Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Smithfield® Marinated Fresh Pork. The opinions and text are all mine.
Who loves a delicious appetizer? *Raises hand*. I can’t remember exactly when I fell in love with tasty morsels and pretty platters, but I really do enjoy creating – and eating – appetizers.
The flavor combinations for appetizers truly are endless. You can serve them warm or cold, and with a vessel to pick them up with such as a cracker or a skewer. Summer time is one of my favorite times to try and make new appetizers. Days are long and warm. Evenings are a little slower and meals are enjoyed a bit more in leisure. I’ll often serve a lighter dinner on hot evenings like a hearty salad, so I like to make an extra snack platter or fresh appetizer for us all to enjoy out on the patio.
The other night I attempted to replicate an appetizer I had once at a local food festival. It was pork tenderloin on a crostini with some herbs & raspberry puree. With this in mind, I headed to Safeway to start shopping for this recipe to recreate!
Creating the Pork Tenderloin Crostinis with Raspberry Puree & Herbed Ricotta
First thing I did was BBQ a Smithfield Roasted Garlic and Herb Pork Loin Filet. I frequently use Smithfield products because they give my meals real flavor, real fast. I usually pick up some when I walk by the fresh meat aisle in Safeway. Let’s face it; we don’t all have hours upon hours to spend daily creating meals.
While the Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork Loin was cooking I played around and created a raspberry puree sauce by blending one cup of fresh raspberries and ½ teaspoon of honey.
I wanted to add another component to the appetizer so I scooped a half of a cup of ricotta cheese into a dish and minced up some fresh chives and rosemary and combined them with the ricotta.
Once the pork loin was cooked thoroughly I let it rest before slicing half of the meat into 1X1 inch slices.
I then spooned a small amount of the raspberry puree onto a crostini and then added the pork loin piece. I placed the ricotta into a pastry bag and piped some onto each crostini.
Then I garnished them with bits of chives and proceeded to devour more than my fair share of them!
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- 1 Smithfield Roasted Garlic and Herb Pork Loin Filet
- 1/2 cup of ricotta cheese
- 1 cup of fresh raspberries
- 1/2 teaspoon of honey
- 1 tablespoon of minced chives
- 1 tablespoon of minced rosemary
- 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder
- Package of crostini or similiar product
- Chives & Sea Salt to garnish
- Preheat your BBQ. Wrap the Smithfield Pork Loin Filet in foil and BBQ until cooked thoroughly. Set aside and let the meat rest.
- Mince the chives and rosemary and mix into the ricotta cheese. Add the garlic powder. Place the herbed ricotta mixture into a pastry bag. If you do not have a pastry bag, place the ricotta into a quart sized zipped sandwich bag and cut a tip off the bag so there is a 1/4" sized opening on one end.
- Puree the raspberries and stir in the honey.
- Lay out the desired amount of crostini's you need. There should be enough materials to assemble 2-3 dozen appetizers, depending on the size of the crostini.
- Slice the pork loin filet into 1x1 inch pieces.
- Spoon a small amount of raspberry puree onto each crostini, followed by a slice of pork loin. Pipe the ricotta mixture on top.
- Garnish with chives and sprinkle with coursely ground sea salt.