This dip is packed with flavor
15 ounces (about 2 cups) whole milk ricotta
1 large lemon, zested and juiced
2 large cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Extra-virgin olive oil
Small crackers or slices of baguette, to serve
Step 1: Heat the oven to 375°F. Lightly grease a 1/2- to 1-quart gratin dish or baking pan.
Step 2: Mix the ricotta, lemon juice and zest, garlic, chives, and salt, and a generous quantity of fresh black pepper. Spread in the baking dish and drizzle with olive oil. (At this point you can cover and refrigerate the ricotta overnight, if desired.)
Step 3: Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until hot. Drizzle again with olive oil.
Step 4: Serve immediately with crackers for dipping.
Step 5: Serves 6 to 8 as an appetizer