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Easy Luscious Whipped Ricotta Recipe

Easy, entertaining ideas. Luscious, creamy Whipped Ricotta with honey and chopped pistachios. The perfect Mediterranean Dessert! Dessert Boards are a great conversation starter.

Creamy whipped ricotta with honey and chopped pistachios surrounded by dates, figs and fresh fruit!

Ricotta is delicious but whipped into a creamy dip; it is heaven! It makes a fantastic appetizer or Mediterranean-style dessert board. This Whipped Ricotta recipe comes together in ten minutes. What’s beautiful about creating a platter or board is it takes mindful care and attention. The careful placing of fruits and cheese, deciding what goes where, is a joy unto itself. I can picture my family as they ooh and ahh over the presentation.

Buy the best Whole Milk Ricotta possible. It makes a difference. Many manufacturers take shortcuts now and add Carageenen and Gums. Who needs that? The consistency is not the same and if you taste

many ricottas you will notice the difference. I love Organic Valley. I also look for imported Italian Ricotta which usually is free of fillers.

According to Healthline:

Ricotta is an Italian cheese made from the watery parts of cow, goat, sheep, or Italian water buffalo milk that are left over from making other cheeses. Ricotta has a creamy texture often described as a lighter version of cottage cheese.

A 1/2-cup (124-g) serving of whole-milk ricotta contains:

  • Calories: 186
  • Protein: 9 g
  • Fat: 13 g
  • Carbs: 9 g
  • Sodium: 6% of the DV
  • Calcium: 20% of the DV

Common Culinary Uses of Ricotta

From Wikipedia: 

“Like mascarpone in northern Italian cuisine, ricotta is a favorite component of many Italian desserts, such as cheesecakes and cannoli. Also, a variety of different cookies include ricotta as an ingredient.

Ricotta can be beaten smooth, mixed with condiments, such as sugar, cinnamon, orange flower water, and occasionally chocolate shavings, and served as a dessert. This basic combination (often with additions such as citrus and pistachios also features prominently as the filling of the Sicilian cannoli and layered with slices of cake in Palermo’s cassata. 

Combined with eggs and cooked grains, then baked firm, ricotta is also a main ingredient in Neopolitan pastiera, one of Italy’s many “Easter pies.”

Ricotta is also commonly used in savory dishes, including pasta, calzone, stromboli, pizza, manicotti, and ravioli.”

Ingredients in Whipped Ricotta

  • Whole Milk Ricotta Cheese – buy the BEST!
  • Honey – Look for local honey
  • Olive Oil – Adds a creamy texture
  • Chopped Pistachios – that salt against the sweet – Yum!
Delicious, whipped ricotta with honey and pistachios

Whipped Ricotta Platter

  • Whipped Ricotta Drizzled with Honey and Chopped Pistachios
  • Fresh Figs whole or cut in half
  • Apples – sliced
  • Pears – sliced
  • Grapes
  • Bread – toasted or fresh
  • Crackers
  • Strawberries
  • Medjool Dates – seedless

Luscious, Whipped Ricotta Recipe

How To Make Whipped Ricotta

Put 16 ounces of Whole Milk Ricotta, 2 Tablespoons of good Olive Oil, and 1 Tablespoon of Honey in a High- Speed Blender or Mixer.
Blend until smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the blender if needed. Remove from the blender with a rubber spatula.
Keep chilled while preparing the platter. Remove 5 minutes before serving.

Serving Ideas

  • Serve with a toasted sliced baguette
  • Serve with sliced pound cake and strawberries
  • Delicious over waffles or pancakes
  • Serve with sliced peaches on a piece of toast
  • Lovely for breakfast with fresh fruit
  • Serve at a dinner party with our Chicken and Herbs de Provance 

Variations on Whipped Ricotta

  1. Whip the Ricotta with Lemon and Sea Salt
  2. Whip the Ricotta and top with savory herbs like Basil and Rosemary
  3. Serve your Whipped Ricotta with Balsamic Syrup and top with chopped Tomatoes, Garlic, and Basil
I hope you enjoy making this lovely, versatile recipe for your family and friends! 
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Luscious, Whipped Ricotta Recipe
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Easy, Luscious, Whipped Ricotta Cheese Board Recipe with a drizzle of honey and chopped pistachios is perfect for holiday entertaining and year-round parties. This recipe is the ideal Mediterranean Dessert! Also, dessert Boards are great conversation starters. 

  • Author: Sherie Friedlander
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 Minutes
  • Total Time: 15 Minutes
  • Yield: 8 Servings
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Blender
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean Diet
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Ingredients


  • 16 oz. Ricotta


  • Honey – 1 – 2 Tablespoons


  • Olive Oil – 2 Tablespoons


  • Chopped Pistachios – 1/2 cup


  • Fresh Figs – 6 Figs whole or cut in half


  • Apples – 2 sliced


  • Pears – 2 sliced


  • Grapes – 1 large bunch


  • Strawberries – 1 cup


  • Bread – toasted or fresh


  • Crackers – regular or gluten-free


  • Medjool Dates – 6-8 seedless

Instructions

  1. Put Ricotta, Olive Oil, and Honey in a High-Speed Blender or Food Processor.
  2. Blend until smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the blender, if needed, with a rubber spatula.
  3. Remove from the blender with the rubber spatula and place in a serving bowl. Cover bowl and keep chilled until serving. Drizzle with Pistachio Nuts and Honey.
  4. On a large wooden board or serving board, place the bowl of creamy ricotta in the middle and surround the bowl with the fresh fruit, crackers, and sliced baguette. You can add a bowl or two of various nuts and some chilled wine, and you have a beautiful appetizer ready to enjoy with your guests. If you have a large group, you can keep a second bowl of the ricotta dip chilling.

Notes

We love serving this at dinner parties for dessert. It’s always a hit!

*If preparing beforehand, keep the sliced apples and pears in a bowl with 1/2 lemon squeezed into enough water to cover the fruit.  Prevents oxidation.

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