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Homemade Ricotta Blini with Rosemary & Pine Nuts: A Healthy New Year

by Milisa on January 5, 2012

Virtual Potluck is participating in the Bob’s Red Mill and California Olive RanchHealthy New Year Challenge.  We will be sharing healthy and delicious recipes using different whole grains and olive oils throughout the month of January.  If you are trying to eat a little healthier this year, you will want to keep checking in.  We will have 48 recipes including appetizers, sides, main dishes and even desserts. Plus, California culinary schools can help you find classes if you are just starting to learn the art of healthy cooking.

For the appetizer I used Bob’s Red Mill Hard White Whole Wheat Flour to make blinis topped with homemade ricotta, fresh rosemary, pine nuts and a good drizzle of California Olive Ranch Arbequina Extra Virgin Olive Oil, it sounds fancy doesn’t it?  Well it is super easy and will be the appetizer that is totally impressive to your guests!

My Mom has been telling me that I have to make homemade ricotta cheese.  I have always wanted to make cheese and I’m telling you this could not be easier!  I will never buy it again and I have so many ideas for it.  My Mom stirs fresh rosemary and olive oil into hers and serves it on focaccia bread.  Thanks for the inspiration Mom!

Lucky for you, I have a bottle of California Olive Ranch Abrequina Extra Virgin Olive Oil and a package of Bob’s Red Mill Hard White Whole Wheat Flour to give away!  I’m telling  you that you will love these products!

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Additional Entries:

  • For an extra entry: Follow Bob’s Red Mill, California Olive Ranch and VirtualPotluck’s  on Twitter  and tweet the following, “Win A Healthy New Year Prize Pack from @Missnthekitchen, @CA_EVOO & @Bobs_Red_Mill  http://wp.me/p1Xrnn-1×9 #VirtualPotluck ”  Leave a link back to your tweet here.


Open to US residents only. 

Entries open through Sunday, January 8, 2012.



Be sure to visit Groov-y Foody for the roundup and links to all of the Healthy New Year posts

plus more chances to win!

Be sure to visit the California Olive Ranch online store and use the coupon code BLOGFRIENDS for a 10% discount!

Homemade Ricotta Blinis with Rosemary & Pine Nuts


for blinis:

  •  1 cup Bob’s Red Mill Hard White Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons California Olive Ranch Arbequina Extra Virgin Olive Oil plus more for frying
  • 1 cup milk

for garnish

  • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup California Olive Ranch Arbequina Extra Virgin Olive Oil for drizzling

Cooking Directions:

In a small bowl combine ricotta, salt, rosemary and olive oil.  Set aside.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt.  Add egg, olive oil, and milk.  Stir together just until all combined.

Heat a non-stick skillet or griddle and drizzle with olive oil.  Drop batter by approximate tablespoonfuls, turning when bubbles appear and cook for about 1 minute longer or until lightly browned.

Remove to a paper lined plate to cool.  Repeat with remaining batter.

For assembly:
Spoon about a teaspoon of ricotta over each blini, sprinkle with a few pine nuts and drizzle with a little olive oil.  Garnish with rosemary sprigs if desired.



Disclosure: I was provided with the products for review and giveaway is sponsored by Bob’s Red Mill and California Olive Ranch, all opinions are my own. 



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{ 43 comments… read them below or add one }

Sommer@ASpicyPerspective January 5, 2012 at 12:57 am

What a fantastic recipe and giveaway!!


Connie Lee January 5, 2012 at 2:02 am

Oils made from Arbequina are generally buttery, fruity, and very mild in flavor, being low in polyphenols.


Connie Lee January 5, 2012 at 2:10 am

https://twitter.com/#!/ConnieBolickLee/status/154640017325694976 I tweeted and followed Bob’s Red Mill, California Olive Ranch, and Virtual Potluck’s on twitter


Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray January 5, 2012 at 2:16 am

I’ve heard Arbequina is a top-notch olive! This recipe looks pretty top-notch, too. :)


Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray January 5, 2012 at 2:19 am
Lori S January 5, 2012 at 2:28 am

Just received a bottle of ARBEQUINA and as soon as I pick up some Bob’s Red Mill Hard White Whole Wheat Flour I will be trying these recipes. Have been wanting to make homemade ricotta for ages and now I have an even better reason.


diabeticFoodie January 5, 2012 at 3:08 am

Beautiful! I love homemade ricotta too.


The Food Hunter January 5, 2012 at 4:02 am

great recipe idea


Bonnie K January 5, 2012 at 4:54 am

I like using Arbequina olive oil. I wished California Olive Ranch kept the round bottle.


Bonnie K January 5, 2012 at 4:57 am

I follow all three and tweeted about this giveaway. https://twitter.com/#!/grobiemum/status/154682601314066433


Nelly Rodriguez January 5, 2012 at 7:13 am

I looove blinis, these look fantastic!


