Roasted Red Pepper Dip


3 large red bell peppers
2 cloves garlic, unpeeled
1/2 to 1 cup ricotta cheese, drained
1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt


Heat broiler or grill. Roast peppers and garlic cloves on a foil-covered broiler rack, turning as needed, until skins blacken on all sides, about 30 minutes. Place peppers in a small paper bag (or place in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap) until cool. Remove skin and seeds. Place peppers in a food processor; squeeze roasted garlic out of skins into the processor. Pulse until nearly pureed. Add 1/2 cup ricotta cheese and salt to taste; pulse until well-blended, adding more cheese if needed for dipping consistency.

Note: This dip goes well with toasted Italian-bread slices or your favorite chips. Add more garlic or additional chopped herbs, if you like.

Makes 3/4 cup.

Chicago Tribune


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