Pesto Crostini with Peaches and Ricotta

Guests rave about these pesto crostini appetizers with peaches and ricotta. The flavor combination is fantastic and they take just 15 minutes with a few simple ingredients.

The sweet juicy peaches pair beautifully with the salty tangy herby pesto and creamy ricotta. They’re the perfect appetizer for summer gatherings.

pesto crostini with peaches on cutting board

These crostini appetizers are especially easy to make when you have some leftover pesto on hand. They are best, of course, during peach season.

Ingredients – tailored to your taste

pesto, olive oil, peaches, ricotta, rustic bread, balsamic reduction

Bread: For this crostini recipe, I like to use multigrain bread, ciabatta or baguette slices. Avoid breads that are too dense or chewy. For a gluten-free version, use gluten free bread.

Pesto: Any kind of pesto will work – basil, spinach, parsley, etc. Here’s a recipe for fresh basil pesto with walnuts that just takes a few minutes.

Ricotta: The recipe uses ricotta cheese, but other good options are goat cheese (earthy and tangy), cream cheese, cottage cheese or burrata cheese (for a luxurious texture).

Peaches: Fresh, sweet peaches are best for this ricotta crostini appetizer. If they are not juicy or sweet enough, add a pinch of sugar or maple syrup. Substitute the peaches tomatoes if peaches are not in season.

Optional garnish: I love to add a dramatic drizzle of balsamic vinegar reduction which you can buy at the grocery store. A drizzle of honey or a light sprinkle of ground cinnamon are two other options.

Step by step instructions

pesto crostini with peaches on cutting board
Toast bread and brush with olive oil. Then rub with a fresh garlic clove.
pesto crostini with peaches on cutting board
Spread with a thin layer of ricotta cheese, then the pesto. Add diced peaches and drizzle with balsamic vinegar reduction if you like.
one partially bitten pesto crostini with peaches

Tips for buying and storing fresh peaches

  • Look for peaches that have a sweet aroma and yield slightly when gently pressed. Avoid peaches that are too firm or have bruises or blemishes.
  • If your peaches are already ripe, store them at room temperature to allow them to develop their full flavor and juiciness. Avoid direct sunlight and excessive heat.
  • For peaches that are still firm, you can speed up the ripening process by placing them in a paper bag at room temperature for a day or two. The bag helps trap ethylene gas, which aids in ripening.
  • If you have an abundance of peaches, you can freeze them for future use. (I do this to prolong the peach season). Peel, pit, and slice the peaches, then place them in a single layer on a baking sheet. Once the peach slices are frozen, transfer them to a freezer bag or airtight container.

Shortcut for Crostini Appetizers

  • Buy a good quality store-bought pesto.

Make Ahead

  • Make all components ahead and assemble the crostini without the peaches. Add peaches and balsamic reduction before serving.
  • Alternatively, make components ahead and let guests build their own crostini.

What to serve with peach crostini

Though the flavors in this appetizer work well with almost any main course, here are a few of our favorites:

You can also consider serving the pesto crostini as a light lunch along with a gazpacho soup, sweet corn soup with herbs or grilled vegetables and potatoes.

pesto crostini with peaches on cutting board

Recipe FAQs

Can I use different stone fruits on the crostini?

Instead of peaches, try nectarines or apricots.

What additional toppings can I add to the crostini?

You can customize this recipe with additional toppings like sliced prosciutto or toasted pine nuts.

Other easy appetizer recipes

The pesto crostini with peaches and ricotta will go with any of these other appetizers.

And be sure to check out our vegetarian appetizers and serving tips.

Love peaches?

Check out more delicious peach recipes – including jams, condiments, apps, mains, sides and desserts.

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Pesto Crostini With Peaches and Ricotta

Guests rave about these pesto crostini appetizers with peaches and ricotta. The flavor combination is fantastic and they take just 15 minutes with a few simple ingredients.
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 appetizers

Ingredients

  • 4-6 slices multigrain, baguette, ciabatta or gluten-free bread 1/2 inch/1.3 thick, Note 1 (these will be cut to give 12 bite size appetizers)
  • olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic cut in half horizontally
  • 1/4 cup ricotta cheese, Note 2
  • 1/4-1/3 cup pesto, Note 3
  • 1 large peach or 2 small, diced (sprinkle with a teaspoon sugar if peaches aren't sweet enough)
  • OPTIONAL: a drizzle of balsamic glaze either homemade (Note 4) or from the bottle

Instructions

  • MAKE CROSTINI: Toast bread to golden brown. Lightly brush one side of toasts with olive oil, then rub the cut half of garlic clove on the toasts.
  • ASSEMBLE: On each toast, spread a thin layer of ricotta cheese, add a layer of pesto. Sprinkle with cut peaches *. Cut each toast into 2-3 smaller pieces. Lay appetizers on a platter. Just before serving, drizzle with Balsamic glaze/reduction if using.
    * If you dice the peaches ahead of time, add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice so they don't turn brown.

Recipe Notes

  1. To make grilled bread instead: Whether using outdoor grill or on a grill pan inside, the grill marks add flavor and give your bread a rustic appearance.Β 
  2. Ricotta cheese substitutes: goat cheese (earthy and tangy), cream cheese, cottage cheese or burrata cheese (for a luxurious texture).
  3. Pesto: Use any pesto you like or make our basil pesto with walnuts:
    • Process in food processor until smooth: 1 cup packed Basil leaves, 1/4 grated Parmesan cheese, 2 tablespoons pine nuts or walnuts, 1 teaspoon minced garlic and 1/4 olive oil. (makes 1/2 cup/126 grams).
  4. Balsamic Glaze/Reduction: If you can’t find a bottle of Balsamic Glaze/Reduction at the store, you can make it by bringing to boil 1/2 cup/118 ml of balsamic vinegar and 2 tablespoons honey or brown sugar, then reducing heat to a simmer and simmering for about 15 minutes until it reduces by half to a syrup consistency (thick enough to coat the back of a spoon).
  5. More variations: Drizzle honey instead of balsamic reduction. Instead of peaches, try apricots or nectarines. Top with crispy prosciutto or toasted pine nuts.
  6. Make Ahead
    • Make all components ahead and assemble crostini without the peaches. Add peaches and balsamic reduction before serving. Sprinkle lemon juice on peaches if you’re dicing them ahead of time.
    • Alternatively, make the components ahead and let guests assemble their own crostini.
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Nutrition values are estimates and do not include optional balsamic reduction.

Nutrition

Calories: 40kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 65mg | Potassium: 29mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 189IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg
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