Recipe: Baked Whole Ricotta Cheese

Baked Ricotta

Baked Whole Ricotta Cheese 

Ricotta cheese appears again in my recipe file, this time as an appetizer basted with olive oil, orange zest and savory herbs. The neutral flavor of ricotta pairs well with a final drizzle of a vinaigrette studded with colorful orange zest, crispy fried sage leaves and sundried tomatoes.

When ricotta cheese is baked it becomes firmer. The texture lends itself well to slicing and serving as an appetizer with slices of good bread. Whole milk ricotta works best for this. The ricotta can be store bought or easily made from scratch with my recipe

This is an impressive, easy to prepare appetizer that looks and tastes very elegant.

1 lb whole milk ricotta cheese

1/2 cup olive oil

1 cup sun dried tomatoes, sliced

1/4 cup pitted kalamata olives, minced

1 orange , zested and juiced

1 cup sage leaves fried briefly in olive oil

½ teaspoon coarse sea salt

basil oil, for dressing

1-2 loaves French baguette, sliced

Drain the ricotta for several hours or overnight (overnight is best) by tipping the cheese into a sieve large enough to hold it all and without stirring press it down so it takes on the shape of the sieve. Place the sieve over a bowl to catch the liquid and place in the refrigerator while draining.

Heat the oven to 375 degrees F. Gently tip the ricotta onto a baking sheet to avoid breaking it up and brush it with olive oil (reserve remaing oil for the final dressing). Season well with sea salt. Bake for 35-40 minutes, until the edges of the ricotta are golden brown.

Meanwhile, mix the reaming olive oil,  tomatoes, olives, orange zest and juice together. Right before serving pour over the ricotta, season well with sea salt and the crispy fried sage leaves and add a splash of basil oil for color. Serve whole to be cut into wedges with slices of a  French baguette.

  1. Wow! This is a good one! We never thought it was possible to bake the Ricotta? We will try this soon. Best to you from Montecito, CA.

  2. Congrats on TOP 9 today!!!!!!! On Foodbuzz on this great recipe 🙂

  3. I love Cheese cake 😀 This is just nice and lovely!

  4. I love Cheese cake 😀 This is great and lovely…

  5. Looks lovely. This is so easy to make.

  6. Very impressive presentation love this! Congrats on having such a great recipe for Ricotta, every that reads this must try it, easy and much better than store bought…I made this Wednesday night (Ricotta and used it on a Garlic pizza….fantastic….great job and thanks again for the recipe…Can’t wait to make it again and try this one 🙂

    • kristy
    • October 31st, 2009

    What a wonderful savoury Ricotta cheese recipe! Ricotta is quite expensive over here. So, I don’t dare to use it in my cooking or baking. But I like the way you serve it. Cheers.

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