Use store bought or homemade ricotta to create this delicious dish. Photo / Eleanor Ozich

Baked Ricotta With Thyme, Orange & Olives

This baked ricotta is a cheese lover's dream - simple, delicious and perfect for your next platter

The soft and delicate flavour of ricotta is perfect for soaking up all kinds of delicious flavours, and on this occasion I’ve topped the cheese with thyme, orange zest and olives. This is a stunning addition to your cheese platter, especially served alongside some rustic seed or oat crackers.

Serves 4–6 as a starter

1 cup whole milk ricotta
1/4 cup olives
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Zest of 1 orange
Small handful of fresh thyme
1/2 tsp dried chilli flakes
Pinch of sea salt and pepper

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.

2. Place the ricotta in a baking dish. Scatter over the olives and then drizzle with the olive oil and sprinkle with the orange zest, thyme, chilli flakes, and a pinch of sea salt and pepper.

3. Bake in the oven for 20–25 minutes until the ricotta is golden around the edges. Leave to cool and serve at room temperature.

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