There’s only one way to enjoy ricotta toast: it’s with hot honey, pistachios and fresh thyme! It’s the perfect sweet and savory ricotta appetizer that’s so easy to make, even though these toasts look fancy and fabulous!
This ricotta toast recipe is a touch sweet from honey, a touch spicy from harissa paste, and buttery from pistachios. Spread on crusty bread, these ricotta honey toasts look as good as they taste! They are so delicious, in fact, that we’ve eaten them for a light dinner, lunch or even breakfast!
Ingredients for Ricotta Toast Appetizer
- Crusty bread – crusty toasted bread like sourdough is best to spread with creamy ricotta!
- Honey – you can use any type of honey you like! I like simple clover honey.
- Harissa – harissa adds spiciness that’s also smoky and complex.
- Salted pistachios – salted pistachios add a crunch and earthy sweetness with a touch of salt.
- Fresh thyme – thyme and ricotta are a great match! Thyme will add gentle citrus notes.
- Honey – substitute light agave nectar for honey.
- Harissa – substitute red chili paste for harissa.
- Pistachios – substitute toasted hazelnuts for pistachios.
- Fresh thyme – substitute dried thyme or oregano or fresh thyme.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- What is ricotta toast? Ricotta toast is exactly that: creamy ricotta cheese spread on toasted bread! It’s the perfect blank canvas for so many recipes and flavors. Think of bruschetta or avocado toast but with ricotta instead! Ricotta Toast with Hot Honey & Pistachios is my favorite way to enjoy ricotta toast!
- How long does ricotta last? Ricotta lasts about two weeks after opening. Store, covered in the refrigerator, to keep it fresh!
- Can you freeze ricotta cheese? You can freeze ricotta but the texture will change quite a bit, so it’s not recommended.
- What is ricotta cheese? Ricotta is an Italian whey cheese made from the leftovers of producing other cheeses. Ricotta cheese is white, creamy and slightly sweet. It’s fat content depends on the milk used during cheese-making (part-skim ricotta vs. whole milk ricotta). Whole milk ricotta is the creamiest and most flavorful.
- What does ricotta cheese taste like? Ricotta is milky and creamy in texture with a mild, delicate flavor.
Other Favorite Ricotta Recipes on Tastefully Grace!
- Spaghetti with Ricotta Pesto & Zucchini
- Easy Homemade Calzones
- Rustic Italian Meatballs
- Rigatoni with Crumbled Sausage & Tomato Cream
- 8 slices of crusty bread torn into roughly 4-inch pieces
- 1 cup whole milk or part-skim ricotta cheese
- ¼ cup salted pistachios
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 teaspoons harissa paste
- 8 sprigs fresh thyme
- Mix together honey and harissa paste in a small bowl.
- Place pistachios in a Ziploc bag and use the bottom of a water glass to crush nuts into a rough chop.
- Toast your bread in the toaster or under the broiler in the oven.
- Spread each piece of toast with a generous amount of ricotta. Use a spoon to drizzle each piece with desired amount of hot honey. Sprinkle with crushed pistachios, fresh thyme, and a dash of salt.
- Serve while the toast is still crispy as an appetizer, light lunch or dinner!
- I like crusty sourdough bread the best!
- Whole milk ricotta is the creamiest, most flavorful option, but part-skim ricotta also works.