5 ingredient ricotta cheese balls
A party perfect appetizer made 3 ways with make ahead of time tips.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
- 15 oz / 425 gms tub Ricotta cheese
- 2 cups fresh bread crumbs
- ½ teaspoon red chili flakes optional
- 1 teaspoon dried Italian mix herbs or oregano
- Salt to taste
- Couple twists of black pepper
- 1 cup or more panko bread crumbs*
- ½ cup rice flour/ cornstarch
- 2 tablespoon flaxseed meal *
- 10 tablespoon warm water
Place ricotta cheese in a muslin cloth and remove as much water you can.
Now place all the ingredients called to make cheese balls in a medium size bowl.
Mix well and make lime size balls.
Keep aside covered in the fridge.
Meanwhile prepare the coating station.
Place cornstarch , bread crumbs , flaxmeal gel in 3 different bowls.
Now take one ball and roll it in cornstarch .
Now dip it in the slurry and coat well.
Then dunk it in the bread crumbs and roll it well.
Heat oil in a frying pan on medium heat .
Once warm add in one cheese ball and see if it fries well and doesn’t break.
Now go ahead and fry 4-5 balls at a time until golden brown.
Repeat this with all the cheese balls .
Place them on a paper towel to remove excess oil if any.
Cooking in appe pan / aebleskiever pan
Heat up the appe pan on low medium heat, brush every cavity lightly with oil. Once warm , add the balls and brush them with oil , cook them until golden brown overall. Rotate and flip them in intervals with a help of a small spoon or wooden skewer as needed to evenly cook . The appe pan method is quiet slow but results are worth it. Alternatively you can bake them.
Serve warm with a side of your favorite dip , ketchup or chutney.
Baking it in the oven
Pre heat oven to 450 degrees F
Place all the coated cheese balls in a baking tray lined with foil and lightly brushed with oil .
Brush each ball with oil.
Bake for 15-20 minutes, flipping them mid way or until light golden brown.
Please go through important notes for substitutions.
Condiments are used for elevating the flavor , you may use or skip them. Use store bought bread crumbs or baked bread crumbs for outer coating .
Instead of flaxseed meal gel you can use cornstarch slurry.
Make ahead of time tips.
You can prepare the ricotta balls ahead of time. Roll it in bread crumbs . Place the balls in a tray/dish . Cover it with plastic wrap and stick it in the fridge 2-3 days ahead of time. You may even fry a large batch hours before the party and store at room temperature. Just before serving warm them in the oven at 400 deg F for 10-15 minutes .