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grilled bread with tomato and ricotta on a black plate
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5 from 8 votes

Grilled Bread with Tomato & Ricotta

This humble recipe combines the best of fresh, grilled bread, juicy tomatoes, and fresh ricotta to create a mouthwatering appetizer or light meal.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Course: Appetizers
Cuisine: European
Keyword: grilled bread, grilled bread with tomatoes, ricotta, tomatoes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 309kcal


  • 4 slices sourdough bread
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • 1/2 cup ricotta
  • 1 large tomato
  • basil leaves
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 1 pinch black pepper


  • Have the bakery slice the bread in thick slices, or slice it yourself.
  • Brush both sides of the bread with half of the olive oil - a pastry brush works wonders for this. Then, lightly grill the bread so that it is smoky and crispy but not too hard and crunchy.
  • Use a sharp knife to cut thick slices of tomatoes. They shouldn't be quite as thick as the bread, but not too thin, either. Aim for about 1/3-inch thick slices.
  • Spread the ricotta in a fairly even and thick layer over the toasted bread. Make sure you go right to the edges! An offset spatula is a big help with jobs like this.
  • Nestle the tomatoes on top of the ricotta, drizzle a bit of olive oil over the top, and add a few grinds of black pepper. Tear or chiffonade the basil and sprinkle it over the top.
  • That's it! Enjoy!


Chef Jenn's Tips

  • With an easy tomato recipe like this, every ingredient needs to be the best it can be!
  • Don't salt the tomatoes until you're ready to serve as the salt will draw out some of the liquid
  • The bread can be grilled ahead of time, up to a few hours before.
  • If you can't chiffonade the basil, tear it into small pieces.
  • No basil? A sprinkle of Italian seasoning will also be tasty.


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 309kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 366mg | Potassium: 222mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 516IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 97mg | Iron: 3mg