Hosting a dinner party? You don't have to be an experienced baker or slave all day in the kitchen in order to be able to wow your dinner guests. How? Pull out two pantry staples -- sugar and chocolate. Then and stop by the market for a container of fresh ricotta and some crisp Italian biscotti from the specialty market. Come back here and I'll show you how this is done!
You don't only have to use chocolate when dressing up your ricotta. Try lemon zest, finely chopped mint, even sliced and macerated strawberries or rhubarb.
Sweet Ricotta with Biscotti
1 cup ricotta
2 tablespoons sugar, plus more to taste
About 1-2 ounces dark chocolate, shaved
Crisp biscotti for serving