Gina Sakic

Ricotta Cheesecake with Silverbeet & Prosciutto Cotto Filling

  • 1kg fresh ricotta
  • 1 bunch greens (spinach or silverbeet), tough stalks trimmed
  • 4 medium sized eggs
  • 180g grated parmigiano or cheddar cheese
  • large lemon, zest only
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 200g of sliced prosciutto cotto

Rinse the greens and blanch for a couple of minutes in a large pot of boiling water. Drain well, chop finely and set aside to cool. In a large bowl place the ricotta and mash it with a fork, adding the eggs, lemon zest, cheese, cooled greens and salt and pepper to taste.

Place half the mixture in a lined 23cm diameter cake tin with a removable base, then layer on the prosciutto before adding the rest of the ricotta mixture. Flatten with the back of a large spoon and brush on a bit of olive oil. Bake in a preheated 160 C oven for 60 minutes until golden and firm. Allow to cool in the tin. Serve wedges of baked ricotta at room temperature.