Ricotta Burger a REAL Cheese Burger

March 4th, 2010 / Comments 8

Beef, chicken and pork seem to have disappeared from my pantry. The market in Sicily is filled with fish, fruit, vegetables and cheese. There are stores that are more similar to American grocery stores where virtually everything is wrapped in plastic including cuts of beef, pork and chiken; but, none of it appeals to me.

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The only role an animal has in my diet is to provide milk that is the decorative element that tops  my cappuccino.

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Or the liquid that is magically transformed into an extraordinary variety of fresh and aged cheeses.

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I remembered hearing about using ricotta to make a cheese burger and so decided to give it a try.  It was quite simple to do. I put the usual burger toppers, lettuce and tomato, under it  added a few olives, and skipped the sesame seed roll and mayo.  Here’s how I did it:

Ricotta Burger – a real cheese burger!

I began by putting two cups of fresh, whole milk ricotta into a mesh strainer  lined with two layers of white paper towel to drain. Then I diced half an onion and sauteed it in olive oil until it was soft and began to brown.

I put the drained ricotta into a bowl and added one beaten egg, half a cup of bread crumbs, a pinch or oregano, a pinch of dried red pepper flakes and a handful of chopped flat leaf parsley. I formed the mixture into six small patties and fried them in two tablespoons of olive oil until they were brown.

I made a salad of lettuce, tomato, cucmber and a few olives, put the cheese burgers on top and lunch was ready.

Ricotta Burger List

  • onion
  • olive oil
  • one egg
  • bread crumbs
  • oregano
  • dried red pepper flakes
  • flat leaf parsley
  • lettuce
  • tomato
  • cucmber
  • olives

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