Rustic Surprise [BWJ]
There are those moments when you look at a recipe and it is almost as if the Hallelujah chorus breaks out – you know you have found the one! On that special day when you are sure to impress, you bring out the recipe, excited about your secret success around the corner. But, it seems like those are always the recipes that turn out “not as good as you expected” and you wish you hadn’t hoped so high, hadn’t invested so much.
On the other hand, there are a variety of recipes that, if I were truly being honest, I would skip right over. Sometimes it is the difficulty of finding the ingredients. Sometimes it is because the complication doesn’t seem to outweigh the final taste. Sometimes, I just have that feeling that it will wind up in the trash because it just wasn’t “great” and no one ate it.
This weekend, I wavered. This recipe was smack dab in the second set of recipes. Complicated, difficult ingredients, and a recipe that was sure to be left uneaten. But, (thankfully!) I had that sneaky feeling. What if in the end this turns out terrific and I am missing out? What if everyone thinks it is delicious and I wind up left out of knowing it?
The Homemade Ricotta Cheese was what pushed me over the edge. It is not to say that “ricotta” cheese isn’t sold here, because it is. But it is not the ricotta that I know. It is a hard, white, unflavorful brick of a cheese. What was I to do? I decided to try to make it myself and giggled with glee when I tasted it for the first time and found that I had a creamy batch of delicious, spreadable, flavorful ricotta cheese. Because I knew that a “cheese pie” wasn’t going to go over well here, I thought it best to fill it full of spinach. I bought fresh spinach which I cleaned, steamed and drained.
Personally, I thought the crust was delicious. I did use powdered sugar instead of granulated because I am always worried it will wind up gritty if I use regular sugar. I used the Homemade Ricotta Cheese mixed with mozzarella & parmesan cheese, chopped spinach, a little salt and a pinch of nutmeg. As I assembled it, I had that feeling. This was going to be good.
And, it was. It was delicious. Even my DH thought the taste was very good but would have preferred shredded chicken in it or some kind of ham. Good to know for next time!