Wehaf January 5, 2012 at 7:24 am

I’ve never used an arbequina oil but I’d love to try this variety!


Jan January 5, 2012 at 7:27 am

I like this recipe! Simple flavors that are fantastic together :)
Homemade ricotta is on my list of things to make in 2012!


Wendy Brown January 5, 2012 at 9:15 am

I love the idea of mixing rosemary and the arbequina olive oil into your homemade ricotta. Sounds like a delicious blend!


DessertForTwo January 5, 2012 at 10:45 am

I love it when you use that plate! :)


Willie January 5, 2012 at 10:52 am

Where were these today!? I was robbed!


Cookin' Canuck January 5, 2012 at 10:53 am

I adore blinis and the flavors combined with these ones sounds wonderful. I have yet to make ricotta cheese, but you have definitely inspired me to give it a shot.


DJ January 5, 2012 at 8:40 pm

I love fresh ricotta cheese, once you make it, you will never go back to store bought. I have never tried ARBEQUINA , but maybe in my future.


3oA EATS January 5, 2012 at 11:45 pm

This is right up my alley! Loving the home-made ricotta! The Arbquina is fantastic, and all of the Virtual Potluck bloggers really came through with tasty recipes!


Anjel Tomayko January 6, 2012 at 1:33 am

I am really anxious to try some ARBEQUINA olive oil.


Anjel Tomayko January 6, 2012 at 1:34 am
Rachel Blom January 6, 2012 at 3:31 am

Love the idea of making my own ricotta and interested to try the flavor of the Arbequina Olive Oil.


julie January 6, 2012 at 4:41 am

I would love to try some arbequina oil on freshly baked bread


nik January 6, 2012 at 12:19 pm

Thank you for the superdelicious recipe! For dessert I’d very much like to try California Olive Ranch’s recipe for Arbequina Chocolate Brownies using Bob’s Red Mill Flour:


Carol January 6, 2012 at 9:30 pm

Ohh…to go to Spain again and see the Arbequina grow! :) Lovely recipe which I’ll try for sure with this Arbequina Californina olive oil I purchased last week (before learning of the virtual potluck). It was meant to be!
Thank you.


Linda S. January 6, 2012 at 11:24 pm

I love fresh ricotta, but it’s expensive at the store. I might try making some, now that you’ve said how easy it is. And I’m always looking at different olive oils; am more familiar with Italian ones, but am interested in Spanish olive oil, like arbequina.


Jeff January 7, 2012 at 7:02 am

Looks great, way to use the Arbequina olive oil and wheat flour. They remind me of little pancakes, which I love, but more on the savory side with the ricotta and the choice of herbs. Two Thumbs up!


Catherine January 8, 2012 at 12:53 pm

Lovely recipe for blini! I would love to try some Arbequina olive oil too and make this!


Catherine January 8, 2012 at 12:54 pm
Louis January 8, 2012 at 2:06 pm

I would love to try the Arbequina Olive oil.


Meryl January 8, 2012 at 2:08 pm

Arbequina olive oil sounds delicious. I’d like to try it over pasta and dip a crusty baguette in it.


Carmen January 9, 2012 at 2:58 am

I’d never tried ARBEQUINA olive oil before. These look delicious!


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Christine January 9, 2012 at 8:58 am

I’ve always wanted to grow olive trees. I wonder if arequina would grow in Oklahoma?


Christine January 9, 2012 at 9:00 am
Grishma January 9, 2012 at 9:35 am

Although I have never tried ARBEQUINA olive oil before, I am sure that it is worth to try!


Grishma January 9, 2012 at 9:37 am
Barbara | Creative Culinary January 9, 2012 at 10:02 am

I love the recipe and I also love Bob’s Red Mill Flour…nice giveaway!


Tammy Curry January 9, 2012 at 10:04 am

I love using arbequina in recipes that call for olive oil.


Chris C January 9, 2012 at 10:20 am

Mouth is already watering at the thought of freshly baked bread with a hint of seasoned ARBEQUINA olive oil…even though I’m only learning about it now!! Can’t wait to try my hand at another fantastic recipe Miss! Thanks for the inspiration!!


Angie B. January 9, 2012 at 11:37 am

The virtual potluck password on California Olive Ranch is : Arbequina


Angie B. January 9, 2012 at 11:40 am

Follow Bobs Red Mill, California Olive Ranch, and Virtual Potluck on twitter as @angiewith3 and RT’d giveaway: https://twitter.com/#!/angiewith3/status/156233424124907520

PS the facebook link in your post for Bobs Red Mill didn’t work for me, and the Bob Red Mill link for twitter goes to California Olive Ranch but I found them both and I’m following


apple January 16, 2012 at 11:32 am

I would liek to cook the same riccota, but i’ve never seen Arbequina olive oil on sale at the supermarlets here in China… Such a pity! Well, have to order it from somewhere else!


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