Ricotta Dip with Breadsticks

Description

Indulge in a creamy and flavorful Ricotta Dip paired with crunchy breadsticks for a delightful appetizer or snack. This dip is infused with herbs, garlic, and a hint of lemon zest, making it a perfect complement to the crispy, golden breadsticks. Whether you’re hosting a party or simply enjoying a cozy night in, this Ricotta Dip will elevate your snacking experience.

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Ingredients

Whole milk ricotta cheese
1 cup
Grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup
Sour cream
1/4 cup
Extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons
Clove garlic, minced
1
Fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon
Lemon zest
1 teaspoon
Chopped fresh basil
2 tablespoons
Chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon
Dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Red pepper flakes
(optional, for a bit of heat)
Breadsticks
1 package
Olive oil
2 tablespoons
Garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon
Dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon
Dried basil
1/2 teaspoon
Grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup

Instructions

1. Prepare the Ricotta Dip:

  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine the ricotta cheese, grated Parmesan cheese, and sour cream. Mix until smooth and well blended.
  • Add the minced garlic, extra-virgin olive oil, fresh lemon juice, and lemon zest to the ricotta mixture. Stir to combine.
  • Fold in the chopped fresh basil, parsley, and dried oregano. Mix until all the ingredients are evenly distributed.
  • Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. If you like a bit of heat, add a pinch of red pepper flakes.
  • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.

2. Prepare the Breadsticks:

  • Preheat the oven according to the package instructions if using store-bought breadsticks, or to 375°F (190°C) if making homemade breadsticks.
  • Arrange the breadsticks on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, garlic powder, dried oregano, and dried basil.
  • Brush the breadsticks with the olive oil mixture, ensuring they are evenly coated.
  • Sprinkle the grated Parmesan cheese over the breadsticks.
  • Bake according to the package instructions or for about 10-12 minutes if making homemade breadsticks, until they are golden brown and crispy.

3. Serving:

  • Remove the Ricotta Dip from the refrigerator and give it a quick stir.
  • Transfer the dip to a serving bowl and drizzle with a little extra-virgin olive oil for added richness.
  • Place the bowl of Ricotta Dip in the center of a serving platter.
  • Arrange the warm, crispy breadsticks around the dip for an inviting presentation.
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Additional Serving Options:

  1. Vegetable Platter: Serve the Ricotta Dip with an assortment of fresh vegetables such as carrot sticks, cucumber slices, bell pepper strips, and cherry tomatoes.
  2. Crackers and Chips: Offer a variety of crackers or pita chips alongside the breadsticks for added texture and flavor.
  3. Charcuterie Board: Incorporate the Ricotta Dip into a charcuterie board with cured meats, olives, nuts, and dried fruits for a more substantial spread.

Tips and Variations:

  • Herb Variations: Experiment with different herbs such as thyme, chives, or dill to customize the flavor profile of the dip.
  • Spicy Twist: Add finely chopped jalapeños or a dash of hot sauce for a spicier version of the dip.
  • Nutty Addition: Sprinkle toasted pine nuts or slivered almonds on top of the dip for added crunch and flavor.
  • Make Ahead: The Ricotta Dip can be made a day in advance and stored in the refrigerator. This allows the flavors to develop even more.

Enjoy this delectable Ricotta Dip with breadsticks as a versatile and crowd-pleasing appetizer. Its creamy texture and vibrant flavors are sure to be a hit at any gathering!