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Fried Peach & Pancetta Pizza – A Savory Twist on a Childhood Sweet

Growing up, I always loved when my family made pizza from scratch, but what I loved even more was what came after the meal. Any extra dough and scraps were rolled out, left to rise, fried, and sprinkled with sugar to create a simple, but delicious donut-like treat.


Here we’re doing a savory twist; using the technique to make a pizza featuring ricotta, pancetta and peaches. Obviously, you can use any and all classic pizza toppings, but this particular combo comes highly recommended.

Besides a fun change of pace, this method is great for making a bunch of crusts ahead of time, and then dressing/baking when needed. Imagine setting up a “make your own pizza” bar, with your guests customizing theirs any way they want. Add a couple cases of beer to the mix, and you’ll be hosting a pizza party of epic proportions. I really hope you give this a try soon. Enjoy!


For One Small Fried Peach & Pancetta Pizza:
(all ingredient amounts are purely guesses)
3-4 ounces prepared pizza dough
2 tablespoons ricotta cheese, plus a pinch of salt if needed
fresh thyme leaves
fresh ground black pepper
2 ounces pancetta
5-6 slices fresh peach
freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano
extra virgin olive oil, plus regular olive oil for frying

Savory Ricotta Tart – Thin to Win

I got a food wish for a ricotta cheesecake recently, which sounded fantastic, but with bikini season rapidly approaching, my love handles and I thought we’d compromise and do a savory, sugar-free version instead.


I love the simple combination of really good ricotta and fresh herbs, baked with just enough eggs to hold things together. I was in the mood for some heat, but things like pepper and cayenne are totally optional. 

As I alluded to in the video, I usually do this as a pie, which comes out about twice as thick, but I wanted to try it in tart-form and the pan I used was clearly too large. Next time I’ll simply double the ingredients, and add about 10 or 15 minutes to the cooking time, and I recommend you do the same.


Keep this humble pie in mind when the “way too many vegetables” part of summer rolls around. This could be a great base for using up leftover veggies in a very fritatta-like way. I hope you give it a try soon. Enjoy!


Ingredients for 6 thin portions:
1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs, toasted in some olive oil
olive oil to coat pan
2 large eggs
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
cayenne or other hot peppers to taste
1/4 cup fresh chopped or torn basil
1 tbsp chopped Italian parsley
tiny pinch nutmeg
1 1/2 cups ricotta cheese
1 oz finely greated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese (about 1/2 cup if the real stuff, otherwise 1/4 cup packed of the fake “stuff”)
*Bake at 325 for about 20 to 25 minutes, or until set.

Turkey Italian Sausage and Ricotta Lasagna Roll Ups

Turkey Italian Sausage and Ricotta Lasagna Roll Ups

by Pam on October 21, 2012

My best friend flew in for the weekend and I wanted to make a simple yet comforting meal to greet her with.  I decided on lasagna roll ups with turkey Italian sausage and and ricotta cheese.  They were fairly simple to make and they tasted fantastic… they were a big hit with all of us especially my dear friend.   These roll ups are a great recipe to serve dinner guests because they always turn out delicious and they look beautiful.

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Remove the turkey Italian sausage from the casing then add it to the pan.  Add the crushed fennel seed and crushed red pepper flakes to the sausage.  Break up the meat using a potato masher and cook until crumbly and cooked through, about 5 minutes.  Add the minced garlic, and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly.  Remove from the heat and let cool.

Preheat the oven 350 degrees.

Cook lasagna noodles per instructions then lay them out on top of some parchment paper.

Combine the ricotta, mozzarella, Parmesan, egg, nutmeg, basil, parsley, sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste, together in a large bowl; mix until well combined.  Spoon a thin layer of the ricotta mixture down the entire length of the lasagna noodle. Repeat with the remaining noodles.  Next, place spoonfuls of the turkey sausage on top of the ricotta; repeat with the remaining noodles. Starting from one end, roll up.  Repeat.

Coat a baking dish with cooking spray then spoon a layer of the marinara sauce in the bottom of the baking dish.  Place the lasagna rolls, seam side down, into the baking dish.  Cover each roll with sauce then add a bit of mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese to the top of each roll.

Cover with tin foil, and cook for 15 minutes.  Remove the tin foil and continue baking for 5-10 minutes or until the cheese is melted.  Serve immediately.  Enjoy.

 

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Turkey Italian Sausage and Ricotta Lasagna Roll Ups




Yield: 6

Prep Time: 10 min.

Cook Time: 25 min.

Total Time: 35 min.



Ingredients:

6 links of turkey Italian sausage, removed from casing
1/2 tsp of fennel seeds, crushed
Dash of red pepper flakes
2 cloves of garlic, minced
8 lasagna noodles, cooked per instructions
1 15 oz container of ricotta cheese
2 tbsp basil, chopped finely
1 1/4 cups of mozzarella cheese, (divided)
1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese, (divided)
1 egg
1/4 tsp fresh nutmeg, grated
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste

Directions:

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Remove the turkey Italian sausage from the casing then add it to the pan. Add the crushed fennel seed and crushed red pepper flakes to the sausage. Break up the meat using a potato masher and cook until crumbly and cooked through, about 5 minutes. Add the minced garlic, and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat and let cool.

Preheat the oven 350 degrees.

Cook lasagna noodles per instructions then lay them out on top of some parchment paper.

Combine the ricotta, mozzarella, Parmesan egg, nutmeg, basil, parsley, sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste, together in a large bowl; mix until well combined. Spoon a thin layer of the ricotta mixture down the entire length of the lasagna noodle. Repeat with the remaining noodles. Next, place spoonfuls of the turkey sausage on top of the ricotta; repeat with the remaining noodles. Starting from one end, roll up. Repeat.

Coat a baking dish with cooking spray then spoon a layer of the marinara sauce in the bottom of the baking dish. Place the lasagna rolls, seam side down, into the baking dish. Cover each roll with sauce then add a bit of mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese to the top of each roll.

Cover with tin foil, and cook for 15 minutes. Remove the tin foil and continue baking for 5-10 minutes or until the cheese is melted. Serve immediately. Enjoy.



Recipe and photos For the Love of Cooking.net

References

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