Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Ricotta Dip

Just came up with this quick app that I made ahead for tomorrow night’s dinner, and it’s the easiest thing ever. Spread it over toasted baguette slices (or, even better, flatbread) and it’s kinda like a DIY white pizza. (And this is coming from someone who was never fooled by that “English muffin pizza” nonsense. Seriously, what are we, stupid? That shizz is not pizza.)

Anyhoo, I made this with White Rose supermarket-brand ricotta; the other ingredients give it mad flavor, so don’t stress about getting a fancy expensive ricotta—it’d be like ordering top-shelf tequila in a margarita. (Really? You do that? Oh, honey, nobody is impressed.)

Combine in a bowl or food processor:

  • 1 pint ricotta, softened to room temperature
  • 1 head roasted garlic
  • 2 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
  • Fresh thyme leaves, sea salt, and ground pepper to taste
  • Optional: grated lemon rind, chopped basil leaves, or any other aromatics that strike your fancy (rosemary? parsley? chives?)

Give the mix some good jujjing with an immersion blender or a few good pulses in the food processor, until fully combined. Boom.

Serve at room temperature. For accompaniments, use the aforementioned toasted baguette slices, and/or grape tomatoes and sliced raw red peppers for dipping. I think a little cheese knife in a pot would be a nice presentation. You could also use this as a nice spread for a sandwich—say chicken or grilled eggplant on ciabatta. And honestly, given the roasted garlic/olive oil/salt trifecta of pure flavory goodness, I could just eat this stuff spooned straight out of the plastic White Rose container to which I returned the ricotta in its more delicious incarnation for storage in the fridge.

Store such a refrigerated container for … IDK, a week or two, or until it smells off and starts to separate. Disclaimer: Brooklyn Girls Cooking waives all liability for any instances of food-borne illness that you probably couldn’t even prove was a direct result of what you read in this blog, and also we have no money to pay out in a lawsuit anyway.

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