Herbed ricotta with toasted sesame

This simple ricotta dip gets a toasty kick from sesame seeds, and pairs especially well with pita chips.


  1. Heat a small pan on medium-high and gently toss the sesame seeds for a couple of minutes, until toasted.
  2. Immediately remove them to a bowl to cool. In a large bowl, beat the ricotta for a minute until light and fluffy. Stir in the cream, half of the collected lemon zest, 1 tablespoon of the chopped parsley, the salt, and 2 tablespoons of the sesame seeds.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the remaining sesame seeds, lemon zest, and parsley.
  4. Transfer the ricotta to a serving dish, drizzle with olive oil, and garnish with the sesame seed-lemon-parsley mixture. Serve at room temperature.

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