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Old 02-04-2014, 05:31 PM   #1
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What would you do with ricotta cheese?

I've just made manicotti and ended up with a number of shredded shells. As a result I ended up with about a cup of leftover filling. The filling is ricotta, parmigiano cheese, mozzarella, egg, oregano and thyme and I don't have any lasagna in the house. There is a winter storm on the way and I'm afraid I might get stuck with it. Anyone have an idea of what to do with it? Thanks for any ideas.

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Old 02-04-2014, 05:54 PM   #2
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Re: What would you do with ricotta cheese?

layer it in pasta like ziti and bake, I might even try to fry it in a skillet like a pancake (a super yummy cheese pancake) but I'm not sure how that would turn out. If you were okay with the raw egg it would be good cold on toast otherwise I would bake it with pasta.
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Skillet lasagna. Basically you cook noodles (usually broken lasagna noodles but any italian pasta is fine) in tomato sauce on the stove until almost soft, then you drop dollops of cheese filling on top, cover, and let it all come together. MMMMM.

ETA: You will need to add water to the pasta sauce for the noodles to absorb, at least 1/2 a cup.
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Re: What would you do with ricotta cheese?

Pancakes! These are OUTSTANDING! I found the recipe in a magazine years ago and it uses exactly 1 cup ricotta.

Sunshine Pancakes:

1 cup flour
3 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
6 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup milk
1 1/2 tsp grated orange zest
3 Tbsp orange juice
1 cup ricotta cheese
1 tsp vanilla
5 large eggs, separated
veg oil for griddle

Mix dry ingredients in bowl, set aside. Mix melted butter, milk, zest, juice, egg yolks, and vanilla. Add flour mixture gradually, mix until combined. Beat whites to stiff peaks and fold into batter. Lightly oil griddle and cook pancakes.

We absolutely love these and I'm not a huge fan of pancakes. Enjoy!
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Re: What would you do with ricotta cheese?

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Skillet lasagna. Basically you cook noodles (usually broken lasagna noodles but any italian pasta is fine) in tomato sauce on the stove until almost soft, then you drop dollops of cheese filling on top, cover, and let it all come together. MMMMM.

ETA: You will need to add water to the pasta sauce for the noodles to absorb, at least 1/2 a cup.
This sounds good, but I would add some spinach. I make spinach lasagna with similar ingredients. My mouth is watering thinking about it.
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Re: What would you do with ricotta cheese?

Stir into beaten eggs and veggies and bake off like a fritatta?
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Re: What would you do with ricotta cheese?

Just realized your filling was mixed with savory ingredients - pancakes aren't a great option! I'd probably layer that in lasagna or make some calzones.
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Thanks everyone! I ended up making a sugar neutral pancake, with egg whites whipped and folded in. They were... interesting. My son enjoyed it with syrup but I just ate it plain. I don't think I care for that light, spongy texture. I retroactively added ricotta pancakes to my bucket list then crossed it off. I accomplished so much, all before noon.
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pancakes sounds like a fabulous idea.
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