A favorite summer fruit is a funny thing. How do you pick just one? Mine usually morphs from one to another, all summer long, depending on what’s currently at its peak or what’s on special when I’m produce shopping. Strawberries are my favorite! Or, no, it’s watermelon! Wait, now I think it definitely might be fresh cherries… Come on, they’re all winners.
Nectarines are right up there at the top for me, though. I’ve loved them since I was a kid. And, this time of year, you can’t walk by a display of fresh nectarines without being stopped dead in your tracks by the incredible smell. The running-down-your-arm juiciness of a ripe, fresh nectarine just can’t be beaten.
The only thing that could possibly top it is…yeah, roasting said nectarine and giving it an appetizer makeover, pairing it with some ricotta cheese and crispy prosciutto!
- 2 large nectarines, roughly chopped
- 1 T. unsalted butter
- 2 T. honey
- 4 slices prosciutto
- Baguette, sliced ½” thick
- 3 T. olive oil
- 3 oz. goat cheese, at room temperature
- ½ cup ricotta, at room temperature
- 2 tsp. lemon zest
- 1 T. lemon juice
- 1 T. finely chopped basil, plus more for garnish
- Salt & pepper
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Spray one baking sheet and one 8” x 8” baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Place prosciutto slices onto the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes until crispy. Set aside until cool enough to handle.
- Place baguette slices onto a separate baking sheet. Brush the slices with 2 T. olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake for 6 minutes, until lightly golden brown.
- Place chopped nectarines into the prepared baking dish. Combine butter and honey in a small, microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 10-20 seconds, until the butter is completely melted. Pour butter and honey mixture over the nectarines and stir to coat the fruit pieces. Roast for 12-15 minutes, until nectarines are very soft. Let cool slightly.
- While nectarines are roasting, in a small bowl, stir together the goat cheese, ricotta, lemon zest, lemon juice, the remaining 1 T. olive oil, and chopped basil. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Spread toasted baguette slices with the ricotta mixture. Spoon roasted nectarines on top of the ricotta, and crumble crisped prosciutto over the top. Place on a platter and garnish with additional basil, if desired.
Adapted from Claire Robinson and Giada De Laurentiis.