Ricotta Recommendations

When done right, it’s light, airy, satisfying with a creamy texture. Ricotta is one of my known favorites – it’s great on a slice of seeded toast in the morning, great with scrambled eggs, delicious in a tart, with honey and a drizzle of reduced balsamic vinegar, and apparently quite easy to create for the at-home cook.

Recently I’ve come across two ricotta dishes that surpassed my expectations, due to the unusual accompaniments.

Firstly, at relatively new bar (located in BoCoCa – Boerum Hill/Cobble Hill/Carroll Gardens – that’s right, it’s a-coming) Local 61 on Bergen Street, a spacious watering hole full of good vibes, local beers, and delicious treats – such as the Ricotta Honey on Toast which comes with a sprinkle of pistachio dust.  That’s right.  Pistachio dust.  Magic.  It is sweet though, so I advise sharing, but most of their offerings are just perfect for sharing.  Local 61 is a new favorite, with more elbow room than most bars, art from next-door neighbor The Invisible Dog gallery, brewery inspired light fixtures, and a CSA-platform.

The ricotta pancakes with blueberries, strawberries, bananas, honeycomb butter and maple syrup at Five Leaves restaurant are amazing.  And if one of those ingredients grabbed you, it had better be the honeycomb butter, because melting atop the hot-off-the-griddle cakes, they elevate pancakes to the next level, and render maple syrup almost irrelevant.  The addition of ricotta to pancakes keeps them moist and fluffy, a satisfying bed for the fruit, while the honeycomb butter keeps them on the decadent, rather than healthy side.  I mean, come on, it’s brunch.

Local 61

Five Leaves

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~ by drywoodburstingintoflame on June 2, 2011.

3 Responses to “Ricotta Recommendations”

  1. let’s make ricotta!!!

  2. Sure! Conquering cheese making – one cheese at a time? And then we’ll have to make some ricotta based dish to eat all of it!

    http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Fresh-Homemade-Ricotta-234282

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