My kitchen has turned into the ultimate revolving door with friends, and friends of friends, popping in several times a week. Many times unexpectedly, which is exactly how I like it. Growing up I always wanted to live in a house that was bursting with friends, family and lots of pets! Now as a pseudo-adult, I’ve been able to somewhat create that feeling in my house. With friends popping in all the time, I have come up with a few quick go-to dishes and appetizers that I can throw together in no time. This is great for sharing and easy to transport if you want to take to a potluck!
You’ll need: French Bread Asparagus Ricotta (I like to use part-skim) Honey Garlic Salt Pepper Olive oil
First, slice the french bread into one inch thick slices.
Drizzle one side of each french bread slice with olive oil. I used about one tablespoon of olive oil for 6 crostinis.
Sprinkle the french bread with garlic salt and black pepper.
Smear each piece with a thin layer of ricotta cheese.
Slice pieces of asparagus to fit the length of the crostini.
Place crostinis on a baking sheet lined with foil. Toast at 350 degrees for 5-6 minutes or until edges are crispy.
I made this appetizer to go with Beer Beef Stew with Horseradish Mashed Potatoes. I bought the dipping sauce. I specifically wanted a spicy honey mustard type sauce and settled on Beaver Brand Sweet and Hot Mustard after scouring some blogs. This appetizer is super easy to make and definitely a crowd pleaser… C’mon it has bacon! People, especially guys, just love bacon.
Sweet and Hot mustard
Rinse the asparagus and cut the ends off.
Wrap the bacon tightly around the Asparagus stalk.
If you wrap it tightly enough, it should stick on the asparagus pretty well. Kinda looks like an asparagus bacon candy cane haha.
Place the bacon wrapped asparagus on a baking sheet lined with foil. Broil these on high for 25-30min depending on your oven and how crispy you like your bacon.
Meanwhile, put some sweet and hot mustard in a small dipping bowl.
Oh yum! Crispy bacon and hot asparagus!
Place the bacon wrapped asparagus on a paper towel before plating. This will dry up some the grease and keep your plate clean.
Plate the asparagus with the dipping sauce in the middle.
Voila! An easy appetizer that is sure to please!
You could also cut these into bite size pieces and serve with toothpicks.