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BONNIE SIMON teaches hot-bath canning on Sat., Sept. 17.
DONNA ROSS teaches easy ricotta cheese-making on Sat., Sept. 24.
RFD classes are $15, which includes a $10 gift certificate.
RUSTIC CHERRY TOMATO TART
Donna's fresh-made dill ricotta tastes incredible and is wonderful in many dishes, including this one. (She'll walk you through the steps to make it at a class on Sept. 24 at 1 p.m.) Great with grilled Copper River salmon (now back in season and back in the store) or with luscious sun-ripened locally-grown tomatoes (ditto.)
Make a simple tart crust (or buy a refrigerated pre-made pie crust.)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Whisk in a small bowl 1 1/2 T. olive oil and one garlic clove, pressed. In separate bowl, mix well the following:
2 oz. sxxxx
2 oz. softened cream cheese
1/2 c. soft ricotta cheese
1 tsp. of the garlic olive oil
1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp black pepper
Toss 2 cups fresh cherry tomatoes (mix colors if you want) with the remaining garlic olive oil.
Butter a cookie sheet to prevent sticking. Roll out or place disc of dough on sheet. (You can also use parchment paper to keep it from sticking if you prefer.)
Spread ricotta mix on the dough, leaving a one-inch border around the edges.
Top with tomatoes and 1-2 T. basil leaves. (I also sprinkled diced bacon on top.)
Fold borders of the crust in toward the center to create a rustic hand-made tart shape. Brush top of folded dough with one beaten egg, or a little melted butter. Bake for 30 to 45 minutes, until hot and bubbly and all ingredients are done. Cool for 5 minutes before serving. Can be served hot, at room temp or cold from the fridge.
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