Scrambled Eggs with Homemade Ricotta on Sourdough Toast
By Chef Colter Peck of Elementary
Raw milk and cream (Pre-order from Ash Acres for pick up at Lakeline or Mueller!)
Lemon juice or vinegar
Garnishes (optional): Pickled red onions, hot honey
Instructions For Making Ricotta
To make homemade ricotta, you will need a sauce pan, cheesecloth, a strainer, and a container to strain the cheese in/collect the whey.
Add raw milk, cream, and salt to saucepan on medium to high heat. About ½ gallon of milk, pint of cream, and a pinch of salt makes a large batch. Keep a close eye on it and do not bring it to a full boil. When it starts steaming and a layer of foam starts to develop, turn the heat down and add the lemon juice (or white vinegar) – about ⅓ cup – and remove from heat. Let it sit for about 10 minutes and the curds will separate from the whey (the term for the leftover liquid).
Fold your cheese cloth over itself about three times, and use it to line a strainer. Pour the mixture into the strainer, letting it drain until most of the liquid has strained. Next, carefully remove the cheese cloth containing the ricotta, and using the corners of the cheesecloth, tie to a wooden spoon and rest that on top of the container to continue to strain out the whey. The longer you strain it, the more the ricotta will solidify.
NOTE: The leftover whey can be used in baked goods as a sub for water or milk! Traditionally, ricotta is made using whey from other cheeses, as opposed to raw milk/cream.
Instructions for Scrambled Eggs & Toast
While your ricotta is straining, start toasting up some thick slices of sourdough bread (we used Texas French Bread). On Sunday, Colter slathered these with some miso butter he had made, but regular butter and some sea salt works just as well!
Scramble the eggs low and slow to get a nice creamy consistency, mixing in ricotta as desired. Top the toast with a nice healthy scoop, and then top the eggs with your garnishes of choice! Colter used pickled red onions (you can find these from some of our vendors at market or make your own!) and a homemade hot honey mixture. You can also find hot honey from Round Rock Honey at the market, or make your own by mixing honey with crushed red pepper or chili flakes.
Here are some recipes we rounded up for further instructions/inspiration!
Butternut Squash Pasta
By Monique Santua
1 tbsp olive oil
1 garlic clove, smashed
1 cup butternut squash, small dice
1 carrot sliced thinly
½ cup onions
3 sage leaves
1 tbsp honey or maple syrup
Spaghetti or pasta of your choice
¼ cup pancetta or bacon (sub oyster mushroom for vegetarian option)
1 tbsp minced ginger
1 tsp red pepper flakes
½ cup white wine
2 tbsp butter
2 sage leaves chiffonade
Heat a pot of water for pasta. Make sure to salt the water!
In a medium saute pan, bloom garlic. Add onions and saute with a pinch of salt. Add carrots, butternut squash, and sage and cook through.
Blend butternut squash mixture, adding honey and water to thin as necessary.
Wipe pan clean. Render bacon. If using oyster mushrooms, heat neutral oil until just smoking and saute oyster mushrooms with a pinch of salt. Add sage, minced ginger, and garlic and saute until fragrant (1 min). Deglaze with white wine and simmer until liquid is reduced by half.
Meanwhile, drop pasta into the pasta water
Add pureed butternut squash to the pan and heat. Add in butter and stir until melted. Adjust salt to taste. Hold on medium low until pasta is ready.
When pasta is cooked through, add directly into the sauce and toss to incorporate. Add parmesan. This will thicken the sauce, so add a splash of pasta water to thin the sauce as needed. Add salt to taste. Finish with olive oil.
Market Recipe: Sweet Potato Fries
1 bag of VRDNT farm sweet potatoes
Crushed red pepper flakes
1/3 cup tahini
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup raw cashwews
Juice from 2 lemons
1 tbsp capers & caper juice
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 tbsp spicy brown mustard
1 tsp olive oil
1 tsp honey
salt & pepper to taste
Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees.
Wash the potatoes and cut in half or quarters, length-wise .
Spread evenly on a baking sheet, and drizzle with olive oil, salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper. Bake for approximately 10 minutes, then give them a quick toss and let bake for 10 more minutes.
Tahini Dipping Sauce: Add all ingredients to blender or food processor and blend until mixture reaches a smooth, creamy consistency
Market Recipe: Tempeh Hash
1/2 lb Orale BBQ Brisket Tempeh
1 large sweet potato or 2-3 small sweet potatoes
2 red potatoes
1 handful shishito peppers
3-4 small purple peppers
1 large onion (red or yellow will work)
2-3 garlic cloves
Peel and dice your potatoes first. Dice them into small pieces to cook faster, and add to a large pan with olive oil on medium heat. As they simmer, dice the onion and garlic and add to the pan, then the peppers and tempeh, cut into small pieces. Stir occasionally, adding additional olive oil as needed, as well as salt & pepper to taste. Once potatoes have softened and all ingredients are slightly browned, remove from heat and serve.
Italian Dijon Potatoes with Leeks & Long Beans
by Market Chef Brian Birde
5-6 small potatoes
One bunch long beans
Salt & pepper to taste
Start by dicing the potatoes into small cubes and place into a pan with olive oil and lid. Stir occasionally. Once the potatoes start to soften, add in long beans cut into inch-long pieces, and leeks – cleaned, sliced in half length-wise, and cut into inch-long pieces.
Mix Italian dressing with a tbsp of dijon mustard and stir into the veggies, with salt & pepper to taste. Sauté until leeks are tender and potatoes are lightly browned.