Recipe courtesy of Antonia Lofaso

Fresh Ricotta Cream with Charred Ciabatta and Parsley

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr
  • Active: 1 hr
  • Yield: 3 cups
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Ingredients

Fresh Ricotta, recipe follows

1 1/2 cups mascarpone 

1 cup heavy cream 

Nutmeg, as needed

Salt

Ciabatta, for serving 

Olive oil, for drizzling 

Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish 

Fresh Ricotta:

1 gallon whole milk

2 cups heavy cream 

2 cups plain low-fat yogurt 

2 tablespoons salt 

Directions

  1. Preheat a grill over medium heat.
  2. Using a food processor, mix the Fresh Ricotta, mascarpone and cream. Add nutmeg and salt, to taste. Mix until the mixture just comes together, being careful not to over-mix. The mixture should have a creamy ricotta texture, but not be overly smooth or creamy. Store in deli containers.
  3. Brush the ciabatta with olive oil and cook on the grill until it has char marks.
  4. To serve, place the ricotta cream into a bowl, drizzle with olive oil and garnish with the parsley. Serve with the ciabatta.

Fresh Ricotta:

  1. Mix together the milk, cream, yogurt and salt in a rondeau or non-reactive pot and cook on medium-low heat. Stir occasionally to make sure the bottom doesn't scorch. Allow the curd to form and rise to the top of the mixture.
  2. Line a perforated hotel pan with cheesecloth and place over a deep hotel pan.
  3. When the curds have developed, remove the pot from the heat and pour the mixture over the cheesecloth-lined hotel pan. Allow the ricotta to drain for about 30 minutes.