Whipped Spiced Ricotta Toast
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. 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.
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
In a medium mixing bowl whisk together the ricotta, honey and lemon juice until completely combined.
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.
Serves 4 as an appetizer.