Rosemary Lemon Ricotta Cheese Spread

YUM! Creamy cheese, yes please!

My inspo for this recipe comes from a local Knoxville restaurant, Emilia. The chef, Matt Gallaher is ah-mazing at creating flavor profiles that quite frankly make you and your taste buds jump for joy. No detail is over looked and consistency is never in question. One-hundred percent of the time you get exactly what you’re expecting - meal perfection.

Which brings me to this ricotta cheese spread. I am in no way comparing my recipe to Chef’s Matt’s, (because that would just be silly) the two taste totally different but I will say my version scaled pretty high among my taste testers. The lemon really adds a brightness while the nutmeg adds a little surprise flavor that makes you go “yum, what is that?’

Super simple and quick, this would be a great party appetizer! Give it a try and let me know what you think by tagging #DesocioInTheKitchen .

lemon and rosemary ricotta cheese spread
lemon and rosemary ricotta cheese spread


4 Tbsp. olive oil, divided
1 garlic clove, grated on a microplane
8 oz container of ricotta cheese - short of making your own, don’t skimp here - buy a good brand
4 oz cream cheese - room temperature
pinch of fresh nutmeg
1/2 tablespoon fresh rosemary chopped - divided
1 lemon - zested
1/2 lemon juice
Salt and pepper to your taste
Toppings: Chopped rosemary, sea salt and olive oil


  1. In a food processor, pulse together ricotta, cream cheese, 2 TBL olive oil, nutmeg, 1/4 tbl rosemary, lemon zest, lemon juice, grated garlic, salt and pepper.

  2. Once combined, scoop out into a low bowl. For a pretty presentation spread and smooth out the top.

  3. Sprinkle on the remaining chopped rosemary, a little sea salt and olive oil.

  4. I like to serve this with warm crunchy bread but it would also be good with raw vegetables.

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