With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: London, England Jamie Oliver Inspired Roasted Cherry Tomato Bruschetta with Creamy Ricotta

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

London, England Jamie Oliver Inspired Roasted Cherry Tomato Bruschetta with Creamy Ricotta

We have just returned from a 10-day, action-packed trip to London, England. Along with the many attractions and sites to visit in this lovely city, we managed to sample many foods and restaurants along the way. As fans of Jamie Oliver, the popular British celebrity chef, restaurateur and author, we were excited to visit one of his places in central London’s Covent Garden where we shared a Bruschetta appetizer. I came home and played around in the kitchen to create something similar using slow-roasted cherry tomatoes on toasted rustic bread with a generous smear of creamy ricotta.

This photo of my youngest daughter, my oldest grandson, my oldest daughter, my husband and I was taken with our server who was knowledgeable, friendly and totally cool. It would had been wonderful to have our other two daughters with us but this time in their lives is just too full caring for their large families.

The roasted tomatoes on the Bruschetta burst with flavor and the combination of cheese and fresh herbs atop the grilled toast is just amazing.

While at the London restaurant, we enjoyed pea and mint soup, skirt steak and fries, primavera ravioli and a burger as well as the Bruschetta and other appetizers.

But the Bruschetta stood out to me and I knew it would be easy to prepare at home. Serve it as an appetizer but it is also great as a light entree.

I will be sharing more of our time in London as well as what we experienced concerning the London Bridge terrorist attack. I have many photos to organize and edit and some very interesting places to tell you about. We are working through a little jet lag and the catch-up responsibilities around the house but we are slowly getting back to our regular schedules.

To make the Bruschetta, start with some beautiful cherry tomatoes.

Slice in half and drizzle on extra virgin olive oil.

Season with salt and pepper and add a splash of balsamic vinegar. Pop into the oven to roast.

While the tomatoes are roasting, slice the bread.

Brush olive oil onto one side and toast on a hot grill pan until golden.

Lightly rub a clove of garlic on the toasted bread.

Remove the tomatoes from the oven.

Combine the ricotta cheese, seasonings, herbs and a splash of olive oil.
Spread toast with cheese mixture and top with tomatoes, additional herbs and serve immediately.

 Roasted Cherry Tomato Bruschetta
with Creamy Ricotta 

yield: 6-slices

1 pint cherry tomatoes
extra virgin olive oil, divided
Balsamic vinegar

6 slices of a rustic-style bread cut into thick 1-inch slices
1 clove of garlic

1 cup ricotta cheese
fresh basil
fresh oregano, thyme, chives or other herbs as desired

Preheat oven or toaster oven to 400 degrees F.

Slice cherry tomatoes in half and toss onto a foil-lined baking pan. Drizzle with olive oil (about a tablespoon) and toss to coat. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and pour on a splash of balsamic vinegar.

Bake for 30-40 minutes depending on size of tomatoes. The longer the tomatoes are baked the more intense the flavor becomes.

While the tomatoes are roasting, combine the ricotta cheese, a pinch of salt, fresh ground pepper, a sprinkling of finely sliced basil, additional herbs, as desired. and a drizzle of olive oil.

Lightly brush the top side of each slice of bread with olive oil. Place in a medium hot grill pan, oiled side down and cook until toasted. Remove from grill pan and lightly rub toasted bread with the cut side of the garlic clove.

To assemble Bruschetta:
Spread ricotta mixture on each slice; top with roasted tomatoes and garnish with additional basil and herbs. Serve immediately.


Ann Thompson said...

What a fabulous trip. All the food is making me hungry

Sandi said...

These sound amazing!!! I can't wait to try this recipe!! Thank you!!

So glad you are all okay. Traveling anywhere is scary these days. Thanking God for His protection for your family!!

Susan said...

Oh Lorraine.....How EXCITING you are all able to take that trip to England. Oh wow. Looking forward to all your upcoming posts. The bruschettas sound delectable. I must definitely try them! Susan

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

What an amazing trip! Glad you weren't affected by the London Bridge attacks. I saw on IG that Jamie Oliver reached out to those affected by the huge apt. fire recently and offered food and comfort to them. Amazing guy and amazing recipe! Love this.


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