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Fried Ricotta With a Little Tomato Salad

Recipe from "Jamie's Italy," by Jamie Oliver

  • servings: 6

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound fresh ricotta cheese, drained
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 ripe tomatoes, halved, seeded, finely chopped and drained
  • 2 fresh basil, stems chopped and leaves torn
  • 1 red chile, ribs and seeds removed and finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon red-wine vinegar
  • Olive oil, for frying
  • Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg, for serving

Directions

  1. Step 1

    In a large bowl, mix together ricotta with Parmesan, flour, pinch of salt, and egg. Season with pepper; refrigerate until ready to cook.

  2. Step 2

    In a medium bowl, mix together the tomatoes, basil, and chile. Season with salt and pepper. Drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil and vinegar. Gently stir to combine.

  3. Step 3

    Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large nonstick pan over medium heat. Working in batches, drop the ricotta mixture a tablespoon at a time into the skillet, taking care not to crowd the fritters. Cook, turning once until browned, about 2 minutes per side.

  4. Step 4

    Transfer cooked fritters to a paper-towel-lined plate, sprinkle with salt and nutmeg. Serve immediately with tomato mixture.

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