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Ricotta Polpettes with Sage

William Meppem

Ricotta Polpettes with Sage recipe, bought to you by MiNDFOOD.

Ricotta Polpettes with Sage

Serves 4

400g fresh ricotta

300g baby spinach

1 large lemon, finely grated rind

1 egg, whisked

½ cup finely grated parmesan

½ cup plain flour

2 tbsp toasted pine nuts

½ tsp chilli flakes

¼ tsp ground nutmeg

80g butter

⅓ cup fresh sage leaves

Line a fine sieve with muslin and place over a bowl. Add ricotta and cover. Place in the refrigerator and drain overnight. Discard whey. If ricotta is firm and dry you can omit this step.

Place spinach into a bowl and cover with boiling water. Stand for 1 minute or until spinach has just wilted. Drain and rinse under cold water. Using your hands, squeeze water from spinach. Finely chop and place into a large bowl. Add ricotta, lemon rind, egg, parmesan, half the flour, pine nuts, chilli and nutmeg. Stir until well combined. Roll heaped tablespoonfuls of mixture into balls and place onto a large plate. Lightly coat polpettes in remaining flour.    

Bring a large saucepan of salted water to the boil over a high heat. Reduce heat to medium. Add 6 polpettes and cook for 3-4 minutes or until balls float to surface. Remove with a slotted spoon to a large baking tray. Cook remaining polpettes.

Heat butter in a saucepan over medium heat until melted and sizzling. Add sage leaves and cook for 2 minutes or until crisp. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towel. Continue to cook butter for 2-3 minutes or until butter turns a golden nutty colour. Pour into a jug. Transfer polpettes to serving plates. Drizzle with butter and sprinkle with sage leaves.

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