Monday, July 19, 2010

A Healthy Snack: Rhubarb and Cottage Cheese Crostini

Are you in the mood for a healthy snack? If so, you've come to the right place. Normally, rhubarb would be associated with strawberries or baking. Rhubarb (also known as "pie plant") is a tart vegetable with reddish stalks, acidic/toxic roots, and is edible when cooked or sweetened. I've decided to take these 3 ingredients to form a tasteful snack or festive appetizer for friends and family. Hope you enjoy this recipe!

Rhubarb and Cottage Cheese Crostini
(appetizer or snack) serves: 6
  • 2 rhubarb stalks, diced
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 6 slices baguette bread, cut diagonally 1/2-inch thick
  • 1 oz olive oil
  • about 5-6 oz cottage cheese
  1. In a medium saucepan, add the water and diced rhubarb. Boil, then simmer for 5-6 minutes. Add the sugar; stir, but don't mash the rhubarb.
  2. On a baking sheet, lay out the slices of bread and brush it with the olive oil. Bake in a toaster oven for 5-10 minutes (275 degrees) or toasted to your liking.
  3. When the bread is toasted, spread cottage cheese on the bread and place a spoonful of sweetened rhubarb on top.

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