If you’re a fan of Italian cuisine, you know that the right cheese filling can transform your favorite baked dishes like lasagna, baked ziti, manicotti, or stuffed shells. That’s where this irresistible ricotta cheese mixture comes in. Combining three kinds of cheeses and a blend of seasonings, it takes your dishes to a whole new level. Let’s dive into this heavenly concoction and discover how to make it truly exceptional.
Elevate Your Baked Dishes with This Mix
This ricotta cheese mixture is a culinary gem passed down from my half-Italian father, who is a master in the kitchen. Simple yet packed with flavor, it takes your Italian recipes to new heights. Whether it’s creamy lasagna or comforting ziti, this ricotta blend is sure to impress.
The Ingredients That Make It Perfect
Besides the star of the show, ricotta cheese, this mixture features mozzarella and Romano cheeses, fresh parsley, black pepper, and eggs. You can even add a hint of garlic powder if you’d like, depending on the sauce you’re using. The combination of these three cheeses, along with parsley and black pepper, complements almost any tomato sauce, ensuring a mouthwatering dish.
Choose the Best Cheeses for Stellar Results
To achieve unparalleled creaminess, opt for a rich and creamy whole milk ricotta, such as Biazzo or Galbani. Skipping on quality ricotta may result in disappointing runniness, and we certainly want to avoid that. ? In case you find your ricotta a bit watery, just strain it using cheesecloth before blending it with the other ingredients.
For the mozzarella, whether you choose whole milk or part-skim, be sure to go for a “low-moisture” option. You can either shred a block yourself or grab pre-shredded mozzarella if that’s more convenient.
As for the grated cheese, both Romano and Parmesan work beautifully. My personal recommendation is Locatelli brand Pecorino Romano, but feel free to use your favorite. Funny story, Locatelli was my all-time favorite cheese as a child. I used to devour it with such enthusiasm that my father playfully worried about his wallet! He even tried to curb my cheese consumption by buying blocks that required grating. Well, let’s just say his plan didn’t quite succeed. Hand me that grater, and watch me work! ?
Please note that Romano cheese typically contains animal rennet, making it non-vegetarian. If you prefer a vegetarian option, you can substitute it with a vegetarian-friendly Parmesan cheese. BelGioioso and 365 by Whole Foods offer excellent choices.
Making the Ricotta Cheese Mixture
Making this divine ricotta cheese mixture is a breeze. Start by adding the ricotta cheese to a large mixing bowl. Next, add the shredded mozzarella and grated Romano cheeses. Give them a good stir before adding the eggs. Once the eggs are incorporated, toss in some fresh parsley and, if desired, a pinch of garlic powder. Stir everything together, refrigerate until ready to use, and prepare for a flavor explosion!
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If you’re looking for a non-dairy or vegan alternative to ricotta, explore our sunflower seed ricotta recipe. It’s an exciting twist for those with dietary preferences or restrictions.
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Let this ricotta cheese mixture be your secret weapon in creating unforgettable Italian baked dishes. Whether it’s a family gathering or a cozy dinner for two, your creations will dazzle with every bite. Enhance your culinary journey with BDK Restaurant, where delicious memories are made.