eggplant ricotta, pistachios and basil finger food

My husband aunt, just came back from her vacation at the tuscan-emilian apennines.

There are a lot of cows and sheep over there, free to stay open air and to eat just grass.

As consequence they do have a lot of good cheese up there!

She brought me a wonderful ricotta cheese with an amazing taste, very different from the supermarket one.

So good to even eat it just like that.

Just one problem, she gave me too much ricotta. And since it lasts only few days I had to figured out something.

I’ve made those cute and tasty finger food, and I’ll make a dessert today.

Mean while, here is the eggplant recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 1 or 2 eggplant
  • 8-10 basil leaves
  • 2 tbsp pistachios
  • 1 cup and 1/2 of ricotta cheese (better if from sheep or buffalo milk)

Cut the eggplant length-wise (about 0.20 inches / 5 millimeter)

Grill the eggplant over an hot griddle

salt to taste

In the meanwhile mash the ricotta with a fork, add the chopped basil and pistachios, salt and black pepper to taste.

Fill the eggplant

cut into finger-food sized portions.

Serve with a balsamic vinegar reduction.

For the reduction: this time I’ve used the bottled one, but it’s very easy to do your self. Just pour some balsamic vinegar with a tsp of sugar over a pan, stir frequently to prevent sticking. As soon as it takes a creamy consistency it’s ready (only few minutes)

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