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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Presenting the STAR of the show.......

 Before I drown in a sea of dirty dishes or die from the aches and pains that are currently wracking my body or literally fall over from complete and utter exhaustion or  get sucked up into the holiday frenzy that is about to ensue, I wanted to share a recipe that took our Thanksgiving by storm.  It's an unlikely dish....since it contains not one speck of pumpkin or turkey or stuffing or gravy......(oh, and by the's so band friendly that it borders on indecent....)....
This is what I am dealing with RIGHT NOW.....this is the best this corner of the kitchen has looked in 5 days....

 Ricotta Fritters

I served these with a pesto mayo sauce for dipping (mix equal parts jarred pesto and mayo...let flavors in fridge for about 2 hours)

1 cup ricotta
1 cup fresh bread crumbs
½ cup grated pecorino
⅓ cup grated mozzarella
1 tsp. finely chopped flat-leaf parsley leaves
½ tsp. grated lemon zest
⅛ tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
3 egg yolks plus 2 eggs
4 oz. thinly sliced prosciutto, finely chopped
¼ cup flour
½ cup dried bread crumbs
Canola oil, for frying

Stir together ricotta, fresh bread crumbs, pecorino, mozzarella, parsley, lemon zest, nutmeg, egg yolks, and prosciutto in a medium bowl. Season with salt and pepper; cover and refrigerate until firm---about 30 minutes.   Put flour, whole eggs, and dried bread crumbs into 3 separate shallow dishes; whisk eggs. Using your hands, form chilled ricotta mixture into 1½" balls. Working with 1 ball at a time, dredge in flour, then eggs, then bread crumbs, shaking off any excess. Transfer to a parchment paper–lined sheet tray. Pour enough canola oil into a 4-quart saucepan that it reaches a depth of 2". Heat over medium-high heat until a deep-fry thermometer inserted in the oil registers 350°. Working in batches, fry the ricotta balls, turning occasionally, until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the balls to a paper towel–lined plate.

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