It’s spring and that means it’s ricotta season. Ricotta made from sheep’s milk. This is not your store bought ricotta. The Dancing Ewe Farm makes a ricotta that is simply heaven.
Jody and Luisa Somers, of The Dancing Ewe Farm, raise sheep on their hilltop farm to make cheese or pecorino from their sheep’s milk. If you’re lucky you’ll find their ricotta at the farmers’ market. Ricotta is made from whey with a little whole milk reserved from the morning milking. That means, the ricotta you pick up at the farmers’ market is fresh from the farm. And there’s nothing like it. Drizzle with a little oil or honey and enjoy. Eat it with a spoon, slices of toasted artisan bread or fresh veggies. Beware that once you start eating, you can’t stop.
I hate to bury pecorino (sheep) ricotta in a dish. Fortunately, in this recipe, from Food Fanatic, ricotta is the star ingredient. Baked ricotta is elegant yet simple and easy to make. Stir together the ricotta, fresh lemon juice, mustard, fresh thyme, fresh rosemary, and bake in individual ramekins or larger baking dish until edges are bubbling. Garnish with olive oil.
Perfect to serve at that special event or just sit on the porch and enjoy. Don’t forget the wine from a local farm vineyard or purchase wine direct from Italy at the Dancing Ewe. Yes, they sell special selected wines from Italy.
You can pick up the Dancing Ewe’s cheeses, olive oil, and cured meats at the local farmer’s markets, or online. Don’t miss their fabulous weekend meals on the farm. Visit their website for more. www.dancingewe.com.
- 1½ cups ricotta cheese (fresh)
- 1½ Tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- ½ teaspoon fresh rosemary, finely chopped
- ⅛ teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, stir together ricotta, lemon juice, mustard, thyme, lemon zest, rosemary, black pepper. Transfer to baking dish and bake 20 to 30 minutes or until edges are bubbling.
- Serve with olive oil garnish, black pepper or sea salt. Serve immediately with toasted bread, crackers, or vegetables.