Ricotta Cheese Dip

On Friday of last week, I knew I wanted to make something fun for a snack to celebrate the weekend, but couldn’t decide what. Harris Teeter, a local grocery store in NC, had ricotta cheese on sale that week, so I had a big container of it in my refrigerator. Ever since we had giant clumps of ricotta cheese on our pizza at Alino Pizzeria in Mooresville, the girls and I (and Anthony too) love having ricotta on hand to add to certain meals!

I started looking up recipes on Pinterest for bruschetta-like baguettes with ricotta cheese as the base, but instead, I came across a bunch of different ricotta cheese dip recipes and knew that was the way I wanted to go!

The recipe I followed for the most part was from This Happy Mommy. Next time I make ricotta cheese dip though, I think I am going to roast two heads of garlic in the oven instead of using minced garlic, and maybe add some parmesan cheese in as well! But, here is what I did this time and it was really good!

Mix together (just with a spoon) ricotta cheese, egg whites, salt, red pepper flakes, parsley, minced garlic and lemon juice.

Then, drizzle olive oil on top.

Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes and then broil it for 3-4 minutes.

I probably could have broiled mine longer, but since I used crunchy baguettes for dipping, less broiling was totally fine!

While the dip was cooking, I cut up my baguette, and then while I let the dip cool down, I put the baguette slices right into the oven on broil and they browned up in just a couple of minutes!

All four of us enjoyed this dip, so it is definitely kid friendly! I actually sprinkled extra red pepper flakes on my bites because I like it more spicy. If you are making it for just adults who don’t mind the spice, add a couple more tablespoons of red pepper flakes!

Ricotta Cheese Dip

Ingredients

  • 2 cups ricotta cheese
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 tablespoons parsley
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees

  2. Mix (just with a spoon) ricotta cheese, garlic, egg whites, parsley, red pepper flakes and salt in oven safe dish

  3. Drizzle olive oil on top

  4. Bake for 20 minutes and then broil for an extra 3-4 minutes or until browned on top

  5. Serve with baguettes, crackers or veggies