This whipped ricotta dip with honey is an easy and delicious appetizer! It’s made with simple ingredients and can be made in just a few minutes in a blender or food processor. I love serving it with sliced up veggies and crackers!
It’s always good to have a few party snacks and appetizer recipes in your back pocket! This easy whipped ricotta dip is perfect to have for a dinner party because it’s such a crowd pleaser. I served it with fresh vegetables and crackers, but I think it would be so good with toasted bread.
I also tested a version of this creamy dip with fried garlic which I thought was absolutely delicious, but that was slightly more complicated than this one and let me say that it was very, very garlicky. I personally loved that but I know it’s not for everyone! I will write down below how to make that too though.
Why you’ll love this recipe!
- Simple – it is so easy to throw this recipe together. All you need is a blender or a food processor! If you don’t have either, you can still make this by chopping up the herbs and mincing the garlic, then whisking everything by hand.
- Slightly spicy – thanks to the hot honey this dip has a subtle kick to it! Not a fan of spice? Then you can use regular honey!
- Can be made in advance – you can make this dip the day before and store it in the fridge before you’re ready to serve.
Fresh Ricotta: this cheese is made from sheep, cow, goat or water buffalo milk whey. Make sure to use a good quality, whole milk ricotta as it makes a huge difference!
Hot Honey: I used ready made hot honey, but if you don’t have that you can just use regular honey and add chilli flakes in step 1 with the rest of the ingredients. You can also use regular honey if you don’t want this to be a bit spicy!
Rosemary: feel free to use other herbs if you don’t like rosemary! I’ve tried this recipe with thyme which was also delicious.
Olive Oil: I used extra virgin olive oil.
Garlic: you can use fresh garlic or you can use garlic powder or garlic granules.
Step by Step Instructions
Step 1: Add all of the ingredients to a food processor or blender. Make sure you peel your garlic clove first!
Step 2: Blend for 30-60 seconds until the ricotta is smooth. Scoop out into a serving bowl and garnish with a drizzle of honey, black pepper, chilli flakes and flaky sea salt.
Recipe Tips & Tricks
- How to make fried garlic: one variation I did of this dip was with fried garlic! In a small saucepan, combine ¼ cup of olive oil, a sprig of rosemary, and 2 very thinly sliced garlic cloves. Fry over medium-low heat until the sliced garlic is a golden brown. Remove the garlic and place on a paper towel to dry off. Let the oil cool, which has now been infused with garlic and rosemary, and use a tablespoon of that for the dip. Garnish the dip with the fried garlic! Please note, the garlic flavors in this variation is quite strong!
- No food processor? If you don’t have a food processor or blender, you can make this recipe by hand. Mince the garlic using a garlic crusher and finely chop up the herbs. Whisk all of the ingredients by hand until smooth. You could also try whipping up the ricotta with a hand mixer in a medium bowl.
- How to garnish this dip – I love drizzling a little bit of honey on top, then adding some chilli flakes! Or, you could add a drizzle of olive oil or serve it with sun-dried tomatoes or fresh cherry tomatoes on top. Make sure to only garnish this dip just before serving.
Frequently Asked Questions
You can keep the dip in the fridge for up to 3 days. If you’re making this ahead of time, I don’t recommend drizzling the extra hot honey on top or any other garnishes until just before serving!
I served this with sliced up carrots, bell peppers, cucumbers and an assortment of crackers! I also think you could serve it with grilled baguette slices, pita chips, or any other chips. You could also spoon this on top of baguette slices and serve as crostini or ricotta toast!
I have tested this recipe with rosemary and fresh thyme. I think you could try other fresh herbs like mint or basil, but I haven’t tried it with this dip. Let me know if you do!
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Whipped Ricotta Dip
- food processor or blender
- 1 cup fresh ricotta
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tsp hot honey
- 1 garlic clove
- 1 tablespoon rosemary
- red pepper flakes
- In a food processor or blender, blend all of the ingredients for 30-60 seconds. The ricotta should be smooth and whipped. Taste it and see if you need to add any more hot honey, salt or pepper.
- Pour into a serving bowl. You can chill for up to 3 days. When ready to serve, garnish the dip with either hot honey or olive oil, red pepper flakes, and some flaky sea salt.
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