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Tuesday
Jan222013

Gnudi Day 2

Our first order of business on day 2 was to taste our two cheeses prepared on day 1.  Primo sale was light with a smooth, natural taste whereas the cooked cheese had noticeably more acidic flavor.  Both were excellent.  One could envision pairing these cheeses with some chestnut honey or a nice argula salad.

The next order of business was to do some cooking with fresh cheese.  The ingredient du jour was ricotta cheese.  True ricotta is made from the whey (not the curd) and translated means "recooked".  Ricotta is a low yield product but can be maximized by letting the whey solution acidify either by bacterial action or the addition of external acid.  Anyway, we were supplied with some wonderfully fresh ricotta cheese.  Chef Trapani gave the students a quick lesson in the preparation of gnudi and we were off to the races.

Gnudi are essentially a naked ravioli.  Below you can see the ingredients:  flour, egg, cooked and chopped spinach, parmigiano, salt, and ricotta.  Simple, right?

Students mixed their ingredients, formed their spherical gnudi, and cooked them in salted water.  After the gnudi were done, we basted them in a saute pan containing butter and sage.  In a short amount of time we had enough food for the entire class; the only thing missing was some fine wine!

Overall, our 2 day cheesemaking experience was a huge success.  We not only made cheese but learned how to transform fresh cheese, such as ricotta, into a wonderfully flavorful dish typical of central Italy.

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