Low Carb Ricotta Herb Dip is great as a dip for vegetables, crackers or chips or as a spread for sandwiches.
I accidentally bought the wrong kind of milk the other day. Instead of throwing it out as my husband wanted, I made ricotta cheese. It is ridiculously easy if you follow this recipe from Ina Garten, and let it sit at least 10 minutes before straining (she says 1 minute).
Or skip that step and just buy some ricotta at the store.
Use any combination of fresh herbs you have on hand. I used basil and chives, but you can also use oregano, rosemary, dill, etc.
The recipe calls for preserved lemons,which are simply lemons that have been cured in salt. The salt draws out the water, magnifying the lemon taste. You can use fresh lemon zest if you prefer.
Ricotta Herb Dip
- 1 pound ricotta cheese
- 3 tablespoons milk or cream
- 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2-4 tablespoons fresh herbs, chopped ((any combination of basil, chives, oregano, rosemary, parsley, etc.))
- 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
- 1 piece preserved lemon, finely chopped (or freshly grated lemon zest)
- salt, pepper and more olive oil to taste
- Whip ricotta, milk and olive oil until smooth.
- Stir in fresh herbs, garlic and lemon.
- Refrigerate at least one hour to allow flavors to develop.
- Add salt, pepper and additional olive oil as needed just before serving.
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