I always seem to have som leftover Ricotta cheese in my fridge. I buy it for some recipe but seldom use all of it. So I put the rest back into the fridge and try to convince myself that I will use it for something else, which I seldom do. So most of the times, I have to throw it away.
I hate that.
I hate all kind of food waste. But eating something that it has begun to grow green hairy things on is not an option.
But last weekend, I tested a recipe that will change everything.
No more wasted ricotta cheese, ever. These ricotta balls will put an end to that. You will also have use of those stale bread pieces that you, at best, might have been feeding the pigeons.
They’re so simple to make and contains ingredients that you usually have at home. You need ricotta cheese, some stale bread, egg, and some breadcrumbs. Then you can spice them with whatever you like. You don’t have to follow my recipe. All kind of herbs will do. I used parsley, Oregano, rosemary, and some lemon zest for this recipe. I think that you can consider the lemon zest as optional, but I do recommend it. It added som nice freshness. And next time I will definitely use basil.
You mix everything into a batter that you are shaping to balls. Then roll them in bread crumbs and fry them golden brown on medium heat in olive oil.
It’s as simple as that.
I served these ricotta balls as a side dish together with marinated grilled chicken and pesto. But I think they will do well with only a high-quality tomato sauce. I think I will try that next time. I always have some homemade tomato sauce in the freezer.
I know I’ve written about this before. But it was included in another post. And food hacks like this deserves its own post. I think the whole idea is great. You get som sweet, tasty tomato powder from something you normally throw away. The skins from your peeled tomatoes.
And the best part is that it’s so simple. You just spread the tomato skins on a paper towel and place it on a micro-safe plate. Be sure that there are no overlapping. Place everything in the microwave oven and run in full effect for 4 minutes. Continue in 30-second intervals until the skins ar totally dehydrated. It should crumble if you pinch it.
After that, you just have to grind it in a grinder or mortar and pestle with sugar and salt to a fine powder. Or flakes if you prefer that.
You can use it to sprinkle over all kinds of food, like pizza or pasta dishes.
Of course, it’s just perfect to everything with mozzarella.
I found this recipe at Serious Eats, and I knew right away that it was going to be a companion for the future. It feels like you get a very useful bonus product when you cook something with peeled tomatoes. At the same time, you reduce your food waste.
And when you add the fact that it’s so easy to do makes it irresistible. At least for me.
A delicious sweet tasty tomato powder that can be sprinkled over all kinds of food.