Apr 4, 2018

Whipped Spiced Ricotta Toast

Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 0 mins
Ricotta cheese is combined with honey, olive oil, red pepper and oregano for a slightly sweet and spicy seasoned appetizer.

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In this recipe ricotta cheese is combined with honey, olive oil, red pepper and oregano for a slightly sweet and spicy seasoned appetizer. It comes together in a matter of minutes and the grilled bread elevates it and makes it seem like you’ve been cooking all day.

Whipped Spiced Ricotta Toast

whipped ricotta in food processor with blade

Why Whip Ricotta?

Ingredients to make whipped spiced ricotta toast

Ricotta cheese

Ricotta is a mild, soft and creamy Italian cheese that is made from the leftover whey created when making mozzarella and other similar cheeses. The texture and look is similar to cottage cheese. I always choose whole milk ricotta over part-skim because the latter can be watery.

Honey

Honey adds a natural sweetness that enhances and complements the creamy ricotta and spices.

Lemon

The acidity of the lemon juice balances the other flavors.

Olive oil

While all olive oil comes from the fruit of olive trees, it’s not all created equal. Extra-virgin olive oil is unrefined and made from pure, cold-pressed olives, giving it more of a true olive taste. Regular olive oil is made from a blend of both cold-pressed and processed oils. I typically cook with extra-virgin olive oil when deciding between the two. Olive oil has a lower smoke point than many other oils, making it better for lower temperature cooking. Save pricey olive oils for finishing the recipe where the flavors will really shine – like in dips, for breads and salad dressing.

Seasonings

The whipped ricotta is topped with a slightly spicy, herby blend of crushed red pepper, oregano, salt and pepper.

Bread

I like using a crusty loaves bread for more crispy surface area for spreading though you can also slice up a baguette. I love the smoky flavor grilling the bread adds to this recipe.

How to make this recipe

  1. Make the ricotta dip. In a medium mixing bowl whisk together the ricotta, honey and lemon juice until completely combined and the ricotta is smooth. This can also be done in a food processor fitted with a blade attachment.
  2. Plate. Spread out on a small plate and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle the top with red pepper, oregano, salt and pepper.
  3. Make the bread. Heat a large griddle or grill over medium-high heat. Add the slices of bread and cook until grill marks appear, about 1 minute. Flip and cook for an additional minute.
  4. Serve. Remove and halve the slices. Serve warm with the ricotta.

Tips and Tricks for This Recipe

  • Make the whipped ricotta in a food processor fitted with a blade attachment instead. This is a quick and easy method plus the ricotta becomes smooth even faster than when beating it by hand.

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Whipped Spiced Ricotta Toast

whipped spiced ricotta dip with grilled bread
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 12 ounces whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 small loaf French bread, cut into 1” slices

Instructions:

  • In a medium mixing bowl whisk together the ricotta, honey and lemon juice until completely combined. This can also be done in a food processor fitted with a blade attachment.
  • Spread out on a small plate and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle the top with red pepper, oregano, salt and pepper.
  • Heat a large griddle or grill over medium-high heat. Add the slices of bread and cook until grill marks appear, about 1 minute.
  • Flip and cook for an additional minute. Remove and halve the slices. Serve warm with the ricotta.

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