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Sunday, January 18, 2009

Ricotta and Asparagus Pizza Recipe

I love pizzas and am always on the look out for something a little different to make. A friend served this up for a girls luncheon one day and I have to say, it is delicious, especially if you like asparagus. She made it with pita bread but you could also use lebanese as a base. It is quite easy to make and well worth the effort.


4 pita breads
300g ricotta cheese ( I used light)
200g fresh asparagus - blanched and thinly sliced
12 slices of prosciutto
1/4 cup finely grated lemon rind
sea salt and cracked black pepper to taste
olive oil
parmesan cheese - to serve


Preheat oven to 200C.
Place pita breads on oven trays and drizzle with a little oil.
Put ricotta, lemon rind, salt and pepper in a medium bowl and stir through to combine.
Put the mixture over the top of the pita breads, then top with the asparagus and prosiutto.
Drizzle a little more oil over this and bake in the oven for about 15 minutes or until cheese is golden.
Remove from oven and top with finely grated parmesan to serve.
Serve with a lovely tossed salad on the side that has some balsamic vinegar drizzled through it.

Porcupine Balls Recipe

I came across this in an old recipe file of mine and can only assume that I got it from my mother many years ago. I used to make these for my children when they were young and have to admit that I hadn't made them for a long time until just recently. They are so easy to make and everyone from children to adults will like them so I recommend them if you want something inexpensive and tasty to make.


500g mince steak ( I use a good one)
1 brown onion - peeled and finely diced
1 clove garlic - crushed (can use bottled)
1/2 cup uncooked rice ( I use basmati)
1 large egg
fresh parsley - chopped
1 teaspoon dried mixed herbs
1/2 cup fresh breadcrumbs ( I use multigrain or wholemeal)
sea salt and black pepper to taste (optional)

1 large can good tomato soup
1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
sea salt and black pepper to taste


Mix all ingredients together, using your hands.
Roll into balls about the size of walnuts and place into an ovenproof dish.
Pour sauce over the top and bake in a moderate oven for 45 minutes.
Serve over the top of mashed potato and carrots and beans on the side.