Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Herbed Ricotta and Parmesan Spread


Yum

Herbed Ricotta and Parmesan Spread - perfect as an appetizer for game day or a holiday party. Slice of Southern


The big game is this weekend and it's time to get your game day menu ready!

We always have a small gathering of friends and while we love to gobble up the usual food or burgers, slider, or chili, we also like to have some food that can be labeled "healthier" to nibble on as well.  This could include a salad, fruit and dip or as I'm sharing today a crudité platter with Herbed Ricotta and Parmesan Spread.

Herbed Ricotta and Parmesan Spread - perfect as an appetizer for game day or a holiday party. Slice of Southern



A veggie platter (crudité) along with some crostini is the perfect match to this cheese spread.  It loaded with fresh herbs and cheese, an a bit of olive oil.  It's wonderfully satisfying and makes the perfect snacking platter.  The spread is very easy to put together and you can even make it up to a day ahead which is always handy when prepping for entertaining. 


Herbed Ricotta and Parmesan Spread - perfect as an appetizer for game day or a holiday party. Slice of Southern


HERBED RICOTTA AND PARMESAN SPREAD

Another plus to spread is that it's healthier than a dip made with sour cream and/or mayo!  A nice light ricotta is used is lighter in calories and fat.  A big plus for this dip is that if you have any leftovers (you possibly won't have any!)  can be spread on toast the next morning with a slice pear and a little drizzle of honey!  How perfect is that?  Pretty darn good if you ask me.

Herbed Ricotta and Parmesan Spread - perfect as an appetizer for game day or a holiday party. Slice of Southern


So mix it up with some indulgent game food this weekend along with some healthier options.  You won't regret this spread one bite!

Enjoy!







Herbed Ricotta and Parmesan Spread


15 oz part-skim ricotta cheese
3/4 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
2 Tbls fresh oregano, chopped
1/2 - 1 Tbls fresh chives, finely chopped
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp ground pepper
2 teaspoon olive oil
Optional:  Assorted veggies (I use jicama, bell pepper, carrots, and celery)  Toasted crostini

In a medium bowl add ricotta and using a hand mixer beat on low until fluffy, about 2 minutes.  Add Parmesan and mix to combine.  Add in the herbs, salt and pepper and using a rubber spatula mix by hand until well combined.  Add in the olive oil and mix to combine. 


Cover and chill  a minimum of 1 hour up to a day ahead.
Serve spread with toasted crostini and assorted veggies.  




Herbed Ricotta and Parmesan Spread - perfect as an appetizer for game day or a holiday party. Slice of Southern




Herbed Ricotta and Parmesan Spread - perfect as an appetizer for game day or a holiday party. Slice of Southern









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