Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Fried Spinach Ricotta Rounds

I found this beautiful recipe over at Chef Chuck's. He creates amazing Italian dishes that make my mouth water whenever I visit. I made these during the week as my dinner so that I could forgo the guilt of frying, even though this is not a deep fry. Just about 1/4 " of oil is all you need.

I will definitely be making these again as the combination of spinach, ricotta & garlic just makes me very happy!!!! They were so delicious I didn't need any sauce for dipping!


FRIED SPINACH RICOTTA ROUNDS

5 cups fresh spinach
3/4 cup ricotta cheese
1 cup parmigiano cheese, grated
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 eggs
1 cup panko breadcrumbs (I used Italian style)
Salt & pepper to taste
Olive oil for frying
Marinara sauce for dipping (optional)

Wash & dry spinach leaves, chop & set aside. In a large bowl mix ricotta, parmigiano, garlic, 1 egg, 2 tablespoons breadcrumbs, salt & pepper. Add spinach & mix well.


Form into small balls or patties. Dip in beaten egg then breadcrumbs. Updated: With the round in one hand, use your other hand to just smear some egg on each side of the mixture. This will be enough.


Heat oil to 350 degrees & fry a few at at time until golden brown, about 1 1/2 minutes on each side.


Drain on cloth or paper towels, sprinkle with a bit of salt & a little parmigiana cheese & serve.


{Food for Thought}

The original recipe had these formed into balls which I loved. But after forming them & starting to fry them, while starving, I decided to flatten them gently into patties so they'd fry quicker. A ball, well, would take more supervision & turns. I also tore my spinach leaves roughly, just discarding the stems.

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40 comments:

Stereos and Souffles said...

Looks so good. I gotta try these.

Jen said...

these looks so yummy. Definitely something I want to try too.

Katiesperk said...

Wow! These look amazing. Thanks for sharing!

Tender Branson said...

I'm all about the flattening too...the faster it gets in my stomach the better. I'm not a big fan of ricotta so I'd probably replace it with tofu and see how that goes. Thanks for the inspiration.

Ms Bibi said...

Delicious. Ricotta and Spinach, you can't go wrong.

Chef E said...

Ditto...ricotta and spinach rock together...not to mention fried anything is in my southern blood, LOL!

Geezees Geezees Custom Canvas Art said...

Mmmmm...that looks delicious!

Kacey R. said...

My mouth is watering. I love spinach. I think I'll love it even more fried. How can you not love anything fried? LOL Have you even had fried pickles? Oh so yummy!

Melissa aka Equidae said...

this came jsut in time :) tonight I was gonna do lasagne with spinach and ricotta but seeing this ha will try it instead :) thanks for the recipe!

Erin, Nick and Merrick said...

Holy crap those look amazing

Liza said...

OK, it's 7:55 a.m. Do I have to wait until dinner to make these?

Lula! said...

Um...yes...I DID just print this one out. I think my girls would love this just as much as me and Scott!!!!

Coco said...

Darn it! I wish I would of seen this yesterday. I had Bunco over here and these would of been a hit.

Would they of been yummy after they cooled off a bit?

Cinnamon-Girl Reeni♥ said...

These have my favorites in them! They look so yummy! These will definitely be on my plate!

love lives in the kitchen said...

i know it's not ok but i just love fried food... this recipe is just perfect!
have a sweet day!
justyna

Pam said...

Nice. I've never had anything like this before but I know I would love it!

Tam said...

I love Italian food! I think in my other life I was Italian!

~Marie~ said...

Oh yum! These look so good.

Gloria said...

Look amazing, I love it an love the combo ricotta and spinachs! so yummy!!! gloria

FROGGITY! said...

you had me at 'fried' and then sealed the deal by 'spinach.' yum!

elasticwaistbands said...

oh my gawd...these look so good i can almost hear myself getting fatter!

mmmmmm....i'll be back!

p.s. thanks for dropping by my site!

Meghan said...

These look soooo good! I love how they don't require that much oil. I must make these!

Just Breathe said...

They sound wonderful. I love spinach and ricotta! I don't like to fry but I'm thinking that I may be able to bake these. I'll let you know if it works.

Maria said...

Spinach and ricotta! Yum!

Janean said...

my fav ingredients!! looks and sounds too yummy.

Whimsical Creations said...

That sounds amazing! I will have to try that!

Ronda said...

Going to Maryland this weekend with some fresh Italian goodies from our local Italian market. I am so making these too! Have a great weekend!!
XOXO

blueviolet said...

Oh my gosh, those are 100% up my alley! I have to make them!

simpledaisy said...

How could you go wrong with anything fried?!?!?!
They look yummy:)

The Blonde Duck said...

On my list!

Michelle said...

I haven't eaten breakfast yet and those pictures are making my mouth water!

Tiaras said...

aw - looks like I have something new for dinner tonight!

Kerstin said...

Oh wow, these look so good for when you're craving something indulgent - yum!

Laurie said...

Thank you for helping me think of dinner tonight! I can't wait to try these.

I'm a very new blogger and found my way to you on your SITS day. And you've already visited and commented on my brand-new blog! Thank-you so much ...it means a lot to me!

You're the first foodie-blog I decided to follow! I was wondering, do you have food-gift-type Christmas ideas? I always think it would be so cool to give people raspberry sage vinegar in a pretty bottle-type presents, but I never think about it in enough time for things to cure, or to find the bottles, or whatever!

I need a/some good idea(s) when there is still plenty of time to make them ...

Thanks again for your upbeat & oh so helpful blog!

http://youmusttakeyourchance.blogspot.com/

The Garden of Egan said...

That looks divine! Gonna be surfing here for awhile to get some yummy ideas.
Love your blog.

Laurie said...

Well duh ....I was so smitten with the Ricotta Cheese rounds ...don't ask me how but I missed C-C-Christmas Is Coming blog! Great ideas! Thanks for getting me to start thinking about the holidays. Maybe I'll be organized this year. Ha ha!

Ricotta Cheese rounds, delish!! My 15 year old couldn't get enough!

Life with Kaishon said...

When I read about these I was on an airplane and I was so excited : ) They sound delish!

SM said...

I'm making these tonight! They look amazing!

Michelle said...

Aha! I found the recipe. Oh these look good. I'm trying to picture smearing the egg on and failing, but I'm sure I'll figure something out. Yum!

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