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Simply Divine Lemon-Thyme Bruschetta

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Perfect Pairing with Chateau Montelena’s 2010 Napa Valley Chardonnay!

Simply Devine Lemon-Thyme BruschettaWhat could be simpler than these fresh bruschetta? The creamy texture, delicate thyme, perfume of citrus and sweet honey are a match made in heaven for our Chateau Montelena 2010 Chardonnay!


  • 1 traditional French baguette; thinly sliced
  • 8 ounces whole milk fresh ricotta cheese
  • Zest of 1 large lemon
  • Salt and freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 8-10 springs fresh thyme
  • Additional lemon zest, for garnish


Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

De-stem the fresh thyme leaves and bruise with the back of a soup spoon.

Mix together ricotta, half of the fresh thyme leaves and lemon zest. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.

Brush baguette slices with olive oil on one side, reserve remaining olive oil. Toast baguette slices in the oven for 5-7 minutes until slightly browned and warm.

Spread toasts liberally with seasoned ricotta. Drizzle with remaining olive oil; repeat drizzle with honey, and sprinkle with reserved thyme leaves. Arrange on serving platter; zest lightly with addition lemon if desired, for garnish. Serve warm.

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