As far as appetizers go, it is hard to find a simpler recipe that would deliver as much flavor! You can find all sorts of variations in cookbooks and in the blogosphere, including my own blog a couple of years ago, using a recipe from my friend Celia.  Have hearty crackers or nice baguette toasts ready to dive in… my preference is to enjoy it still hot from the oven, but be very careful, the center of this baby will be like a cheesy lava.

Baked Ricotta

(from the Bewitching Kitchen, inspired by many sources)

1 cup ricotta cheese, drained  (full fat)
1 large sprig of fresh rosemary leaves, chopped
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 Tablespoon olive oil
grated zest of 1/2 lemon
1/4 cup room temperature goat cheese
pinch of crushed red pepper
pinch of kosher salt, more to taste

Preheat the oven to 375°F.

Heat the olive oil on a small pan, add the rosemary leaves. When the leaves start to sizzle, turn the heat off, and close the pan.  Let the oil infuse for 15 minutes.  Remove any large pieces of rosemary from the oil, very small bits can be added to the dip.

Combine the ricotta, rosemary oil,  and all other ingredients in a large bowl. Mix well, and transfer to an oven-proof dish. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until bubbly.    Serve right away with crackers or a nice baguette.  It is also good at room temperature.


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While typing this recipe, I realized that I tend to add lemon zest and juice to almost everything I make…   Maybe I should have named the blog Lemony Kitchen. Truth is, just the thought of running out of lemons makes me very uncomfortable.  I will often taste a sauce, a salad dressing, a steamed veggie, and tell myself there’s something missing.   I reach for a lemon, and just a little bit of its juice does the trick.  In this particular recipe, the zest adds a lot, the baked cheese ends up with a lighter “feel”.

Of course, you should go ahead and change this recipe to suit your taste.  Tarragon or dill could be wonderful replacing rosemary.   If you are not fond of goat cheese, it can be left out, or substituted with feta or even another type of creamy cheese.  Maybe a Brie, if you don’t mind multiplying the calories and fat by a factor of 2. Maybe 3.  Who’s counting?   😉

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29 thoughts on “BAKED RICOTTA, TAKE TWO

  1. As someone who is known to buy a small round of Brie or Camembert or a wedge of either and just eating it by myself I don’t need the excuse of company to make something like this. But I’ll resist as my roomy flannel pjs are getting a bit snug. The dish sounds very tasty indeed.


  2. I’ve made quite a few dishes with baked Brie, but never made baked feta before. It sounds and looks great, with all the ingredients I love. I will surely give it a try very soon!
    By the way, I totally identify with your lemon addiction! I too just can’t do without and will always squeeze a bit, or add lemon zest on top of practically everything, including espresso! 🙂


  3. I wish we were having a party in the near future so I could share this! If I make it for just the.boy and I there is a real danger that we will eat all of it. In one night.


  4. This is mysteriously like my last night’s supper, except I had filo pastry top and bottom, with a mixture of ricotta and fetta and eggs and fresh herbs in the middle, and a layer of pre-sweated yellow beets, red peppers and onions. If you were a restaurateur you would call your dish deconstructed cheesy filo pie. In all seriousness I watched Australian Masterchef the other night, who knows why as I never usually watch cooking shows, and they were making pavlovas with no meringue, so why not filo pie with no filo…. but what I really want to talk to you about is this vampire blood business…. I have obviously missed a key post !


    • Indeed, that could be it! Still pretty funny….. I used to pay more attention to the search words leading to my blog, I need to go back inspecting them, some funny stuff to see there, that’s for sure!


  5. This is dangerously tempting and could prompt a delicious slide into dip addiction (always a worry for breadaholics). You had me at rosemary, bacon and red pepper, and now I’m tempted to toss in a few pecans, maybe even some crumbled bacon, just for the crunch. Whoosh, there goes another diet resolution.


    • Very good call… :0) It is handmade indeed. I bought it years ago at Etsy. After seeing your comment, I went back and realized the vendor and store are not there any longer. Too bad. She had beautiful stuff, every piece quite unique, with those characteristic raised “dots” – I am always worried I will break this bowl, it is a favorite….


  6. Spoon please! Cheesy lava! Now that’s a great description. I bet this tasted fabulous. I would love some on a toasted baguette. And the more goat cheese the merrier for me. 🙂


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