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Cheesepalooza: Whole-milk Ricotta

I’ve been resisting making this post for a week and a half, for two reasons:

1) My photos didn’t come out all that well, and
2) My ricotta didn’t come out all that well. I couldn’t get it to set up properly. Cooking from the Market’s buttermilk ricotta is much more reliable for me, and the texture is right, while this was rubbery.

This is the first recipe in Cheesepalooza, though, and I have lots more chances to get it right. Besides, the resulting lasagna was ASTOUNDINGLY good, so hey, success!

Here’s the cheese draining on the faucet:

homemade ricotta draining

And here’s the lasagna after I ate all my dinner, went “Oh, shoot! I need a photo!” and put a little more on a plate to photograph.

sorta-homemade lasagna, one slice

It was so darn good, we managed to polish off that little more, too. SO good. And way easy, because I only sort of homemade it. You don’t even really need a recipe. What I did was bought four sheets of fresh pasta (two regular, two spinach) and layered them with jarred sauce, the homemade ricotta, and sliced whole-milk mozzarella. I ran out of mozzarella at the end (I used a pound), so I added some shredded cheddar on the top layer. This went together in maybe five minutes, and then I baked it at 350, covered, for about a half hour, then uncovered it and baked until everything was hot and bubbly. SO good!

And now here’s the worst pic of all. This doesn’t do this delicious thing justice, I promise you.

sorta-homemade lasagna

[Edit: Here's a photo of an old batch of ricotta, made with the recipe linked above:]

ricotta in a strainer

Let the cheese fest begin. Well, in a few weeks, anyway.

Well, I officially signed up for Cheesepalooza! I bought the book, started reading it, and valiantly resisted the urge to buy every single last cheesemaking gadget in the civilized world. Yay, frugality! Yay, brokeness!

Anyway, the challenge begins August 1st, so there’s still time to sign up, and we’re to post our results each month by the 21st. I’m looking forward to it!

Cheesepalooza-Badge

Cheesepalooza!

Look out, folks: Cheesepalooza‘s coming! I’ve signed up; what about you?

ricotta

My homemade ricotta

Cheesepalooza is a year-long cheese-making challenge. I can’t wait to try my hand! It’s based around Artisan Cheese Making at Home*, which so far (I’ve read the foreword, by Peter Reinhart, and a little of the book itself) looks to be an excellent read. I’m very excited. Who’s up for joining us?

*If you buy the book from that link, I get a small amount of money, 100% of which I send to the Alameda County Community Food Bank.