5-minute Ricotta Garlic Herb Dip

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Ricotta Dip - Herbs, herbs, herbs, and some other ingredients (Photo by Erich Boenzli)
Herbs, herbs, herbs, and some other ingredients (Photo by Erich Boenzli)

This garlicky, herby ricotta dip is ready in 5 minutes, and that’s a good thing. As soon as you start chopping the fresh basil leaves and start smashing the garlic cloves, you want to start dipping. Chopping releases the essential oils of the herbs, while smashing garlic cloves does the same to the garlic.

Ricotta Dip - Pita chips are one of the many options for dippers (Photo by Erich Boenzli)
Pita chips are one of the many options for dippers (Photo by Erich Boenzli)

Once you have everything ready, grab a bowl and start adding ricotta cheese, Greek yogurt, lemon juice, and olive oil. Mix it all together and season with salt and pepper. Taste it. Make sure it’s right where you want it to be. Don’t be afraid to add more lemon juice or olive oil or salt or pepper. You have your own taste buds and your own olive oil. No recipe knows what you like best. The amounts given in a recipe work for the person who wrote that particular recipe, using a particular type of olive oil, with a particular type of salt, and unique taste buds. 

Ricotta Dip - Carrots and celery, always a good choice (Photo by Erich Boenzli)
Carrots and celery, always a good choice (Photo by Erich Boenzli)

Anyway, once you’ve found your balance for the base, smash a couple garlic gloves with the side of a chef’s knife and mince. Smashing them first (with the skin on) makes it super easy to peel them – they basically peel themselves. Next, roll up your basil leaves and cut them, perpendicular, in strips; the fancy word for this technique is chiffonade. Chop the parsley (I prefer flat leaf Italian parsley) and sage and add everything to the bowl. Mix well, and yes, taste again. I cannot stress enough how often I hear from hobby chefs that they are disappointed with the cooking results although they followed the recipe exactly. Did you taste in between? If you didn’t taste until the end…well, that’s often too late.

 

I like my Ricotta Garlic Herb Dip with chips. But of course, cut some celery and carrots and that works too. I haven’t tried dipping Dietz nuts yet, but hey you never know…..

 

Let me know what your favorite herb combo for this dip is. I want to try it. And what’s your favorite dipper with your dip?

 

Garlic Fun Facts

  • Garlic (Allium Sativum) is a member of the Amaryllis family (Amaryllidaceae), which also includes leeks, onions, and shallots. It is a perennial with an underground bulb (head) composed of pungent bulblets, commonly called cloves.
  • The pungent flavor of garlic is caused by a chemical reaction which occurs when the garlic cells are broken. The flavor is most intense shortly after cutting or chopping. This chemical reaction cannot occur after garlic is cooked, which is why smoked garlic is sweet and nutty rather than pungent.
  • Garlic was even once used to treat acne, warts, and toothaches.
  • The psychological term for fear of garlic is alliumphobia.
  • The smell of garlic can be removed by running your hands under cold water while rubbing a stainless steel object.
  • The majority of garlic (90%) grown in the United States comes from California.
  • If your rose garden is being attacked by aphids, an excellent home remedy to get rid of them is to spritz the leaves and blooms with a mixture of crushed garlic and water.
    Source: mobile-cuisine.com

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Ricotta Dip - Carrots and celery, always a good choice (Photo by Erich Boenzli)

5-minute Ricotta Garlic Herb Dip

This garlicky, herby ricotta dip is ready in 5 minutes, and that’s a good thing. As soon as you start chopping the fresh basil leaves and start smashing the garlic cloves, you want to start dipping.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 15 oz (400 g) ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 c (150 g) Greek yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil (plus extra to drizzle)
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 c fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/2 c fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp sage, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp salt (to taste)

Instructions
 

  • Mix ricotta cheese, Greek yogurt, extra-virgin olive oil, lemon juice, and season with salt and pepper
  • Taste, add more of any of the above to your liking
  • Add garlic, basil, parsley, and sage
  • Taste, add salt and pepper if necessary
  • Mix well, drizzle some extra-virgin olive oil on top, and serve with your favorite dippers

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10 Comments
  • Emily
    January 29, 2020

    This looks sooo yummy! I’ll definitely be trying this out at the weekend- I’m addicted to garlic!
    Emily x

    • maplewoodroad
      January 29, 2020

      Great! Almost everything tastes better with garlic. Am I right or am I right? Please visit us again and let us know what you think! 🙂

  • Chinenye
    January 29, 2020

    This looks really yummy. I’ll save this so I can try it out soon.

    • maplewoodroad
      January 29, 2020

      Thanks! Please visit us again and let us know what you think! 🙂

  • Beth
    January 30, 2020

    Pinned! This sounds absolutely amazing! I love ricotta cheese!

  • Jessica
    January 30, 2020

    5 stars
    5 minutes for this? You bet! This will be great to have on hand for when the kids get hungry.

    • maplewoodroad
      January 30, 2020

      Yes, just 5 minutes! And it’s so tasty & refreshing, your kids will love it! 🙂

  • dina
    January 31, 2020

    Honestly I can’t stop thinking about how delicious this is going to be. Next time I’m in ShopRite I’m getting everything to make this. Thank you for the idea!