'/> Sharing My Joy: Recipe: Ricotta and Pesto Spread with Homemade Tomato Jam

Monday, December 15, 2014

Recipe: Ricotta and Pesto Spread with Homemade Tomato Jam

Need an appetizer to bring to a holiday party or serve on Christmas? This one is super tasty and festive! Savory jams have been popular recently - onion jam, bacon jam, and tomato jam. They're super easy to make! This recipe is inspired by an appetizer I had recently at Nordstrom's restaurant, Ruscello. I made the tomato jam, and then just layered the ingredients - so good!

For the tomato jam:

1 1/2 lb roma tomatoes (about 6)
1 cup sugar
2 Tb lemon juice
1 jalepeno, seeds removed and finely chopped (optional)
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp salt

Combine all in a medium saucepan, bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring often. Simmer for about 1 hour or until thickened. Pour into mason jars and chill in refrigerator.

For the spread:

Layer ricotta, pesto (I used store bought) and jam in mason jar or low serving bowl. It is best when all ingredients are chilled. Serve with crostini or crackers.

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