Fresh sheepsmilk ricotta cheese is our current food obsession. It’s wonderful in so many contexts: on toast with jam, in pasta dishes or scrambled eggs, with fresh berries… we could go on and on. But there’s one unexpectedly delicious pairing we're dying to share: Fresh ricotta and roast pork.
It might sound strange to serve cheese as a condiment with pork. But trust us—it’s heavenly. When we make an herb-studded roast pork shoulder (a dinner party favorite), we offer a little bowl of fresh ricotta (mixed with a pinch of Fleur de Sel) on the side. The light, fluffy cheese is a wonderful counterpoint to the rich, juicy pork. The next day, you can spread some fresh ricotta on a toasted piece of country bread and make an open-face leftover pork sandwich. To die for!
Fresh ricotta can also add a little decadence to a leaner cut like pork tenderloin. Try adding something slightly sweet as well, like caramelized onions or roasted apples.
We buy our fresh ricotta at Cowgirl Creamery, our local fabulous cheese store at the San Francisco Ferry Building. Bellwether Farms ricotta, which is available at some Whole Foods, is also wonderful. Or, if you're feeling adventurous, make your own!
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