1/4 cup olive oil
1 (15-ounce) container whole milk ricotta
2 large seeded and diced tomatoes
2 tablespoons finely chopped kalamata olives
3 tablespoons freshly chopped basil leaves plus whole leaves, for garnish
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 lemon
1 teaspoon dried oregano


Preheat grill to medium-high heat.

Drizzle the bread with the olive oil and place onto preheated grill. Grill until golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes per side.

In a medium bowl, combine ricotta, tomatoes, olives, basil, and salt and pepper.

Squeeze lemon over the bread. Sprinkle bread with oregano and salt and pepper, to taste.

Place ricotta mixture on top of the grilled bread, garnish with basil leaves and serve.





Lemon Curd Trifle

I made this recipe for a party and it was a big hit!!! I was running short on time so instead of making the lemon curd I used 1 box of lemon instant pudding.  I also used the Lemoncello instead of the Grand Marnier.  It was soooooo easy and turned out just like the picture!!!!

(pict from Food Network)

6 large egg yolks
1 cup sugar
4 lemons, zested and juiced
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut in chunks
1 pint fresh strawberries, stemmed and halved lengthwise
1 pint fresh blueberries
1 pint fresh blackberries
2 cups sweetened whipped cream
1 prepared lemon pound cake, sliced
1/4 cup Lemoncello or Grand Marnier liqueur (optional)
Fresh mint leaves, for garnish


To make the lemon curd: Bring a pot of water to a simmer over medium-low heat. Combine the egg yolks, sugar, lemon juice, and zest in a metal or glass heat-resistant bowl and whisk until smooth. Set the bowl over the simmering water, without letting the bottom touch, and continue to whisk. Keep working-out that arm and whisk it vigorously for a good 10 minutes, until the curd has doubled in volume and is very thick and yellow. Don’t let it boil. Remove the bowl from heat and whisk in the butter, a couple of chunks at a time, until melted. Refrigerate until the custard is cold and firm.

To build the trifle: put the berries in a mixing bowl and toss them together so they are evenly distributed. Fold the whipped cream into the chilled lemon curd to lighten it up into a mousse. Line a glass trifle bowl with pieces of pound cake to fit. Drizzle or brush the cake with the Lemoncello, spoon a layer of the lemon curd over the cake, and then a layer of mixed berries. Repeat the layers until the ingredients are used up, the last layer looks best if it’s the berries. Chill before serving. Garnish with fresh mint.

I will make this again soon- it was really good!!!!