Honeyed Rosemary Ricotta Dip and some bee news

April 27th, 2015 Posted by Appetizers, Happy Hour at Home, Snacks No Comment yet

ricotta rosemary honey dip

This dip is so simple and comes together in minutes. It’s great for a last minute appetizer or to take to a backyard cookout. My friend bought the stuff to make this dip, came over, and made it while I opened the wine – THAT is how easy and fast this dip is. It’s herby, it’s peppery, and it’s a little sweet, so bread or even seeded crackers. 

All you do is chop up some fresh rosemary. We have some in the garden going right now. It grows everywhere here in Oregon, and it overwinters well too. 

I added some pink sea salt and fresh ground black pepper. 

happy hour at home ricotta rosemary honey dip

happy hour at home ricotta rosemary honey dip

I’m a little obsessive about my honey. I like it raw and unfiltered. My favorite honey right now is Heavenly Honey. But Hanna’s Honey is also really good! The biggest thing about honey is to find raw honey and to buy it locally. You’ll get the best flavor, support the bees, and it will be the best for you. Raw honey has a deep and rich flavor-nothing like the filtered and heated commercial honey. I have also had good luck finding lovely honey at the Corvallis Brew Supply store. Yup, that’s right! Beer brewers and mead makers use honey all the time, and I just purchased 3 pounds for less then 14 bucks! Plus they sell it in Mason jars. I’m powerless to anything sold in a Mason jar. Their honey comes from Corvallis too, from the Queen Bee Honey Company. If you are looking to use honey to aid you in summer allergies, be sure to use a local honey. It will contain more of the pollen that come from your area, which means you’ll have a greater chance in combating those seasonal summer allergies.  

Using raw honey isn’t only good for you, but in case you haven’t heard, the bees need our help, folks! They are still in danger and reducing in numbers. This week, Whole Foods shared an article on Fast.Co that basically said, without changes, our salad bar would look like this

So what can we do as cooks, as bakers, as eaters? Here’s some simple ways to help the bees. Whole Foods also has some awesome (and way cute) materials about bees and other pollinators.

But hey, this is happy hour, right!? Let’s get on with the eating. 

So this dip is ready to get mixed up and served! I have it here with a crusty baguette, but crackers or even pita chips are delicious too. 

happy hour at home ricotta rosemary honey dip

 

Looking for the cocktail that goes with this recipe!? You’ll find it here: Grapefruit White Wine Spritzer

Honeyed Rosemary Ricotta Dip and some bee news
 
Recipe Type: Dip, Appetizer, Happy Hour at Home
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 2 cups
Ingredients
  • 1-15 oz container ricotta cheese, part-skim or whole
  • 4 tablespoons fresh rosemary leaves, chopped fine
  • 3 tablespoons raw, local honey
  • 1/2 tsp pink himalayan salt, or kosher salt (or to taste)
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh ground black pepper (or more, to taste)
Instructions
  1. Mix all the ingredients in a small bowl. Transfer to a serving platter or bowl, and serve with sliced bread or crackers. This dip would also be excellent with fresh figs, peaches, or plums.
 

 

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Blue scarf, vintage, Oscar de la Renta

Stoneware bowl, vintage, Robinson Ransbottom (RRP) Roseville Ohio, Blue Band pattern 

If you want to know more about why you should use raw honey, check out this article

Have leftover ricotta? Try these ricotta orange pancakes. So rich! Perfect for Saturday morning, or a breakfast for dinner night. 

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