Tomato Ricotta Jam Jar Appetizer

Years ago, I had the most delicious tomato ricotta jam jar appetizer at Nordstrom Cafe. It was a layered appetizer with ricotta cheese, tomato jam and was served in a little jar with crispy toasted bread. I loved having my own jar of yumminess! Sadly they don’t serve it anymore. But I created my own bacon tomato ricotta jam jar and it’s a bit healthier and even tastier!

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What jars should I buy? Can I serve it another way?

I use a Ball half pint jar with the wide mouth, but you can use any jar or even layer it in a dish.

Gift idea! Make them up and give away as a hostess present

It’s also fun to give each person their own tiny jar. It also makes a nice hostess gift when going to a holiday party. You can store the Tomato Bacon Jam in the freezer and then make up the appetizer shortly before you leave for the party.

What to serve with the ricotta jam

You can of course serve the jam with baguettes as they did at the Nordstrom Cafe, however, since I’m always trying to save points/calories, I serve them with my Crispy Wonton Chips or 34 Degrees Natural Crisps.

How to make it:

Blue Polish pottery bowl with ricotta, minced garlic on a cutting board

Mix the minced garlic into the ricotta cheese.

Jar with ricotta and pesto

Add the ricotta to a Ball half pint jar. Layer Homemade Healthy Pesto on top (or use store bought pesto).

Tomato bacon jam in a package on a cutting board with tomato bacon ricotta jam in a jar

Add the Instant Pot Tomato Bacon Jam or any store bought tomato jam.

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Crackers with tomato bacon jam and ricotta and a ricotta jam jar

Tomato Ricotta Jam Jar

  • myWW Points:1 Smart Point per 3 teaspoons for all plans, does not include crackers or Wonton Chips; (about 5-6 points for 8 Crispy Wonton Chips with 1 t. jam on each)
  • Author: Amy Lawrence
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 20 1x
  • Category: appetizer
  • Method: layering
  • Cuisine: American


Adapted from an appetizer I had years ago at the Nordstrom café, this tomato ricotta jam jar appetizer is sure to please everyone! I’ve lightened it up a bit, but used my tomato bacon jam so it has plenty of great flavor. You can serve it in individual jars or one bigger jar for everyone.




  1. Mix ricotta cheese and garlic.
  2. Place mixture in a small canning jar. (I prefer the wide mouth small jars)
  3. Add 1 T. of Homemade Pesto.
  4. Top with 1/4 c. Instant Pot Tomato Bacon Jam.
  5. Serve with 34 degree crackers.

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