A simple low-carb savoury snack. It can even take the place of a carb like potatoes or rice, because it's filling. Crisply fried cumbled bacon or dried hot pepper flakes can be added to the mixture to add more oomph. I tried my idea in muffin tins first, but they were a little large. I've made it again, using patty tins. EDITED: I changed my mind about the patty pans -- they were too thin, and I think muffin hollows are still the best bet.
- 1 lb ricotta cheese, fresh
- 1 large onion, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons oil (for frying)
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1⁄2 cup parmesan cheese, grated or 1⁄2 cup sharp cheddar cheese
- 1 tablespoon lemon zest (the zest of 1 lemon)
- 1 teaspoon black pepper, coarse
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 -2 tablespoon parsley, finely chopped
- 2 large eggs, beaten
- 3 tablespoons olive oil or 3 tablespoons flax seed oil
- Patty tins: if not nonstick, grease with butter or a spray.
- For patties, which are fairly thin, set oven at 300 deg F/150 deg Celsius.
- If you decide to use muffin hollows, heat oven to 325 deg F/160 deg Celsius.
- Put the ricotta in a bowl, and break up lumps with a fork until you have a crumbly mixture.
- Fry the chopped onion in a little oil over high heat, stirring. When the onion bits have softened a little and just start to catch, add the balsamic vinegar (for flavour and colour). Stir well and fry a little longer, then take off the heat. The vinegar should cook away, leaving just the flavour.
- Add the grated Parmesan, lemon zest, coarse pepper, salt, baking powder and parsley to the ricotta, and mix well by turning over and over.
- Add the fried onion. Beat the eggs and add, then the olive oil, and mix to a moist consistency.
- Fill patty pan hollows to the top, smoothing with a finger. (They don't rise much).
- (Or fill muffin cups to the top). The recipe makes 7 muffins for me – I guess most muffin tins are the same size.
- Bake patty tins for about 17 - 20 minutes, until edges are brown and tops start to colour.
- Bake muffin size snacks for about 30 minutes.
- Serve hot or cooled, not chilled. Handy for a quick snack with tea.