Never have I ever thought that ricotta was such a versatile cheese. I grew up with ricotta in my lasagna and that was it. Did you know you can flavor it any way you want and ricotta will taste good? Yup, I had no idea either. I was going through a magazine in Target when I saw this tart, but the ricotta was replaced with gruyere. That would be fine, if I didn't already have a ton of ingredients laying around from the Thanksgiving feast.
I decided to take a look at Smitten Kitchen's ricotta cheese recipe. I had all the ingredients and almost a gallon of heavy cream. So, why not? This idea was perfect. I just licked the ricotta right off the spoon: adding a little honey, or lemon, or paprika, or olive oil. Such a great treat!
I flavored my ricotta with a bit of lemon zest, salt and pepper and voila. Delicious. Possibly the easiest, yet difficult looking, recipe I've ever conquered! By the way, you can use store bought ricotta and you won't have a problem. I just didn't know what I would do with a gallon of heavy cream.
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