Serves 15

Prep time 15 min.

Cook time 10 min.

Ingredients

1 large (15-inch) baguette, cut into 1/2-inch slices

1 clove garlic, cut in half lengthwise

2 Tbsps. olive oil

2 cups (16 oz.) ricotta cheese

1 tsp. balsamic vinegar

Salt and cracked black pepper, to taste

1 can (14.5oz.) Del Monte® Sliced Beets, drained

30 medium fresh basil or mint leaves

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Place bread slices on a baking sheet. Rub the top of each bread slice with garlic and brush lightly with oil. Bake about 10 minutes or until lightly toasted.

  2. Combine ricotta and balsamic in a small bowl; season to taste with salt and pepper. Spread 1 Tbsp. ricotta on each toast, top each with a beet slice and an herb leaf. Garnish with cracked black pepper and a drizzle of olive oil, if desired.

NOTE: Fresh mint or basil leaves may be substituted for spinach.

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