Italian Flag Verrines

Italian Flag Verrines

This is a festive, elegant appetizer that works especially well for an Italian meal.
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  • Serves: 8 persons



  1. Step 1

    Heat oil in a pan over medium-high heat. Saute zucchini, onion, and garlic until some of the liquid has evaporated and zucchini is softened, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in pesto.
  2. Step 2

    Spoon mixture into 8 small, clear glasses and chill in the refrigerator.
  3. Step 3

    While green layer is chilling, mix ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese, sugar, garlic powder, nutmeg, and salt together in a bowl. Whip heavy cream into stiff peaks and fold into ricotta mixture. Layer over chilled zucchini mixture and return to the refrigerator.
  4. Step 4

    Place a steamer insert into a saucepan and fill with water to just below the bottom of the steamer. Bring water to a boil. Add bell peppers, cover, and steam until tender, 4 to 6 minutes.
  5. Step 5

    Puree peppers with tomatoes and cayenne in a food processor until smooth and spread over chilled ricotta layer. Chill for 1 hour. Garnish with fresh basil and serve.