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Nonna Ninetta's Ricotta Ball Hero

Antoinette Lordo
Servings: 6 to 8
30 to 60 min

A secret family recipe!

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Nonna Ninetta's Ricotta Ball Hero
  • 2 pounds Ricotta cheese
  • 1-2 cups Breadcrumbs
  • 2 Medium eggs
  • 1/4 cup Fresh parsley (finely chopped)
  • 1 Clove garlic (crushed and finely diced)
  • 1/2 cup Grated Italian Cheese (Parmigiano or Locatelli)
  • Black Pepper and salt to taste
  • Flour for coating
  • Olive oil for frying
  • 4 cups Marinara Sauce
  • 6-8 Hero Rolls
  • Milk
  • In a large bowl, beat eggs, gently stir in ricotta, parsley, garlic, black pepper, then add bread crumbs and grated cheese. Stir gently. If too thick, add a little milk. Taste to see if salt is needed.
  • Form balls the size of a meatball. Flour,then lightly flatten, then fry to light golden brown. Prepare either a baking pan or a large frying pan with a layer of Marinara sauce. Make sure ricotta balls are at least an inch from each other because they are going to expand. Cover balls with sauce and grated cheese. 
  • If baking, preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cover pan and bake for 20-25 minutes. If cooking on stove top, cover pan on low flame, cook for approximately 15 minutes. 
  • Top hero rolls with ricotta balls, cheese and sauce. Serve warm as a hero sandwich.
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