Prep 24 hrs
Cook 15 mins
Supposely because of the large amount of garlic in this recipe it is bound to keep away the angel of death--thought this sounded interesting and delicious and although I haven't made this yet I will be making this cheese soon. Recipe source: Bon Appetit (May 1981)
- 1 head garlic, seperated into cloves
- 8 ounces ricotta cheese, room temperature
- 4 ounces gorgonzola, crumbled, room temperature
- 1 cup whipping cream
- 3⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 2 sage leaves
- 1⁄3 cup walnuts, finely chopped
- Line a strainer with cheesecloth.
- In a small saucepan filled with boiling water over medium heat, add garlic and cook for 15- 20 minutes or until garlic can be piered with a knife. Drain well and let cool. Transfer garlic to a garlic press in batches and force through press. Measure out 2 tablespoons and set aside.
- Beat ricotta in a medium bowl until softened. Add gorgonzola and continue mixing until smooth. Beat in cream.
- Stir in salt and reserved garlic.
- Dampen a 12 x 18-inch piece of cheesecloth and wring dry.
- Arrange two sage leaves bottom side up in center of cloth.
- Spoon cheese mixture over leaves, leaving a loose ball.
- Tie ends of cloth together, pressing cheese mixture into a shape (a heart shape is easy to do and looks nice).
- Transfer to cheesecloth lined strainer and set the strainer over a bowl.
- Refrigerate for at least 24 hours (or up to 4 days).
- Unmold cheese onto a platter.
- Please walnuts over the entire surface of cheese.
- Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
- Let stand at room temperature for one hour before serving.
This is delicious! I skipped the walnuts and used fresh oregano instead of sage leaves. Otherwise, followed directions---result was very pretty--the little leaves of oregano dotted over the surface of the cheese ball. Very creamy and rich and despite the name, the garlic is not over-powering. I do think the amount of cream should be reduced to 2/3 of a cup. Thanks, Ellie! This is GREAT.
My family truly enjoyed this recipe. No vampires in this house! My daughter would have eaten the whole cheese ball if I let her. While it takes a bit of time, it's really flavorful and worth it. I would definitely serve this when entertaining. Thanks for sharing :)