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Cheese Crisps with Ricotta Dip

 Cheese Crisps with Ricotta Dip
This Italian-style appetizer is the perfect combination of salty and sweet. My kids gobble up the crisps even without the fruity dipping sauce!
24 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 30 min.


  • 3 slices pancetta or bacon, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1-1/2 cups grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup apricot preserves
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil


  • In a small skillet, cook pancetta in oil over medium heat until
  • crisp. Drain on paper towels.
  • Drop Parmesan cheese by tablespoonfuls onto parchment paper-lined
  • baking sheets about 1 in. apart. Sprinkle with pancetta. Bake at
  • 400° for 5-6 minutes or until crispy and golden brown. Remove
  • from pans.
  • Combine ricotta cheese and preserves; sprinkle with basil. Serve with
  • crisps. Yield: 2 dozen (1-1/2 cups dip).
Nutritional Facts: 1 crisp with 1 tablespoon dip equals 68 calories, 4 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 11 mg cholesterol, 144 mg sodium, 5 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 4 g protein.
Wine: Light-Bodied White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.