Whipped ricotta is one of those things that feels a whole lot fancier than it is. I first discovered my love of whipped ricotta at a local restaurant, Battersby, where they serve it with warm rosemary flatbread for dipping. After that meal, whipped ricotta quickly became my new obsession. While it feels like a luxurious and elevated addition to a restaurant bread basket, it's actually so simple to make at home. I mean it's literally just ricotta that has been whipped. Simple, yes, but let me tell you, there is nothing better than a crostini with whipped ricotta and some fresh grilled stone fruit. Although yesterday was the official start of fall, don't be fooled, this is the perfect time of the year to grill and sit outside with a cheese plate, some cured meats and whipped ricotta with grilled fruit. Throw in some wine and I'll be over in 5.
To make whipped ricotta all you have to do is buy high quality fresh* whole milk ricotta, put it in a food processor and add in a splash of milk or cream (I used half and half). Then whip it for a few minutes until it's a smooth consistency. Salt to taste. (Don't skip this part! I've found that it definitely needs the salt!) Put the ricotta in a nice serving bowl, top with a drizzle of nice olive oil and sprinkle on some fleur de sel and fresh thyme.
*If you can't find fresh ricotta, I've read you can add cream cheese to remove some of the graininess of the commercial brands.
Serve your whipped ricotta with some grilled stone fruit and crostini. I used pluots, which is a hybrid of plums and apricots, and they were delicious. You can follow my instructions on how to grill peaches and apply it to any stone-fruit. I also added in some prosciutto, because why not! You don't really need all the accoutrements, but they certainly don't hurt. You can serve your whipped ricotta with an extravagant spread of fixings or alternatively you can go through an entire box of wheat-thins, mindlessly dipping them in while binge reading Mindy Kaling's new book. (My exciting plans for Friday night.)
Enjoy the last bits of outside dining weather with this delicious snack!