BLTs with Ricotta Ranch Dressing

I made BLTs with some change-ups: Instead of red tomatoes, it was Fried Green Tomatoes (page 85); instead of lettuce, it was wild or baby arugula; and instead of mayo, Ricotta Ranch Dressing. The bacon was applewood-smoked from Oscar’s Smokehouse in Warrensburg, NY.

Ricotta Ranch Dressing recipe follows.


  • 1 cup fresh ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream or half-and-half
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce, or to taste
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons grated red onion
  • 1 clove garlic, pasted
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh chives
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
  • Salt and pepper


In a small bowl, stir together the ricotta, cream, lemon juice, hot sauce, onion, garlic, and herbs; season with salt and pepper.

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