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Saturday, August 21, 2010

5 Minute Appetizer

Recipe: Herbed Ricotta Spread

A lot of times I get ideas on a whim or out of desperation and necessity. This was one of those times when I had unexpected people coming over, and I needed some form of an appetizer and quick. So after rummaging through my fridge for a moment I came up with this idea. I actually really liked how this came together and its especially yummy when spread over warm crusty bread. And because it comes together in less than 5 minutes, its a perfect addition for a cocktail party. You can whip it together and throw it in the fridge while you take care of other last minute party details. Which for me, would be putting on make-up or pants.

Makes 2.5 – 3 cups
(Printable Recipe)

- 15oz tub Ricotta cheese
- 3/4 cup parmesan cheese
- 1.5 tablespoon Italian seasoning
- ½ teaspoon garlic
- splash of milk
- S& P to taste


In a large bowl combine all ingredients and stir to combine. Let mixture sit for at least 30 minutes before serving to allow flavors to develop. Allow to sit at room temperature for 15 minutes before serving. Serve with crostini or warmed pita bread.

Thoughts: I made this with dried herbs because that’s what I have on hand but I think fresh herbs would be even better. Basil, parsley, thyme, rosemary, and chives would all be exceptional in this. Another great use would be to make your crostini, spread the mixture on, and top with diced tomatoes.


Kacey said...

Great idea! I was just thinking about what to do with left over ricotta I have. As soon as I saw the picture I thought of how great tomatoes or roasted red peppers would be on this!

À LA GRAHAM said...

Love this post because it happens to me all the time and I can never think of what to make...this is perfect! :)

Brownieville Girl said...

Oh I'd love this, sounds delicious!

Anonymous said...

I love this. Generally I like appetizers more than the main dish

Kitten with a Whisk said...

@ Kacey - I LOVE the idea of adding slow roasted toms or peppers.

@greekyogurt - You and I must be soulmates because I do too!

The Diva on a Diet said...

Gotta love a 5 minute appetizer! And, really, who needs the excuse of a party - this would be good on any night of the week! Plus, you could change it up by adding fresh herbs, black olives, roasted red peppers, anything you have and need to use up. Great idea!

Kelly said...

I can so relate. In fact, I think that necessity often leads to some of my best inventions. I guess maybe it's the fact that in those situations I have to think quick and be creative. I think this would also be great tossed in with some hot pasta and cherry tomatoes. Genius.

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