Make your holiday celebration stress-free this year with this super easy and delicious ricotta dip! All you have to do is blitz all the ingredients in a food processor, and you are good to go.
What is Truffle Oil?
Truffle oil is my favorite thing in the world.
Truffles are a type of fungus, and they look little ugly pieces of brown rock. In spite of their lackluster appearance, they are one of the most sought-after ingredients by top chefs all around the world.
Why, you ask? Well, it turns out that truffles taste (at least to me) like concentrated umami flavor. Umami is similar to what Americans call “savory”; that mixture of richness and saltiness. This is why you’ll see people grating truffles over everything.
Truffle oil is a controversial ingredient because some of the time it’s not actually made from truffles. Most “legit” varieties are made from truffle scraps, but there are some in the market that are made using chemical compounds to replicate the smell and taste of truffles.
Real truffle oil is expensive and hard to find where I live, so I ended up using one that simply carries the aroma of truffles. It’s mostly olive oil with a bit of truffle aroma. If you can’t find truffle oil where you live or don’t want to splurge on a bottle, feel free to substitute it for extra virgin olive oil.
How To Make Ricotta Creamy
I find that store-bought ricotta can end up tasting a bit sandy when you put it in dips.
My solution to this problem is to make ricotta-based dips in the food processor and to add a bit of fat to the mixture. Blending the ricotta with the oil in the food processor ensures that this ricotta dip comes out light and fluffy rather than grainy.
Rosemary, Truffle Oil, and Ricotta Dip
This super easy and delicious ricotta dip is flavored with white truffle oil and rosemary. It's the perfect appetizer for a holiday or New Year's party.
- 1½ cups of whole-milk ricotta cheese
- 1 large garlic clove, minced
- 1 tablespoon of fresh rosemary, chopped
- 1/8 cup of extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon of white truffle oil
- Kosher salt
- Freshly ground pepper
- To serve:
- Good-quality crackers
- Cherry tomatoes
- Other assorted vegetables
- Step 1 Place all of the ingredients except for the olive oil, truffle oil, salt, and pepper in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until the mixture is smooth and creamy.
- Step 2 Add the rest of the ingredients and pulse until well combined.
- Step 3 Transfer to a bowl and serve alongside crackers and fresh vegetables.
Here are other easy appetizers that are perfect for the holidays:
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