Basil Ricotta Fritters with Rosé Sauce Recipe

basil ricotta fritters

These Basil Ricotta Fritters with Rosé Sauce are an appetizer you’d want to serve with your favourite sparkling wine. Ontario ricotta is the perfect ingredient for a soft, delicately flavoured dough wonderfully complemented by the creamy tomato rosé sauce made with Ontario whipping cream. Whether you’re looking for a new appetizer for a family dinner or the perfect recipe for date night, these fritters are a great addition to any meal!

Basil Ricotta Fritters with Rosé Sauce 

Recipe Courtesy of Savour Ontario

475 grams Ontario ricotta cheese (we carry varieties from Ferrante or Bella Casara by Quality Cheese!)
3 eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour
4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
2 cloves garlic, minced
Canola oil for frying

1 cup tomato basil pasta sauce
1/2 cup 35% Ontario whipping cream (one of our favourites is from Sheldon Creek Dairy)

To prepare the sauce, combine pasta sauce and whipping cream in a saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Simmer for about 5 minutes or until thickened slightly and hot; keep warm.

To prepare the fritters, in a large bowl, stir together ricotta cheese, eggs, basil, and garlic. In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir flour mixture into ricotta mixture until well combined.

Meanwhile, in high-sided, heavy-bottomed saucepan, bring about 4 inches of oil to 350°F or alternately use a deep fryer and heat to temperature. Take a heaping tablespoon of dough and gently roll into a small log, repeating until dough is used up. Add to oil about 4 to 6 at a time and cook, turning occasionally, for about 3 minutes or until golden brown. Remove fritters with a slotted spoon to a paper towel-lined plate. Repeat with remaining dough. Serve drizzled with warm rosé sauce or alongside for dipping.

Buon appetito!

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