Garlic toasted baguette slices are a crunchy base for these easy and elegant appetizers topped with balsamic ricotta cheese, sliced beets and whole herbs.
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
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.
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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