There are flavors that go well together and then there are flavors that are made for each other. This is one of those, “made for each other” flavors. Lemon and thyme are always great together, but then add a touch of honey and wow, flavor explosion.
Last week I mentioned a Twitter recipe contest run by my local newspaper. This was the actual winning recipe that was tweeted in 140 characters or less. I had a feeling it had to be special.
Using the ricotta cheese as a vehicle for the lemon, thyme and honey makes this a wonderful pre-dinner appetizer. With its lemony and herby profile, I knew it would be a perfect match for our Pinot Gris. I had to crack open a bottle to confirm my suspicions. I was correct, the perfect pairing. Needless to say, we’ll be making this a lot.
No cooking skills are required for this recipe!
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8 ounces whole milk ricotta cheese
Juice and zest of one lemon
1 Tablespoon honey plus more for topping
1-1/2 teaspoons fresh thyme, chopped, plus more for garnish
Salt & pepper to taste
Heat oven to 400o F. Place bread slices on a baking sheet and brush both sides of the bread with oil. Bake until golden brown, 4 to 5 minutes per side.
Mix ricotta, lemon juice and zest, 1 Tablespoon honey, 1-1/2 teaspoons fresh thyme, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Spread over cooled bread slices. Top with more honey and thyme.
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Barbie with a T says
I give this recipe a 10 and three perfects. Perfect ingredients, perfect photos and perfectly simple. I will make this soon. As soon as I get some ricotta and fresh thyme. Thanks!
What an elegant and gourmet appetizer… nicely done!
Lena in VT says
I am going to make these for a little party this weekend…thanks!
amazing. i’ll bet it would be great with chevre instead of ricotta, too!
At first I thought that was goat cheese on top. The ricotta looks amazing! Great photos Cathy, thanks for sharing the recipe!
How did they get all that deliciousness in 140 characters?? I’d love to see the original tweet. Think I’ll try this recipe over the weekend, maybe along side some oolong, or maybe Earl Grey tea. MMM!
Noble Pig says
Mix 8ozRicotta+juice/zest1Lemon+1TblHoney+s&p+1.5tspThyme. Spread over crostini, top w/honey, fresh thyme
Cathy – that looks so simple but so good! Can’t wait to make this – I imagine its a great appetizer while letting the grill get to heat in the summer.
Hope you are having a great weekend!
donna from yumma yumma says
Super yumma yumma!!! I’m not a huge fan of lemon in a savory way but it does pair perfectly with herbs like thyme. And I love a good honey. Yum, I can’t wait to try this!!
I guess great minds think alike… the first thing I thought when I saw the recipe was how great it would be with chÃ¨vre! Either way, I’m trying it.
The girls are coming over to scrapbook on Friday night AND I still have a bottle of your Pinot Gris. Girls night sounds like the perfect pairing with Lemon Thyme Bruschetta. I cant wait to try it!
Anne from Olympia says
This recipe is really, really good. An elegant appetizer.