Being the good Portuguese girl that I am, I had to bring food. I wanted to make something that she could just heat up a serving at a time - or warm it up for a quick meal for her and her fiance. I made a quick and simple lasagna with turkey sausage and spinach.
Shaw's had ricotta on sale, and the biggest one was cheaper than the small one!! JACKPOT - Also being a good Portuguese girl meant that I had to buy the cheapest one. Of course, that left me with more ricotta than I knew what to do with.
Once the lasagna was delivered I did a quick search for 'ricotta' on Epicurious.com: hmm...ricotta tart, ricotta gelati, ricotta cheesecake. I had already mixed it with some spinach for the lasagna, so a sweet application was out of the question. Then - poof - the light bulb of inspiration! Gnocchi! I perused a few recipes for basic technique, then I winged it.
Next, I rolled the mix into balls, and then tossed them in some flour....
cover and chill again...this time for about 15 minutes
Then I dropped them in some boiling water
Once they floated to the top they were done...but I figured it was too good to be true. So I tasted one. It was a perfect, light, little cheese ball.
In a skillet on another burner I had been warming some of the tomato sauce. I quickly drained my little cheese clouds, and dropped them in the sauce.
Not only were these ABSOLUTELY delicious...I had everything on hand to make them -- I didn't buy a single ingredient! I can't tell you how many times an unfortunate container of ricotta has gone past its 'use by' date in the back of my fridge while I try to figure out what to do with it. Never again.
What is your favorite dish to make with leftover ingredients?