Whipped Ricotta with Roasted Sweet Cherries

By Alexandra Caspero on July 27, 2023

The perfect appetizer for summer– whipped ricotta with roasted Northwest sweet cherries! A sweet and savory snack, side dish or small plate for entertaining. Serve as a dip, spread or crostini appetizer.

If you are looking for an easy appetizer for summer–this sweet and savory combination of whipped ricotta and juicy roasted sweet cherries is it!

An unexpected pairing that’s delightful as a dip or served with crusty bread for a crostini. I’m using in-season Northwest sweet cherries for this recipe. You can find them in local grocery stores from now until mid-August.

I highly recommend stocking up and grabbing a few bags– enjoy as many as you can fresh, then freeze for enjoyment all year long. 

Whipped Ricotta With Sweet Cherriess

Ingredients You’ll Need.

You only need a handful of ingredients to make this one:

  • Ricotta Cheese
  • Fresh Northwest sweet cherries
  • Basil leaves
  • Honey
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Fresh black pepper
Pitted Cherries In A Bowl

How to Make Roasted Cherries

The star of this appetizer is the roasted Northwest sweet cherries. Once you try this, you’ll want to spoon these roasted cherries on everything! From yogurt to oatmeal to warm grain salads.

Roasting any fruit at a high temperature concentrates the sugars and, therefore, the flavor.

For the roasted sweet cherries, toss together the pitted cherries with olive oil, salt, balsamic vinegar, and plenty of freshly ground black pepper. I know it sounds odd to pair black pepper with cherries, but the combination is so good together!

Cook at a high heat of 450 degrees, then remove and let cool slightly. Be warned– you’ll probably want to eat the roasted cherries right off the sheet pan!

Crostini With Ricotta And Cherries

How to Make Whipped Ricotta

The whipped ricotta is as easy as it sounds– place in a food processor or blender, then puree until very creamy and smooth. You can also use feta cheese or cottage cheese in place of the ricotta. You’ll whip the same way that you do the ricotta; add to a food processor, then puree until creamy.

For my dairy-free friends, you can find whipped vegan ricotta in the grocery store. Or, there are several whipped vegan ricotta recipes online.

Whipped Ricotta With Cherries On A Plate

Assembling the Whipped Ricotta with Roasted Cherries

Roast the Sweet Cherries

Roast the cherries until juicy and tender, let cool. Roasted Cherries

Whip the ricotta

Whip ricotta until fluffy, then spoon into a serving bowl or spread on a plate. Whipped Ricotta In A Food Processor

Top with the roasted cherries

Spoon the roasted Northwest sweet cherries and their juices on top, then garnish with freshly torn basil leaves and a drizzle of honey. Add more freshly ground black pepper, as desired. Ricotta And Cherries In A Bowl

Serve

Enjoy as a spread with crackers or with toasted baguette slices for a dip. You can also make whipped ricotta toast by placing the whipped ricotta and juicy sweet cherries on a thick slice of toasted bread. This makes for an awesome breakfast!Cherries On Top Of Ricotta

Serving Recommendations

I recommend using whole milk ricotta cheese for the best flavor and texture. For an extra decadent appetizer, try drizzling extra-virgin olive oil on top.

To brighten up the ricotta flavor, it’s also great with a little fresh lemon juice and lemon zest whipped into the ricotta.

I highly recommend using fresh basil as I think it pairs best with roasted sweet cherries. But you can also forgo the fresh herbs together or swap in torn mint leaves.

Appetizer Idea With Ricotta And Cherries

How to Store Leftovers

This whipped ricotta recipe with roasted cherries tastes best as soon as it’s made. If you have any leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the fridge for 1-2 days.

The color of the whipped ricotta dip may alter with the cherry juice after storing it, but the flavor will still taste OK.

Bowl Of Cherries

Health Benefits of Sweet Cherries

There is so much to love about cherries. One serving of Northwest sweet cherries provides 12% of your daily recommended fiber intake, along with potassium and vitamin C. You all know how I feel about fiber– and wish we all were eating more of it. Just two cups of fruit daily can contribute to healthy weight maintenance, diabetes prevention and improved cardiovascular health.

The vitamin C content along with polyphenols, may help contribute to the ‘cherry glow’– skin benefits that come from consuming a diet rich in vitamin C and antioxidants. These powerful antioxidants have anti-inflammatory properties and are supportive of reducing oxidative stress while reducing free radical damage to the skin.

Consuming sweet cherries may also help with better sleep! As one of the few plant sources of melatonin, sweet cherries are a natural and flavorful aid in improving sleep quality. Eating cherries about an hour before bedtime may help stabilize and regulate sleep patterns.

Crostini With Cheese

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Summer Appetizer With Cheese And Cherries

Whipped Ricotta with Roasted Sweet Cherries

  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: oven
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

The perfect appetizer for summer– whipped ricotta with roasted Northwest sweet cherries! A sweet and savory snack, side dish or small plate for entertaining. Serve as a dip, spread or crostini appetizer.


  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: oven
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian
  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: oven
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian
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Ingredients

  • 1 (15 ounce) container of ricotta cheese
  • French baguette, or other good quality bread, sliced and toasted.
  • 1/2 cup fresh torn basil leaves
  • Honey, for topping

Roasted Cherries

  • 4 cups pitted and halved Northwest sweet cherries
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degres F.
  2. Toss the sweet cherries with the olive oil, salt, pepper and balsamic vinegar. Place on a baking sheet and roast for 15 minutes. Remove and let cool.
  3. While the cherries are roasting, make the whipped ricotta. Place the ricotta in a food processor and puree for 2-3 minutes until very creamy in texture.
  4. Spread the whipped ricotta in a bowl or platter. Top with roasted cherries, torn basil leaves and honey, for drizzle.

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    1. Valentina
      September 3, 2023 AT 5:25 pm

      I’m making this for tomorrow. Roasting the cherries now. Will do the ricotta tomorrow and let the cherries get to room temp. Then I will put the basil abd some arugula then cherries and drizzle with hot honey. I’m sure this will be delish.

    2. Lynn Sargent
      August 28, 2023 AT 11:28 pm

      I really enjoyed this! I got cherries from one of the Portland Oregon farmers market and used Kite Hill vegan ricotta. Will be on my list for having again next summer!






      1. Alex
        August 29, 2023 AT 6:18 am

        That ricotta is so good! Glad you liked this one

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