Ricotta Salata with Roasted Garlic, Lemon, and Thyme

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Appetizers and snacks don't have to be labor-intensive whatsoever. Many times, the combination of just a couple of fresh and key ingredients can make the best dish. Such is the case with ricotta. Naturally a little sweet and super creamy in texture, ricotta is one of those ingredients that can take on whatever flavor profile you give it. Here, the sweet and slightly nutty goodness from roasted garlic and fresh herbs make a velvety textured dip that's a perfect creamy contrast to toasted bread slices. And a little sprinkle of course sea salt offers a salty crunch to every bite.

Ricotta Salata with Roasted Garlic and Thyme
1.5 cups ricotta cheese
1 head roasted garlic (recipe here)
1/2 tsp lemon zest
1 Tbsp fresh thyme
freshly ground black pepper
course sea salt
extra virgin olive oil
thinly sliced toasted bread slices

Combine the ricotta cheese, garlic, lemon zest, thyme, and a drizzle of olive oil in a small bowl. Top on toasted bread and sprinkle with some sea salt and black pepper. Serve.

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