Stuffed Shells with Smoked Ricotta Cheese

Discussion in 'Cheese' started by fire it up, Apr 11, 2010.

  1. fire it up

    fire it up Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Came across an idea while Googling a few days back and from that some smoked ricotta cheese was born!

    Took some ricotta I had, placed it in some cheesecloth and placed inside a strainer over a pan with a light weight on top to push out some moisture and set in the fridge for 12 hours, 12 hours to overnight works.

    When the 12 hours were up I removed it from the fridge and spread out over a pan that had some holes in it and smoked over oak at 250, would have done at 200 but I had a few other things on.

    It has a great mellow smokiness throughout and would be great in a dessert!
    Into a bowl to cool.

    To go with it I threw together a smoky sauce.
    Got ready to throw some tomatoes and a sweet onion in the smoker

    Almost forgot the garlic!!!

    Smoked for 1 1/2 hours at 250

    I sauteed some smoked and regular onion with olive oil then added the garlic.
    Added smoked tomatoes, oregano, salt, pepper, little sugar, bay leaf and a little tomato paste, simmered for about 4 hours was late or I would have done 6-8) then cooled overnight.

    Next day I made a mixture of the ricotta, some cottage cheese, parsley, salt, pepper, parm, 1 egg and 2 yolks, stuffed some shells I had boiled, spread sauce in the bottom of the pan then shells and topped with mozz and a 5 blend Ital cheese, I wish I had some smoked mozz but I ran out and haven't gotten around to making any more yet.

    Baked at 350, 20 minutes covered and 10 more uncovered.
    While the shells were in the oven I made a mixture of butter, minced garlic, oregano, parsley and some crushed red pepper. Spread on some Italian bread and threw into the smoker with a little oak and hickory at 375 for about 5 minutes.

    Shells coming out

    They were were delicious, the sauce had a great smoky flavor. Cheese in the shells definitely could have used more as it was pretty light and almost got lost with the addition of other ingredients but was still tasty. The next day when I reheated them the smoke in the filling came through much more.
    I think next up will be eggplant rollatini [​IMG]
  2. polishmeat

    polishmeat Meat Mopper

    two words, HOLY CRAP
    Man those look outstanding!!![​IMG]
  3. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    I should know better than to log on here when I'm hungry. Thats a awesome looking dish.
  4. ronp

    ronp Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Nice job man. Yumm.[​IMG]
  5. miamirick

    miamirick Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    allright, i was real happy five minutes ago sitting here eating a pulled pork sandwich and some baked beans


    gotta give some points
  6. rcullison

    rcullison Fire Starter

    looks great. nice step by step pics
  7. chisoxjim

    chisoxjim Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    yep... simply brilliant, as always. [​IMG]
  8. cheapchalee

    cheapchalee Smoking Fanatic

    Absoulty gorgeous, great qview. Got to wipe the drool off the keyboard. [​IMG]

  9. I will surely have to give this a try! Been thinking about smoking some cheese but I think I'll have a tough time smoking any hard cheeses unless I can get my temps below 175 so this sounds perfect.

    Looks great! [​IMG]
  10. northern greenhorn

    northern greenhorn Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    I love stuffed shells, and what a great idea, smoking the ricotta [​IMG]
  11. ak1

    ak1 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Wow!!!! Looks fantastic.[​IMG]
  12. kaiser

    kaiser Smoke Blower

    wow that looks good [​IMG]
  13. treegje

    treegje Master of the Pit

    [​IMG]Wow excellent job that had to be good
  14. cruizer

    cruizer Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Looks great! Love the idea will be on the to do list. Thanx
  15. roller

    roller Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Thats what I`m talking about !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!![​IMG]
  16. Awesome job and thanks for sharing!!
  17. caveman

    caveman Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    That was an excellent & fabulous job there buddy!! [​IMG]
  18. [​IMG]WoW those look awesome, I'm definetly going to try it.
  19. those look damn good! [​IMG]
  20. mama's smoke

    mama's smoke Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    I am so humbled in your presence. This looks fabulous.

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