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Baked Ricotta with Bacon and Caramelized Onions

March 14, 2011
Author Notes

An excellent appetizer (and a favorite last-minute solution to unexpected guests). It's also delicious baked in individual ramekins and inverted onto a salad. —Erin McDowell

  • Serves 6-8 as an appetizer
Ingredients
  • 1 1/4 cups good quality whole milk ricotta
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 3 tablespoons fresh chopped herbs (rosemary, thyme, chives, etc.)
  • salt and lots of black pepper, to taste
  • 1 egg white
  • 6 strips bacon, minced
  • 1 onion, minced
  • drizzle of good olive oil (optional)
In This Recipe
Directions
  1. In a small bowl, combine the cheese, garlic, pepper flakes, herbs, salt, pepper, and egg white.
  2. Grease 2 ramekins with olive oil, and pour the ricotta mixture into the ramekins.
  3. Bake in a 350 degree oven until the top begins to brown lightly, about 20 minutes.
  4. Let cool slightly. Meanwhile, heat a skillet over medium heat. Add the bacon and saute until the fat renders, about 3-5 minutes.
  5. Add the onions and saute until the onions are caramelized and the bacon is crisp, about 5-7 minutes more.
  6. Loosen the ricotta from the ramekin using a butter knife or an offset spatula. Top the ricotta with the bacon and onion mixture, and a drizzle of good olive oil, if desired. Serve with bread or crackers.

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