Orange and Thyme Whipped Ricotta Apple Toast Recipe

Welcome fall with a upscaled toast that can be enjoyed as breakfast or a festive appetizer. Featuring thyme, orange, apples and hazelnuts – this recipe brings together all there is to love about fall in a toast.

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Apples are the most valuable crop in Michigan. According to the Michigan Apple Committee, Michigan is the nation’s third-largest producer of the tasty fruit. Nearly 15 million apple trees cover 34,000-plus acres, producing popular apple varieties such as Fuji, Evercrisp, Gala, Golden and Red Delicious, and Honeycrisp.

Orange and Thyme Whipped Ricotta Apple Toast Recipe

  • Author: Shanthi Appelo
  • Yield: 2 1x

Description

The ricotta is whipped with thyme and orange zest to provide a silky contrast to the crisp apples and toasted sourdough. The toasted hazelnuts bring all the flavors together in an upscaled toast that can be enjoyed as breakfast or a festive appetizer.


Ingredients

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  • 1 Honeycrisp apple or other crispy variety, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup hazelnuts, chopped
  • 2 slices whole wheat or sourdough bread, toasted
  • ½ cup part-skim ricotta
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt
  • ½ orange, zested and juiced
  • 2 Tbsp. thyme, chopped
  • 2 tsp honey

Instructions

  1. In a pan over medium heat, spray with oil and add hazelnuts. Shake around every 30 seconds or so and toast for 2-3 minutes. Watch so they do not burn.
  2. In a blender or food processor, add ricotta, Greek yogurt, orange juice, orange zest, thyme and honey. Blend until smooth.
  3. On toasted bread, add 2-3 tablespoons of whipped ricotta mixture. Add sliced apples on top, then finish with toasted hazelnuts. Enjoy!

Apples are the most valuable crop in Michigan. According to the Michigan Apple Committee, Michigan is the nation’s third-largest producer of the tasty fruit. Nearly 15 million apple trees cover 34,000-plus acres, producing popular apple varieties such as Fuji, Evercrisp, Gala, Golden and Red Delicious, and Honeycrisp.


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