Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Bruschetta Ricotta Cheese Spread

We enjoy Bruschetta which is a simple Italian appetizer consisting of grilled bread lightly brushed with olive oil and rubbed with garlic. From here the varieties are abundant. We enjoy this prepared bread topped with a simple tomato and fresh basil mix or with an added dimension of this ricotta spread.

Ricotta Cheese Spread

1 cup ricotta
2 tablespoons fresh basil chopped
1 clove roasted garlic minced
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
2 Tablespoons chives chopped
1 or more tablespoons of grated parmesan

Mix all of these ingredients and store in refrigerator until ready to use. When your bread and tomato topping is ready arrange on plate and serve.

Tomato Topping:

3-4 roma tomatoes chopped with liquid drained
1 clove minced roasted garlic
chopped fresh basil (amount to taste)
Small amount of olive oil to just coat ingredients and salt and pepper to taste

Mix together and serve fresh on toasted slices of bread.

Bread sliced and toasted/grilled with olive oil and garlic

 Spread the toasted bread with the ricotta mixture and top with tomato/basil mix and enjoy. You can also offer an olive tapenade to your serving platter which will go well with the ricotta spread.

Here's the link to Kathy's method of roasting garlic.


  1. Now - "thatsa beautiful thing" - as they say!!! Looks delish!!!

  2. Yummy! I'll be sure to try this one.