Walnut Ricotta Crostini with Arugula and Soft-Boiled Eggs

Walnut Ricotta Crostini with Arugula and Soft-Boiled Eggs

For the past five days, I’ve been in Palm Springs and Indio for the 2012 Coachella Music Festival, a three day marathon packed with concerts, artwork, and overall craziness.  This is my first year going to Coachella and I was completely blown away.  Normally, I go to one concert every three years, so to see so many of my favorite bands and DJs in such a short period of time was a real treat.  To best describe this experience, I’ve shared a small collection of Instagram photos and concert videos below.

I wish I had a good connection between Coachella and this Walnut Ricotta Crostini with Arugula and Soft-Boiled Eggs; however, I don’t.  All I can really say is that this appetizer is super tasty.  Sitting atop a layer of earthy walnut ricotta is small handful of arugula leaves simply dressed in lemon juice, and a rich, soft-boiled egg.  Each bite is well-balanced with a satisfying contrast in textures.  The toasted bread and arugula provide crunch while the ricotta and eggs lend a creamy smoothness.  Be sure to serve these bites up with a fork and knife as they can be a bit messy to eat with just your hands.  I’ve got the recipe for you after the Coachella recap.

Whole Wheat Bread

Here are some photos and videos from my trip.  I’ve borrowed a few of them from my amazing boyfriend :)  All photos and videos taken with iPhones.

Coachella Pictures 1 Coachella Pictures 2

Neon Indian – Polish Girl

Feist – My Moon My Man

Feist – The Bad in Each Other [my favorite of the day]

Madness – Our House

M83 – Midnight City

M83 – Fall

Kaskade –  Ivan Gough – In My Mind [Axwell Remix]

Florence + The Machine – Shake It Off

Florence + The Machine – What the Water Gave Me

Gotye – Somebody That I Used to Know

And now for the recipe.  I hope you enjoyed :)

Walnut Ricotta Walnut Ricotta

Walnut Ricotta Crostini with Arugula and Soft-Boiled Eggs
Adapted from here.
Recipe type: Appetizer
Serves: 6
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided (3 tbsp for the bread, 1 for the walnuts)
  • Whole whole bread, cut into 6 even slices (a little larger than 1/4-inch thickness)
  • 1/2 cup walnut pieces
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese (preferably homemade)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice, divided (1 tbsp for the ricotta, 1 for the arugula)
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 cold eggs
  • 2 cups arugula
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
  • Flaky sea salt, for topping
  1. Warm 3 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add sliced bread and toast until golden brown, flipping occasionally (about 3 minutes). Take the bread from the skillet and add the walnuts with additional 1 tablespoon of butter. Once the butter has melted, stir the walnuts to coat. Cook until lightly brown and fragrant (about 3 minutes), stirring occasionally. Set walnuts aside to cool.
  2. In a food processor, combine cooled walnuts, ricotta cheese, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt and 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper. Pulse until just smooth. Season to taste with additional kosher salt (you may need about 1/4 teaspoon more if your ricotta is unsalted).
  3. Place eggs in a small saucepan and cover with lukewarm water. Place the saucepan over high heat and bring the water to a boil. As soon as the water starts to boil, turn the heat off and cover the saucepan. Let sit for 1 minute then transfer to the sink. Run cold water over the eggs while tipping the pan to let the hot water drain for about 30 seconds. Peel eggs under cold, running water.
  4. Toss arugula with remaining 1 tablespoon lemon juice and a small pinch of kosher salt.
  5. To serve, spread walnut-ricotta mixture on the whole wheat crostini. Divide arugula amongst the slices. Place a soft-boiled egg on each slice then gently cut in half to break the yolk. Finish each crostini with a very light drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil, black pepper and a few flakes of sea salt.



  1. says

    That walnut spread looks so creamy and those eggs, they are PERFECTLY cooked!

    I knew a couple people going to Coachella and I’ve never been but now you make me want to! I love festivals, outdoor music, food, the whole vibe. Great pics!

    • Brandon Matzek says

      Thanks Averie! I would definitely recommend going at least once in your life. Coachella was quite the experience :)

  2. Jennifer H. says

    This looks like such a fun time! Thanks to you and your boyfriend for sharing your experiences. Was there any good food to be had?

  3. says

    for someone like me who loves finger food and can eat egg almost every single day.. this appetizer scores the highest point! Love the styling and presentation.

  4. says

    walnut ricotta. bloody brilliant! I’m imagining a hummus-like spread but with extra savouriness and nuttiness. gorgeous photography too btw. just want to dig into that squidgy yolk!


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