How to cook delicious spinach and ricotta pastry
Ricotta cheese is a wonderfully versatile ingredient due to its ability to enhance both savoury and sweet dishes. This smooth and creamy type of cheese can be used in a variety of recipes from pasta to cakes.
How is ricotta cheese made?
The process of making ricotta cheese starts by preserving the whey proteins which are left behind from the production of ordinary cheese. These curds and whey are then reheated, giving the cheese its name, which translates from Italian to ‘twice cooked’ and soft texture. A smooth texture is also what differentiates the cheese from cottage cheese which has a much lumpier consistency.
It is also possible to create your own ricotta cheese at home from the simple ingredients of milk, salt and vinegar.
Is ricotta cheese healthy?
Many people often wrongly assume that cheese cannot be incorporated into a healthy diet. However, with a little bit of research and moderated consumption, you will find that there are many cheeses that can be low in fat yet high in protein and calcium.
Ricotta cheese is definitely a healthier alternative compared to more common dairy products because of its low fat content which usually calculates to only 10%. One serving of this cheese can provide 51% of your daily source of calcium allowing you to manage a balanced diet!
Yorkshire Dama Ricotta Recipe
There are countless recipes that you can experiment with which include ricotta cheese, but one of our favourites are these spinach and ricotta pastries, they are rich in taste yet easy to make!
Follow this simple recipe and share with your loved ones:
• 2 eggs
• 200g Yorkshire Dama Ricotta
• 250g frozen spinach - chopped
• ¾ cup of your favourite grated cheese or crumble our Yorkshire Dama goats cheese
• Salt & pepper for taste
• 2 sheets ready-made puff pastry (can make your own)
1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F
2. Grease 2 muffin tins with oil or butter
3. To prepare the filling start by whisking 1egg in a bowl. Then add the ricotta, spinach, grated cheese, salt and pepper until a combined mixture is formed
4. Cut the pastry into 18 equal square shapes, mould into the shape of the muffin tin
5. Fill the centre of each one with the cheese filling, careful not to overfill to avoid the pastries bursting
6. Create a parcel like shape by folding the corners into the centre
7. Whisk the remaining egg in a separate bowl, then brush the egg wash over each parcel
8. Bake for around 15-20 minutes
9. Cool and enjoy!