FLUFFY. WHIPPED. RICOTTA. TOAST. Drizzled in olive oil. Tons of flaky sea salt. Yes yes yes! This savory whipped ricotta appetizer is ready in under ten minutes and served on toasted Italian bread.
I'm so excited to share this copycat Misi Whipped Ricotta Toast recipe with my fellow New Yorkers and Misi lovers!
The first time I ever had whipped ricotta crostinis was at Misi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Fortunately for me, the friend I went with is a psychopath that doesn't like cheese so I ate all three slices! Unfortunately for me, getting to Williamsburg on the L train is an absolute pain and getting a reservation at Misi is even worse. Eventually, I began to see this appetizer pop up at various different restaurants for a whopping $15 and like most people I said "this can't be that hard to make at home???"
Et voila! Turns out it's ridiculously quick, cheap, and easy to make this vegetarian appetizer at home in a food processor. We're talking less than 10 minutes!
How to make Whipped Ricotta Toast - Ingredients and Instructions
Making whipped ricotta may sound like quite an undertaking. But honestly, it's a quick lunch for me in between meetings. You know when the one meeting ends 10 minutes early before the next half hour point? Yeah, you can have this ready and scarf it down before the next.
But that's not the point. Whether the goal is an elegant appetizer that you can whip up (haha, no pun intended) for entertaining at a dinner party or a quick snack, you now have something in your arsenal to impress!
Use the highest quality whole milk ricotta you can find, whether it's making it fresh at home or getting some from a local dairy farm at the farmer's market. It completely changes the taste of the ricotta, but store-bought is completely fine. The fresher the ricotta, the better aeration you'll get for a light and creamy result.
- Whip the ricotta. All you have to do is aerate the ricotta with the EVOO and heavy cream mixed in until it's smooth and fluffy. You can do this with a rubber spatula, a whisk, a blender, or preferably whip the ricotta in a food processor for up to 5 minutes. The food processor gives the fluffiest, smoothest texture that's ideal. Toast your Italian bread while you're whipping the ricotta.
- Pipe the ricotta. Spoon the ricotta into a Ziploc bag or decorating bag. Be sure to push the ricotta towards the tip you're going to cut to prevent air bubbles. Cut a dime sized tip, and pipe it on toast in a snake motion.
- Serve. Misi only sprinkles the toast with a bit of flaky sea salt but I love it with an extra drizzle of olive oil.
I recommend adding a side salad, charred peppers, or some fruits to go with it to make it a whole meal!
The best part is that you can make so many different variations of this toast. Keep the base of the recipe the same and add truffles or sautéed vegetables like peppers, broccolini, snap peas, etc
While I chose to make it a bit more savory by adding olive oil and my favorite flaky sea salt, you can go the opposite way!
A few people told me that they would completely omit the olive oil in this recipe make whipped ricotta toast with jam instead, making it the perfect breakfast. I'll personally be adding some grilled caramelized peaches to mine with some honey. I meannnn... drooooool! Check out this recipe for a sweet version of the toast with honey and figs, or these Jumbo Stuffed Pasta Shells with Lemon Basil Whipped Ricotta!
Frequently Asked Questions
Store any extra whipped ricotta in an airtight container in the fridge. Mark the expiration date for the ricotta. For use the next day, toast your bread and follow the piping steps.
Yes! The more, the merrier. You can use the serving size toggles to make more.
You can use leftover ricotta for a dip with crostini, add it as a pizza topping, use it in this Jumbo Stuffed Pasta Shells with Lemon Basil Whipped Ricotta recipe.
I'm all for making things ahead and having it ready.
You can make whipped ricotta a day or two ahead and store it in the refrigerator in a sealed piping bag or a container until ready to use. Pipe it onto toast when ready to serve and drizzle with olive oil and flakey salt.
More Delicious Appetizers to indulge in
Looking for more appetizers? I gotchu!
- Chutney Cheese Brioche Rolls
- Peanut Chaat
- Honey-Roasted Delicata Squash
- Whipped Honey Ricotta Toast with Figs and Pistachios
Whipped Ricotta Toast
- 4 slices Italian bread
- 1 cup ricotta
- ¼ cup heavy cream
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (and extra for garnishing)
- pinch of flaky sea salt
- Lightly toast your sliced Italian bread in unsalted butter
- In a bowl, whip the ricotta, heavy cream, and olive oil together until smooth and fluffy. You can use a food processor, blender, whisk, or rubber spatula. Whatever you have that will aerate and incorporate the ingredients works. Add more ricotta if it’s too runny, add more heavy cream if it’s too thick.
- Add the filling into a piping bag. Make sure you remove any air bubbles otherwise it’ll disrupt the flow. Cut a dime sized tip and pipe it on your toast.
- Drizzle in olive oil and sprinkle some flaky sea salt on top.
- Aerating the ricotta: Using a food processor to whip the ricotta for a few minutes is how you will get the absolute fluffiest, smoothest ricotta. However, that definitely takes extra time and results in more dishes so a rubber spatula or whisk works just fine.