Sunday, August 11, 2013

Orange-Honey-Ricotta Bites

Golden Blossom recently sent me a sample of their honey to try, and I knew right away where I wanted to start.  I had leftover ricotta cheese in the fridge from making lasagna, and I think honey combines so perfectly with ricotta - something about the earthy sweetness of honey just goes well with creamy, mild ricotta.  I had an orange in the fruit bowl, so I added orange zest and juice to the ricotta for a citrus element.  Then, I spread the ricotta on whole grain crackers and drizzled the whole thing with delicious honey. This proved to be the perfect mid-afternoon pick-me-up with tea -- a little protein, some whole grains, and a touch of sweetness to keep me going until dinner.

This recipe would be really easy to change around depending on what you have in the fridge - switch out the orange for lemon or grapefruit, or sub in goat cheese for the ricotta.  You could also make more of the topping and put it on smaller crackers or crostini for hors d'oeuvres.

Orange-Honey-Ricotta Bites
Serves 1 or 2 as a light snack

1/4 cup ricotta cheese
Zest and juice of 1/2 orange
Salt and pepper
Whole grain crackers, to serve
Good-quality honey, to drizzle

1. In a small bowl, stir together the cheese with the orange juice and zest.  Season with salt and pepper.  Taste, and adjust seasoning.
2. Spread the orange-ricotta on the crackers.  Drizzle with honey.  Eat right away!

Full disclosure: I received a complimentary sample for review purposes.  All opinions/recipe-testing are my own.


  1. Love the salty sweet combo of ricotta and honey - looks delicious! :D

  2. What a nice easy snack - love the citrus in the ricotta. I often use whipped cottage cheese in place of ricotta because it's higher in protein - will have to try this for an afternoon snack for my kids.