Whipped Ricotta Flatbread with Zucchini and Tomatoes

Zan's recipe Flatbread whipped RicottaHere is a fun appetizer I created using some (store bought) pizza dough, ricotta, and some veggies. It’s not too heavy and you can make a little extra whipped ricotta as a dipping sauce.

Ingredients:

For the Whipped Ricotta

  • 1 cup ricotta
  • 2 Tsp. fresh rosemary
  • 8 small cloves roasted garlic
  • 1/2 Tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup goat cheese crumbles
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil

For the Flatbread

  • 1 ball of pizza dough
  • flour for dusting surface and pizza spatula
  • 1/4 Tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 sliced zucchini (with cheese slicer)
  • 5 Roma tomatoes (sliced same thickness as zucchini)
  • 8 leaves of basil (sliced into strips)

Directions for Whipped Ricotta:

Place ricotta, rosemary, roasted garlic, salt, and goat cheese crumbles into the blender, blend on low speed, and slowly add in the olive oil until you reach a smooth consistency.

Directions for Flatbread:

Preheat oven to 500 degrees or grill. (I normally cook pizza on a pizza stone.) Roll out the pizza dough on a smooth floured surface, stretching on the edge of a counter then tossing in the air, as my husband normally does, (getting flour all over the place) until the pizza dough is evenly thinned out. You can leave the edges thicker (similar to regular pizza), which can be used for dipping into the sauce. Place 1/2 – 1 cup of whipped ricotta onto the center and spread to within one inch of the edges. Sprinkle with salt. Add the tomatoes and zucchini. Place onto the pizza stone and cook until the edges brown, and the center is cooked – approximately 5-10 minutes. Remove flatbread and drizzle the olive oil over the top. Sprinkle with the basil. Serve the extra whipped ricotta on the side. Slice into 3″ pieces and serve. Enjoy!!! Serves 4 as an appetizer.

Zucchini hummus with a kick

Zucchini hummus

I have always loved hummus, but sometimes the chick peas or garbanzo beans can get a bit filling. So I looked around to see what else would pair well with tahini and found a great zucchini recipe. I have made some alterations to the one I found, as I thought it needed more tahini, added parsley and less cumin. So here are the ingredients:

  • 3 medium zucchinis
  • ⅓ cup chopped parsley leaves
  • 1- 16 oz. jar of tahini (I prefer organic)
  • ½ cup of lemon juice
  • ¼ cup EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 ½ tsp of salt
  • 1/2 tsp of cumin
  • ¼ tsp of cayenne pepper or add to taste

In a food processor with an “S-blade”, blend the zucchini, parsley, tahini, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, salt, and cumin until smooth and creamy. Add in the cayenne slowly and taste to make sure it meats your preferred level of heat. Store in a container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. This can be served with crackers or carrots sticks. Also great as a spread on a grilled chicken sandwich.

Organic Hummus

My favorite organic Hummus. Ingredients (all organic):

  • 2 cans garbanzo beans
  • 16 oz jar of tahini
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • 1 cup of flat leaf parsley leaves
  • 4 medium cloves of garlic
  • ¼ tsp Paprika
  • ⅔ cup EVOO
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tsp of salt (add 1 at a time)

Place garbanzo beans, tahini, lemon, parsley and garlic into blender and  paprika, puree until chopped. Slowly add olive oil while blending, make sure it is well incorporated. For a smooth consistency, slow add water until you reach desired consistency. Add 1 tsp of salt, and taste. If more salt is required add second teaspoon. Sprinkle with a dash of paprika for presentation. Serve with Pita bread, or julienned vegetables.

Breville Food Processor
My favorite Food Processor by Breville

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