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Baked ricotta with roast tomatoes and bacon



Baked ricotta with roast tomatoes and bacon
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Indian
 
This delicious brunch dish would be perfect for mum on Sunday.
Ingredients
  • 3 desiree potatoes (about 350g), peeled, halved
  • 250g prosciutto slices
  • 2 eggs
  • 1kg fresh ricotta, drained
  • ⅓ cup (25g) grated parmesan
  • ¼ cup chopped mixed herbs (such as flat-leaf parsley, basil, chives and oregano)
  • 250g vine-ripened cherry tomatoes
  • Grilled bacon rashers or bacon curls (see note) and grilled bread, to serve
  • 1 cup wild rocket leaves
  • Extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar, to drizzle
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line a 10cm x 30cm loaf pan with baking paper.
  2. Place potatoes in a pan of cold salted water. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and cook for 8-10 minutes until just tender, then drain. When cool enough to handle, grate coarsely into a large bowl.
  3. Finely chop prosciutto in a food processor, then add to the potato. Process the eggs and ricotta in the food processor until smooth. Add to the potato mixture with the parmesan and herbs, and season well with salt and pepper. Fill the loaf pan with the mixture and bake for 20 minutes or until firm. Allow to cool for 10 minutes.
  4. While the ricotta is cooling, place the tomatoes on a baking tray and drizzle with olive oil. Roast in the oven for 5 minutes or until just starting to split.
  5. Turn out ricotta and slice thickly. Serve with tomatoes, bacon and rocket, and drizzle with a little olive oil and vinegar.
Notes
To make bacon curls as in the photo, wrap rindless streaky bacon (without the eye) around round-handled metal spoons or kitchen utensils and bake in a 200°C oven for 5 minutes, then slide the bacon off the handle.



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