A 5-Minute Recipe For Ricotta Spreads – with Variations!
Once you see how easy it is to make your own homemade Lactose-Free Ricotta you will want to use it in as many ways as possible. It provides a fresh, neutral, creamy dairy backdrop for both sweet and savory flavorings, which we highlight here with some suggestions for low FODMAP Flavored Ricotta Spreads.
Whether you are slathering them on low FODMAP bread or using as a dip for vegetables, these super simple spreads will get your own creative brain working to come up with your own versions.
Nothing could be easier; you will simply stir your fresh ricotta together with chopped herbs, spices, veggies and fruit. These are 5-minute recipes – feel free to use these as a jumping off point for your own ideas, staying within the low-FODMAP universe, of course.
Homemade Ricotta vs. Commercial
Have you ever read the ingredient label of commercial ricotta? It is a remarkably clean product containing just milk, vinegar and salt. Unfortunately, since the milk isn’t lactose-free, it is not useful for us.
The good news is that since it is essentially the same as ours homemade, we can suggest trying our homemade version in any of your favorite recipes that call for ricotta. If you do that, you will have created a FODMAP IT!™ recipe!
Please note that the Nutritional Info is very general as each spread has very different ingredients.
Flavored Ricotta Spreads
Flavoring your freshly made lactose-free ricotta couldn't be easier, whether you go sweet or savory. With a gluten-free or sourdough baguette at hand, the possibilities are endless. Or use as a dip! Great with carrot sticks.
Low FODMAP Serving Size Info: Makes about 1 to 1 1/4 cups (240 ml to 300 ml), depending on version; servings size up to 1/2 cup (120 ml)
Green Olive, Garlic and Lemon:
Smoky Paprika & Roasted Red Pepper:
Zesty Orange Marmalade:
For each one of these versions you will simple stir the ingredients together, seasoning to taste with salt and/or pepper if listed as an ingredient. Spreads are ready to use or can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 1 day. (They will last a day or two longer but the flavors will not be as fresh).
Serve the savory spreads with slices of low FODMAP bread or crackers, or as a dip for vegetables such as carrot sticks or spread on spears of endive for a quick appetizer. Try the sweet versions spread on low FODMAP English muffins or toast for breakfast.
- If there is one recipe I fear folks will overlook, it is for our homemade ricotta. Making cheese at home sounds crazy, but it truly is very easy and I implore you to try it at least once!
All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary with brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes and more. For a more detailed explanation, please read our article Understanding The Nutrition Panel Within Our Recipes.
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