Salted Truffles with Ricotta and Pistachio

Salted truffles with ricotta and pistachio are delicious fast-finger food, ideal for an appetizer with friends. These little balls do not need to be cooked, are covered with pistachio flour and chopped pistachios, and are perfect for a tasty and fast snack! Are also ideal for a super simple last-minute appetizer for a Christmas party.

The recipe is so easy and fast that you can also prepare it together with your kids. 

Salted Truffles with Ricotta and Pistachio
Salted truffles with ricotta and pistachio are delicious fast-finger food, ideal for an appetizer with friends. These little balls do not need to be cooked, are covered with pistachio flour and chopped pistachios, and are perfect for a tasty and fast snack! Are also ideal for a super simple last-minute appetizer for a Christmas party.
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In a bowl, just put the ingredients, mix and form the cheese balls. You can enrich the salted truffles with the ingredients you prefer, such as chopped hazelnuts, sesame seeds, almonds, spices, herbs, cold cuts, and your favorite cheeses.

In this recipe, I also used some bread to make them even richer, then I added ricotta, but if you want, you can also use mascarpone or robiola, all flavored with parmesan and pistachio.

They are delicious, and one leads to another.

What is ricotta?

Ricotta

Ricotta is a dairy product obtained by heating, with or without acidifiers, the whey residual from the cheese processing (re-cooked).

Since it is not produced from curd but from its by-product (whey), ricotta cannot be considered a real cheese.

In various languages, ricotta is known as:

  • whey cheese or whey protein cheese in English-speaking countries
  • serac or recuit or brousse in the French-speaking ones
  • requeson in Spain
  • requeijao in Portugal

The term ricotta usually means the fresh one.

Fresh ricotta has the typical truncated cone shape of the perforated containers in which it is left to drain. Of a more or less candid white color, depending on the type of milk used, it has a fairly soft and grainy consistency, not elastic nor hard.

The smell of fresh ricotta is of warm milk and hay (the latter is more intense in products made from sheep’s milk and even more so in buffalo milk).

The weight is variable and can vary, depending on the type, from 100 g to several kilograms.

In general, despite its humble origins, cow’s milk ricotta is perhaps the noblest of all dairy products today. It has an average energy intake (comparable to that of medium-fat meat or a lean salami), supplied mainly by fats, followed by proteins, and finally by carbohydrates.

What are pistachios?

Pistachios

The scientific name of the pistachio is “Pistacia vera”, a fruit tree that belongs to the Anacardiaceae family. This tree reaches a height of about ten meters and produces the seed, enclosed in a typical woody shell that ripens at the end of summer. Pistachio originates from the East, although today, it is also grown in California, Spain, Italy, and many other areas of the Mediterranean.

Pistachios are rich in fiber, they counteract anemia and constipation, lower cholesterol, and promote a good mood. Pistachios are an extraordinary natural cure-all for our health.

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Now let’s see how to make these salted truffles with ricotta and pistachio!


Ingredients for 10 truffles:

  • 1 slice soft sandwich bread
  • 120 g ricotta
  • 30 g Parmigiano Reggiano
  • 50 g pistachio flour
  • salt
  • For the coating:
  • pistachio flour
  • chopped pistachios

How to do these Salted Truffles with Ricotta and Pistachio recipe step-by-step

To prepare the Salted Truffles with Ricotta and Pistachio, break the slice of bread with your hands and place it in a bowl.

Salted Truffles with Ricotta and Pistachio Recipe

Add the ricotta, parmesan, and salt.

Salted Truffles with Ricotta and Pistachio Recipe

Mix everything with your fingertips until you get a compact dough.

Add the pistachio flour to the bread and ricotta mixture and mix well.

Salted Truffles with Ricotta and Pistachio Recipe

Form the cheese balls with your hands, pass them in the pistachio flour and the chopped pistachios.

Put the truffles in the refrigerator for 1 hour before serving.

Enjoy them!

Salted Truffles with Ricotta and Pistachio Recipe
Salted Truffles with Ricotta and Pistachio Recipe
Salted Truffles with Ricotta and Pistachio Recipe
Salted Truffles with Ricotta and Pistachio Recipe

Substitutions

You can replace the ricotta with mascarpone, robiola, or Philadelphia.

You can add chopped mortadella that goes great with pistachios.

You can enrich them with the spices you prefer.

Storage

Salted Truffles with Ricotta and Pistachio can be stored in the refrigerator for 2 days. Freezing is not recommended.

Salted Truffles with Ricotta and Pistachio

Salted truffles with ricotta and pistachio are delicious fast-finger food, ideal for an appetizer with friends. These little balls do not need to be cooked, are covered with pistachio flour and chopped pistachios, and are perfect for a tasty and fast snack! Are also ideal for a super simple last-minute appetizer for a Christmas party.
Prep Time 10 mins
Chilling Time 1 hr
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine Italian
Servings 10 truffles

Ingredients
  

  • 1 slice soft sandwich bread
  • 120 g ricotta
  • 30 g Parmigiano Reggiano
  • 50 g pistachio flour
  • a pinch of salt

For the coating:

  • pistachio flour
  • chopped pistachios

Instructions
 

  • To prepare the Salted Truffles with Ricotta and Pistachio, break the slice of bread with your hands and place it in a bowl.
  • Add the ricotta, parmesan, and salt.
  • Mix everything with your fingertips until you get a compact dough.
    Add the pistachio flour to the bread and ricotta mixture and mix well.
  • Form the cheese balls with your hands, pass them in the pistachio flour and the chopped pistachios.
  • Put the truffles in the refrigerator for 1 hour before serving.
Keyword Christmas appetizer, salted truffles, salted truffles with ricotta and pistachio, simple last-minute appetizer
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19 thoughts

  1. I don[‘t know how I missed these, am off tomorrow on a pistachio and ricotta or cream cheese hunt, they sound absolutely delicious! What saltdid you use? I was thinking flaky sea salt? I honestly cant wait! And I have forgotten all about that January diet ha ha! Happy 2022!

    1. I usually use normal sea salt, but flakes will be good too ☺️
      I’m glad you like them! Enjoy! 😉☺️
      Well, are still healthy, just that you can’t stop at one only ☺️
      Happy New Year to you too 🎊

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