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Fried Ricotta with Epazote and Green Chile

Makes about 2 cups (serving size: 1 tbsp.)

Total Time
20 mins

Lupe Romero Vidal, a home cook in Hidalgo, Mexico, puts big spoonfuls of this into bowls of freshly cooked beans, instantly transforming humble into extraordinary. You can use widely available moist, smooth ricotta rather than the artisanal curd type, but you'll need to cook it longer to dry it out, and your yield won't be as high.

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Photo: Dave Lauridsen

 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
 1/2 cup minced white onion
 2 cups ricotta, preferably the fresh, curd-style type, drained of excess liquid
 1 teaspoon medium-fine sea salt or kosher salt
 1/3 to 1/2 cup roughly chopped epazote leaves
 1 to 2 tbsp. finely chopped green serrano, jalapeño, or arbol chile
Step 1

In a large frying pan over medium-high heat, sauté onion in oil, stirring often, until translucent, about 3 minutes.

Step 2

Add ricotta and fry, breaking up with a wooden spoon, until dryish, 6 to 10 minutes (the bottom of the pan will probably get a little brown). Stir in salt and remove from heat. Stir in epazote and chile.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 0

Amount Per Serving
Calories 32Calories from Fat 69
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2.5g4%

Saturated Fat 1.4g7%
Cholesterol 8mg3%
Sodium 61mg3%
Total Carbohydrate 0.7g1%

Dietary Fiber 0.1g1%
Protein 2g4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.