As I start obsessing over what I’m going to serve to my wine club when I host this June, I’m brainstorming quick and easy recipes I can make for a crowd when I’ve got….30 minutes between getting home from work and when folks start arriving at my house. I want an app that can be out to grab, a simple dinner that people can serve themselves, and then a fruity, summer dessert. I think this Crostini with Beans, Ricotta, Honey and Thyme is the perfect appetizer for a wine event.
Did you know that 20% of the alcohol you drink can get absorbed straight through the stomach, heading to the liver for processing more quickly than any nutrients absorbed lower down in the small intestine? Studies have shown that when people drink on an empty stomach, they’ll eat up to 25% MORE at the next meal so make sure to drink with something in your stomach to help balance your appetite and blood sugar. This Crostini with Beans, Ricotta, Honey and Thyme appetizer offers carbohydrate, fat, and protein in one bite for a very complete little snack.
What I really like about Crostini with Beans, Ricotta, Honey and Thyme is that the flavors are balanced. The fat in the ricotta and olive oil are supported with bright acidity from the lemon and balanced with sweetness from the honey. Hearty beans add structure and salt makes the flavor combos pop. Using fresh thyme adds an unexpected summer flair that I think will be really fun to pair with wine.
I hope you enjoy this recipe for Crostini with Beans, Ricotta, Honey and Thyme and if you need other simple apps, check out my Garden Cherry Tomato Bruschetta, Smokey Black Bean Pineapple Salsa, and Spicy Vegetarian Fresh Rolls.