Sides and Snacks

Honey Ricotta Zucchini Bites

An easy and unexpected appetizer that will have you questioning why you haven’t tried the zucchini, ricotta, honey combo sooner!

There’s a heat wave across California so the last thing I want to do is cook elaborate meals. Enter: honey ricotta zucchini bites. They pair perfectly with Rustic Bakery crackers and minimal effort.

Heat waves aside, I recommend whipping these up as a fancy afternoon snack, an unexpected happy hour appetizer, or even a brunch side!


(Serves 2 as the main appetizer/snack)

  • 1 zucchini, cut in 16ths
  • 1/4 cup ricotta (I use low fat)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Drizzle of olive oil
  • Drizzle of honey
  • Rustic Bakery Flatbread Bites (or preferred crackers)


  1. Cut zucchini in half, then each half in 8ths longways. Cook in (grill) pan over high heat for about 5 minutes (till warm and softening— not too long, no zucchini mush) 
  2. Spread 1/4 cup ricotta on a plate using a butter knife. Layer zucchini on top, then drizzle olive oil and honey. Sprinkle with salt and pepper
  3. I enjoyed mine atop Rustic Bakery crackers, but you can use whatever you have on hand!


On cracker sourcing: We buy our Rustic Bakery crackers at Costco! They tend to be expensive so they’re an amazing thing to buy in bulk.

On grill pans: I highly recommend investing in a grill pan if you either are not confident at grilling outside (me) or simply don’t want to go outside to grill some nights (my dad). You can buy them at a variety of price points: $30 Cravings by Chrissy Teigan at Target$40 Cuisinart on Amazon, or $100 Staub at Williams Sonoma. I have the last one that I purchased on super sale over Christmas, and my dad has a Cuisinart one he purchased for much less at Costco (cannot find online). To be honest, they seem to work the same!

What am I listening to as I make this?Heat of the Summer” by Young the Giant

What can I learn while I make this? Zucchinis are high in antioxidants, specifically, carotenoids. Carotenoids are the same antioxidant plentiful in carrots that may help with eyesight. So, next time someone tells you to eat a carrot to help your eyes, suggest a zucchini! 

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