I recently discovered that some of my best dishes are the ones I create with leftover ingredients. With almost a full tub of ricotta leftover, I decided to prepare a dish that would utilize the ingredient while creating something I would love. The result? Fried ricotta with spicy marinara! Since Superbowl Sunday is right around the corner, this dish not only used up my leftover ricotta, it also made enough for the Sunday festivities. Don’t you love it when you can kill two birds with one stone?
**Helpful tips and common mistakes
Homemade ricotta is one of my favorite cheeses. I didn’t have the time to make homemade ricotta this time but I can only imagine how delicious it would be fried…
The first step in making fried ricotta is to drain the cheese. If you buy a tub at the market and open the lid, you may find excess liquid sitting on the top. We want to drain as much of the liquid as we can to achieve a crispy exterior. Whole fat ricotta tends to have less liquid than the reduced-fat version (which is my way of saying, buy the whole fat).
Season the ricotta with a little bit of garlic, salt, pepper, parsley, and onion powder and shape them into uniform sized balls. I used a mini ice cream scooper to make the job easier. Coat each ball with flour, dip in whisked eggs, and coat again in panko. At this point, you can either chill the ricotta to be fried the next day or chill for 30 minutes. Chilling the ricotta helps them keep their shape as they fry.
While the ricotta balls are chilling, make the spicy marinara dip, adding as much or as little red chili flakes as you like. I went the easy route and used jarred marinara sauce this time but perhaps when tomatoes are in season, I will make a fresh tomato sauce.
Preheat the frying oil to 350 degrees and fry until the ricotta balls are golden brown. You can also use an air-fryer if you prefer. I haven’t tried preparing these in the oven but if you do, I would love to hear your thoughts!
Serve these bad babies hot with a warm side of spicy marinara. You can also fry the ricotta ahead of time and keep them warm in the oven until serving time.
If you’re a fan of fried cheese, you’ll like this fried ricotta. It’s crispy, it’s cheesy, it’s delicious. Stop me if you can from eating all 30!
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