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ricotta with oregano and white pepper

(1 rating)
Recipe by
Tiffany Bannworth
Cape Coral, FL

There are so many simple cheeses like this. I do not like to use rennet, so this is a simple version. You may also make paneer this way, but you would form into a rectangular shape, cut into cubes, and fry it. Add to your favorite curry and cook like tofu.

(1 rating)
yield 1 cup or so
prep time 2 Hr
cook time 10 Min

Ingredients For ricotta with oregano and white pepper

  • 1 qt
    whole milk
  • 1/2 c
    lemon juice or vinegar (apple cider or white)
  • 1 pinch
  • white pepper to taste
  • ground oregano to taste
  • heavy cream, warm (optional)

How To Make ricotta with oregano and white pepper

  • 1
    Heat milk until almost at a boil, then add lemon juice or vinegar.
  • 2
    The curds should start to pull away from the whey. Add the pinch of salt.
  • 3
    Boil and stir for 30 seconds. Turn off heat and cover with a towel. Let sit for 2 hours.
  • 4
    Then pour through a cheesecloth catching the curd in the cloth and catching the whey in a bowl.
  • 5
    Save your whey. You can use it for hundreds of things. I am currently using it for bread baking and mysost (Norwegian cheese made from caramelized cow's milk whey).
  • 6
    I like to rinse my curds to get rid of the lemon or vinegar taste, but it isn't necessary.
  • 7
    In a bowl, spread your curds out with a fork, add in the spices, tasting until it is the desired flavor.
  • 8
    Now you can make you decision if you want pressed ricotta or the loose kind you are used to at the grocers.
  • 9
    For the pressed, dip a cheesecloth in whey, wrap your curds into the desired shape, really condensed; press hard. You can make a circular form in a bowl or a rectangular in a bread pan. Add a weight and let sit overnight. (a heavy pot or bowl for circular or a brick for rectangular)
  • 10
    For loose set, I add a little heated cream (few tablespoons) and mix. Then I place in a cheese crock and set on the counter overnight. Then place in fridge.
  • 11

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