As I mentioned on Friday, I spent my weekend cooking for a wedding (about 100 people) and I’m completely exhausted.  I’ll write more about the wedding, the menu, and the whole experience later.  I still need to process it!

But I thought I would share a fantastic dip with you all that, in hindsight, I would have definitely included on the wedding menu.

It’s a really simple baked dip from Anne Burrell’s latest cookbook, Cook Like a Rock Star.

So check out this rock star dip!

Baked Ricotta

3.38 from 276 votes
Author: Nick Evans
Servings: 5 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Baked ricotta dip mixed with herbs and spices, baked, and served with toasted baguette slices. Perfect for a fall appetizer!


  • 2 Cups ricotta cheese
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 sprig rosemary, finely chopped
  • 1 lemon, zest only
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil, plus a bit for finishing
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1 pinch salt and pepper
  • 1 baguette, sliced and toasted
  • Butter, for baking dish


  • Combine ingredients in a bowl and mix together well.
  • Scoop dip into a buttered, small baking dish.
  • Bake at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes until lightly browned and hot.
  • Drizzle dip with some good olive oil and sprinkle with fresh rosemary.
  • Serve dip with sliced, toasted baguette.



Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 382kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 400mg | Potassium: 198mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 449IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 263mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Appetizers, Dips, Side Dishes, Snack Time

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Baked Ricotta – Mixing the dip

There’s nothing hard about this dip.  It has only a few ingredients, but each of them pack some great flavors.

Baked ricotta cheese
The basics!

Just add your ricotta to a large bowl and stir in the minced herbs, crushed red pepper, and lemon zest.

In my opinion, the lemon zest is the most important thing here.  It’s a great addition to this dip.

Mixing baked ricotta
The zest is so crucial.

Stir this all together really well and scoop it into a small baking dish.

I recommend buttering the baking dish so that the dip doesn’t get really stuck to it.  Not essential, but definitely worth the 5 seconds it takes in my opinion.

Baked ricotta ready
All set to bake.

Bake this dip at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes.  The dip should be lightly browned on top and very hot.

Baked Ricotta Finishing Up

I guess you could use crackers or pita chips for this dip, but I recommend slicing up a sturdy baguette and lightly toasting the bread.  The dip is pretty sturdy and thick so it helps to have a similarly sturdy vehicle to get it into your mouth!

No wussy crackers for this dip.

When the dip comes out of the oven, sprinkle it with some extra rosemary and drizzle on a bit of olive oil.

I housed almost half of this by myself, but it’s definitely meant to serve multiple people!

This simple baked ricotta dip has only a few ingredients but is perfect for a warm quick appetizer. So delicious you won't want to share it!

Make this dip.  It really is rock star.

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