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Spiced Baked Ricotta

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Creamy, smooth ricotta: let's spice it up a little...

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  • Serves 4

  • Total time 45 mins

  • Calories 262 per serving

  • Prepare ahead yes

Ingredients

  • 4tsp fennel seeds
  • 4tsp coriander seeds
  • 4tsp cumin seeds
  • 1tsp sea salt
  • 2 x 250g ricotta cheese
  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • 200g mixed tomatoes (larger ones halved)

Preparation

Ricotta is most commonly known as a soothing, creamy accompaniment to a dish, or an ingredient as part of a larger meal. This soft cheese is high in protein, and rich in vitamins A and D, as well as a great source of calcium. In this very simple recipe, we show you how to spice ricotta up (quite literally), and make it into a main meal of its own. Be sure to marinade the tomatoes properly, in order to bring out the flavours, and add some balsamic vinegar if you like; this will really accentuate the accompanying vegetable. If served in the evening for a dinner party, pair with a light white wine (Chardonnay, with soft cheese) to bring out the flavours. Cheese which is good for you and some healthy vegetables; what more could you want from a meal?

HOW TO MAKE SPICED BAKED RICOTTA

  1. Put the spices into a small frying pan and heat gently until they release their aromas. Roughly grind with a mortar and pestle. Add the salt and some freshly ground black pepper, then spread out on a small plate.
  2. Drain the ricotta of any liquid. Heat the oven to 160C fan, gas 4. Line a baking tray with oiled foil. Roll the sides and top of the ricotta in the spices then transfer with a fish slice to the baking tray. Drizzle over 1 tbsp of the oil and bake for 25 minutes.
  3. To serve, put the tomatoes into a frying pan with the remaining oil and some sea salt and pepper. Toss until warmed through and serve with the ricotta, halved, and some toasted sourdough.