10.06.2014

Last Garden Tomatoes + Homemade Ricotta

Is anybody else sad about saying bye to Summer fruit and veggies? God knows I love Fall but I’ll miss Summer produce really bad, especially tomatoes. Last weekend, we harvested the last tomatoes from our garden and I decided to make a warm ricotta, tomatoes and herb salad. As you might have guessed by now, I made the ricotta. If you never have made ricotta before, let me tell you, it’s one of the easiest cheeses to make and nothing beats homemade, and it’s even better if you can get fresh farm milk.


There is something amazing about combining these flavors, the sweetness of the tomatoes and the warmth of the ricotta, sets the mood for an incredible dinner to come. I also sprinkled it with herbs also from our garden, mint, oregano and basil which enhances the flavor even more. A drizzle of a good olive oil and crusty bread perfectly complements this salad. I know everybody moved on to apple pies and butternut squash soups but, this is a great salad to properly bid farewell to Summer.  



Homemade Ricotta

1 quart whole milk 
2 cup heavy cream
1/8 cup white vinegar

Pour the milk and cream in a heavy saucepan. Heat the milk almost to a boiling point (if you have a thermometer, temperature should be between 185˚F to 195˚F), stirring frequently. Turn the heat off and stir in the vinegar. Allow the mixture to stand for 15 minutes or until it curdles. Pour the mixture into a cheesecloth, lined with a strainer and let it drain for about 20 minutes. You can drain it a little longer if you like it a bit thicker. 

Once the ricotta is ready, arrange sliced tomatoes on a serving dish, add the ricotta, fresh herbs, a good drizzle of olive oil, salt and pepper. Serve with bread.  

9 comments:

  1. Oh girl, I am TOTALLY with you. I love tomatoes and will miss them big time when they're gone! Luckily, they're still around for a while in Sicily, but I'll be having the sads in not too long. Love this homemade ricotta!

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  2. Do you mean 1 Liter ? how many cups is that ? Is this like cottage cheese or cream cheese ? how much does it make, and can you give suggestions on what to do with leftovers ?? I would so like to make this ! Thanks

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    1. it's about 4 cups, it makes about 1 1/2 to 2 cups of ricotta. You can add a little salt and use it on savory dishes like lasagna or raviolis or use it in desserts, in cakes and fillings. You can find many recipes with ricotta. Thank you!

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  3. Oh yum, I love homemade ricotta or queso fresco (if you drain it longer), and I never thought to have it with tomatoes. What a great idea. I will definitely miss the delicious in-season fresh tomato taste. Gotta make the most of it now by eating fresh tomatoes while we have them!

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    1. I agree! The ricotta also goes well with roasted tomatoes, very good combo! Xx

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  4. I hear you, I'm always a little sad to see summer go, it's one of my favorite seasons.

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  5. I keep reading about homemade ricotta - I must make it, so!

    Valentina
    Valentina Duracinsky Blog

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  6. Najwa, gorgeous shots, as always. I could dive right in.... yum!
    xoxo
    E

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