Chicken Meatballs with Homemade Ricotta

Recipe courtesy of Fritz Cassel, Executive Chef, Hullabaloo Restaurant, West Palm Beach, Florida
Show: Emeril's Florida Episode: Out on the Town
TOTAL TIME: 1 hr 25 min
Prep: 15 min
Inactive Prep: 30 min
Cook: 40 min
YIELD: 6 to 8 appetizer servings
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

MEATBALLS:
  • 2 pounds ground chicken (white and dark meat)
  • 2 cups breadcrumbs
  • 1 roasted red pepper, minced
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 10 fresh basil leaves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 pinch crushed red pepper flakes
  • Oil, for greasing the baking sheet
RICOTTA CHEESE:
  • 1/2 gallon whole milk
  • 1 quart buttermilk
  • 1 quart heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • Homemade or store-bought tomato sauce, for serving
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Directions

Special equipment: A very fine strainer or a strainer lined with cheesecloth

For the meatballs: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Combine the chicken, breadcrumbs, roasted red pepper, buttermilk, parsley, oregano, thyme, basil, garlic, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes in a large bowl and mix thoroughly. Roll the mixture into 2- to 3-inch balls, though the meatballs can be made into any size desired.

Place the meatballs on a lightly-greased baking sheet and roast until cooked through and a little brown, 35 to 40 minutes.

For the ricotta cheese Bring the milk, buttermilk, heavy cream and salt to a boil in a large stockpot over medium heat, then turn off the heat and let sit for 30 minutes.

Using a very fine strainer or cheesecloth, strain the milk mixture to separate the thick parts, or curds, from the remaining liquid, or whey, over a bowl or container. Discard the whey. For thicker ricotta, let the mixture strain longer so more liquid is removed. Let cool and adjust seasoning if necessary.

Serve the meatballs hot with your favorite homemade or store-bought tomato sauce and garnish with pieces of ricotta.

Notes

This recipe was provided by a chef, restaurant or culinary professional and may have been scaled down from a bulk recipe. Cooking Channel has not tested it for home use and therefore cannot make any representation as to the results.
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