We have been eating an awful lot of dishes with ricotta in them lately! Why?
His patient self (my wonderfully patient partner) works at a food company supplying to cafes, shops, schools, restaurants etc and he often brings home stock that is nearing its expiry or ‘best before' date and can't be sold. Usually it is frozen food and therefore able to go straight into the freezer. However, last weekend he brought home two large, (well large to me who only usually buys the little tubs!) packages of ricotta cheese.
I often make cannelloni and lasagne with ricotta cheese but must admit i haven't really been very creative with it so had to search around for some new recipes as we really didn't want to waste free food and although we have frozen some wedges i'm not sure how successful that will be. Has anyone tried freezing ricotta?
His patient self found a few recipes he wanted to try and i must say his Spinach and Ricotta Gnocchi was absolutely scrumptious and not just because i got a night off from cooking!! You can find the recipe here. We actually didn't use the walnut sage sauce although it sounded nice….i made a hearty tomato based sauce with lots of vegies from the garden just to make it a bit more filling. Wish i had taken a photo because it looked so nice!
The next night i made a Baked Spinach and Ricotta Cannelloni but used silverbeet from the garden instead. I also used fresh lasagne sheets and just rolled up as cannelloni (so much easier than filling those awful little tubes i think!!) and added some lentils to the mix to stretch the meal out a little more!The colours were lovely as i was mixing…a very simple recipe which can be found here .
Last night my lovely partner got cooking again and made Eggplant Ricotta Parmigiana…..you can find the recipe here. It was a really tasty light meal for a Sunday night and made excellent leftovers for lunch!
We still have a fair bit of ricotta left so i need to do some more searching for recipes…trying to stay away from cheesecakes and sweets though! Do you have any favourite ricotta recipes you would like to share or share a link to? I did try a lemon ricotta teacake but it was very dense and i was a little disappointed! I am going to search out some toddler friendly options later today and hopefully get some baking done tomorrow.
Just finished a declutter and scrub of the kitchen, popped a loaf of bread in the oven and feeling like cooking…shame nap time is nearly at an end! Still raining here (and terribly humid!) so off to try and think of some ideas to keep us busy this afternoon!!
Let me know if you have any ideas for ricotta or if you have had success freezing it!
Thanks so much for dropping by and all your comments last week…….
Partycraft Secrets says
ohhh… yum… can I come over to your place! Sure beats the miso soup with rice I just served my two girls! I convinced them it was “mermaid food” – LOL!
You did well getting them to eat miso soup!!Love the meramid food idea!!
The Provincial Homemaker says
I just wanted to say that I have bought the one kg package of ricotta at WW before (can’t remember the brand – it’s usually in the fridge section near the deli counter and is cheaper than buying the small packets) and have frozen the portions I didn’t need immediately. It came out of the freezer fine:) Just a heads up for any future ricotta deliveries you get:)
Thanks for the tip, shall have a look next time i am shopping and good to know about the freezing too!
It sounds like you’ve been eating some mighty tasty dishes there. I just did a google search and found a yummy frittata dish on the taste website http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/2682/zucchini+ricotta+frittata, nice with a salad when it becomes sunny again. x
oh that does sound nice Catherine…thanks for sharing the link! I don’t think we are ever seeing sun again looking at this rain lol!
The Adventurer says
They dishes sound wonderful. I was like you only used Ricotta for lasagna or stuffed shells. I will have to give these a try:) Sometimes it is good to be forced out of your cooking comfort zone:)
It is good to be forced out of the zone although i do admit to being a little sick of the sight of ricotta now, lol!
OMG this looks devine! I just love ricotta so I will definitely be giving this a try! 🙂
Oh my goodness… this is making my mouth water… it looks soooooo good 🙂