This baked ricotta is essentially a creamy, indulgent, crowd-pleasing cheese dip made from three ingredients—ricotta, eggs, and Parmigiano-Reggiano—that’s baked until it’s puffed like a souffle. Serve it with crostini, a drizzle of honey, dried fruits, blanched vegetables, anything, really.
Baked ricotta dip is the very definition of easy entertaining. Seriously. It’s just ricotta, eggs, and Parmigiano-Reggiano beaten and baked until puffed and golden. There’s not even a need to be ever so gentle as you fold the ingredients together as with a soufflé. Entertaining gets no easier and guests are no happier. Don’t forget to prepare to accept accolades because there’s going to be some serious gushing over this rich, indulgent, satisfying little cheese number. Tasting is believing. Set it out on its own with sliced baguette and crackers or crudités or as part of an antipasto platter with charcuterie. Originally published March 25, 2013.–Renee Schettler Rossi
What Do I Serve With This Baked Ricotta?
We’ve been tempted to sidle up to this baked ricotta with nothing more than a spoon and say it serves one. If you’re a little less greedy than us, you can set it out as a light dinner or as an appetizer with wine and scoop it up with or slather it over crostini, dried fruits, blanched vegetables, anything, really. A drizzle of honey along with a sprinkling of black pepper is really quite nice.
- Quick Glance
- 10 M
- 35 M
- Serves 4
- Butter for the baking dish
- 15 to 18 ounces fresh whole-milk ricotta (not reduced fat)
- 2 large eggs
- 3 1/2 ounces Parmigiano-Reggiano, grated
- A few oregano leaves, finely chopped (optional)
- 1 chile pepper, such as jalapeño or serrano,, seeded and thinly sliced (optional)
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Butter a 2-cup baking dish.
- 2. Beat all the ingredients in a bowl with a fork or a standing mixer until well combined. Transfer the mixture to the baking dish and bake until golden and puffed, 25 to 30 minutes, give or take a little depending on how shallow or deep your baking dish.
- 3. Let cool slightly prior to serving straight from the baking dish by the generous spoonful. (Okay, so you can serve the dip hot, but honestly, it’s even more spectacular when allowed to cool somewhat.)