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Recipe of the month: Ricotta soufflé with fresh spring salad

For our recipe of the month this May, Dievole’s Chef Monika Filipinska has invented a wonderfully light, summery ricotta soufflé topped with crunchy spring vegetables. An optional “caviar” prepared with our Rosato di Sangiovese, adds an unexpected gourmet touch. With a little patience and preparation, it is surprisingly easy to make, especially if you follow our illustrated recipe. Served as a starter, it’s sure to impress your guests.

Illustrated Recipe

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Download a printable version of the illustrated recipe for ricotta soufflé in English and Italian.

Ricotta soufflé recipe

The finished dish

The finished dish

Ingredients (serves 8)

  • 500 g fresh ricotta
  • 5 egg whites
  • 50 g choped mixed fresh herbs (such as thyme, marjoram, basili)
  • 200 g baby salad, thin asparagus, celery (or other crunchy seasonal vegetables)
  • A handful of edible flowers
  • Pinch of salt and pepper
  • 50 g of “caviar of rosato Chianti Classico” (see below)

Instructions

  • Mix ricotta, egg whites, herbs, salt and pepper, and put into 8 molds
  • Heat oven to 140 degress Celcius. Prepare a pan of water and put the molds in it to cook in a water bath (double boiler) in the oven for 30 minutes. When done, bring to room temperature.
  • Meanwhile, wash the salad and thinly slice the vegetables. Put the vegetables in a bowl of ice water.
  • Place the soufflé at the center of the plate and arrange a selection of salad and vegetables on top. Optional: decorate the plate and soufflé with edible flowers and the “caviar” (instructions below)

For the “caviar of rosato Chianti Classico” (optional)

The "caviar"

The “caviar”

  • Ingredients: 300 ml Dievole rosato wine, 3 g agar agar
  • In a saucepan, bring to boil the rosato wine, add agar agar and stir the boiling liquid for 2 minutes.
  • Put the liquid in a syringe or baby bottle with nipple. Fill a bowl with cold sunflower oil and let the liquid drop into here. The balls will form by themselves. Drain and put on absorbent paper to gather the “caviar”.
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