Appetizers & Dips

homemade ricotta cheese

Alright y’all – finally one checked off the 2015 to-do’s! I made ricotta cheese today and it was a game-changer as I don’t think I’ll ever buy store-bought again. After tasting how amazing fresh ricotta can be at Eataly I just had to give it a go – and lucky for me the Queen had a recipe that was so easy! I had delicious, fresh, creamy, homemade cheese in about 30 minutes. In the wise, fabulous words of Ina, “how easy is that?”

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Ingredients
4 cups whole milk
2 cups heavy cream
1 tsp kosher salt
3 tbs white wine vinegar

Set a large sieve over a deep bowl and layer 2 pieces of water-dampened cheesecloth.

Pour the milk and cream into a stainless-steel or enameled pot such as Le Creuset, then stir in the salt. Bring to a full boil over medium heat, and stir occasionally. Turn off the heat and stir in the vinegar. Allow the mixture to stand for 1 minute until it curdles. It will separate into thick parts (the curds) and milky parts (the whey).

Next up, pour the mixture into the cheesecloth-lined sieve and allow it to drain into the bowl at room temperature for 20 to 25 minutes, occasionally discarding the liquid that collects in the bowl.

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The longer you let the mixture drain, the thicker the ricotta, I did mine for about 25 minutes. Transfer the ricotta to a bowl and discard the cheesecloth and any remaining whey. Use immediately or cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate up to 4 or 5 days.

I absolutely LOVED this on a baguette with a drizzle of honey and a slice of pear. But this would also be great with dill and lemon. Really you can rock this any way you want, you can’t go wrong. And the next time I make lasagna, this is for sure going to be the star. Cheers!

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