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Fried Ricotta with a little Tomato Salad

I was looking through some of my cookbooks last night and came across Jamie Oliver’s, there was an appetizer recipe I had forgotten all about, his fried ricotta. As I read through the recipe I had to laugh to myself as he tells you to insist that you get your guests straight to the table and even be a little bossy-boots about it! Bossy-boots is what my family calls me! Ha Ha!

Fried Ricotta with a little Tomato Salad

Ingredients

1lb. ricotta cheese, drained

2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra for serving

11/2 tablespoons flour

A pinch of kosher salt and freshly cracked pepper

1 large egg

A handful of mixed ripe tomatoes

½ jalapeño, seeded, finely diced

2 sprigs of fresh basil

Extra virgin olive oil

Good red wine vinegar

Olive oil

Nutmeg, for serving

Directions

Mix the ricotta with the Parmesan, flour, a good pinch of salt and the egg. Season with a little freshly ground pepper and place in the fridge.

Halve the tomatoes, squeeze out the seeds, and discard them. Chop the flesh up into small chunks and drain off any excess liquid. Chop the stems of the basil and finely and tear the leaves up roughly, then add to the tomatoes with the chili. Season with salt and pepper, a glug of good extra virgin olive oil, and a small swig of good red wine vinegar.

Put a nonstick pan on medium heat and add a splash of olive oil. Drop a few spoonfuls of the ricotta mix into the pan – make sure not to overcrowd it; the pieces shouldn’t be touching. Fry the ricotta cakes for a couple minutes or until golden brown, then carefully turn them over using a broad, flat knife and fry them on the other side for a further minute.

Serve at once, with a light sprinkling of sea salt, a little nutmeg, and a good spoonful of the chopped tomatoes on the side. Drizzle over the peppery extra virgin olive oil and grate some Parmesan. Eat while crisp and warm!

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~Happy Cooking!



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