Letter of advice: Make ricotta this summer time. I used to be initially going to write down “Ditch the burrata and make some ricotta this summer time,” however neither want to besmirch burrata nor do I plan to go tomato season with out it. Ought to a burrata tree (it grows on bushes, or should based mostly on the frequency during which it seems) spontaneously seem on my terrace, I would be the happiest and hottest lady in all the Decrease East Facet this summer time. However since like most of us, I’m nonetheless shopping for it at shops the place it’s fairly costly, spoils shortly, and is just generally spectacular, I’m right here to make the argument that do-it-yourself ricotta is just not solely wealthy, scrumptious, and a cinch to make, however that in nearly all the locations we’re serving burrata, ricotta* can be deliciously welcome too.
Plus, it’s an unbelievable potuck addition or host present, and also you get to really feel completely triumphant in pulling it off. As somebody who doesn’t have a, say, covetable summer time pad (no pool or large yard for grilling), we spend quite a lot of time heading to different’s properties for gatherings which implies all the time transporting one thing good to share, and since it’s, ahem, me, it’s do-it-yourself. Enter: ricotta. From a storebought tub, it’s unspectacular. Selfmade? Luxurious. It’s blissful unfold on toasted bread, drizzled with olive oil, and completed with flaky salt. You may even add a drizzle of honey or balsamic, if both are your factor. However with a number of additions — recent tomatoes or any vegetable in season, thinly sliced and grilled to heap on high, plus grilled bread — it’s much more particular, the appetizer (or mild lunch) platter of my summer time desires.
[* “But doesn’t burrata contain ricotta?” is a valid question and the answer is that it often does, but not when it’s very good. Burrata is a cow milk cheese from Apulia made with a thin outer layer of mozzarella which is filled with stracciatella. Stracciatella in this case are shreds of fresh mozzarella, usually leftover from mozzarella-making, soaked in cream. Good burrata, burrata filled with these creamy shreds, is otherworldly. But very often it’s filled with just ricotta, while delicious, is not nearly as special or worthy of the price tag and you do not always know what you’re getting until you open it. Thank you for coming to my Deb Talk.]
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Summer season Ricotta with Grilled Greens
- 4 cups (910 grams) complete milk
- 1/4 cup (55 grams) heavy cream
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 3 tablespoons (45 grams) freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 pound (455 grams) blended summer time greens, thinly sliced
- 8 slices from a big sourdough loaf
- Olive oil
- Kosher salt and freshly floor black pepper
- 1 lemon, halved
Grill the bread and greens: Brush or drizzle your greens and bread with olive oil. I grill my greens, even small ones, straight on my grill grates at pretty excessive warmth however I do know there are baskets that may result in fewer falling in, I’m simply cussed. Grill the greens, bread, and lemon halves till they’re flippantly charred beneath (relying on how strong your grill is, this might take 2 to six minutes), then flip the greens and bread and prepare dinner on the second facet. Season with the greens with salt and pepper and switch every part to a serving platter.
Serve: Proper earlier than serving, drizzle every part with further olive oil, squeeze not less than one lemon half over the greens (go away the second half on the platter), and season with further salt and pepper. You may additionally drizzle some balsamic vinegar over, or maintain it on the facet.
Do forward: Leftover ricotta is just not a factor that exists, however it theoretically retains for 3 days within the fridge.