Fresh ricotta is not only a delicious and versatile cheese, but also surprisingly easy to make. Andrew Zimmern likes to season his ricotta with honey and spicy chiles, and schmear it on grilled bread.
Slideshow: Great Ricotta Recipes
8 cups whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon fine sea salt, plus more for seasoning
1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
1 fresh hot red chile—stemmed, seeded and minced
1 tablespoon honey, plus more for drizzling
Grilled rustic bread, for serving
How to Make It
In a large saucepan, combine the milk with the heavy cream and 1 teaspoon of salt and cook over moderately low heat until a candy thermometer inserted in the mixture registers 175°, about 12 minutes. Gradually stir in the vinegar, then remove from the heat and let stand until the milk solids float to the surface, about 20 minutes.
Using a slotted spoon, gently transfer the milk solids to a cheesecloth-lined sieve set over a bowl. Let drain for 1 hour. Discard the liquid.
Transfer the fresh ricotta to a bowl and refrigerate until slightly chilled, about 30 minutes.
Fold the minced chile and 1 tablespoon of honey into the ricotta and season with salt and pepper. Drizzle honey on the ricotta and serve with grilled bread.
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