Ricotta Cheese and Spinach Dumplings

Method

  1. Place baby spinach into a large bowl, pour boiling water over and let sit for a few minutes. 
  2. Drain spinach and let it stand for 10 minutes to cool. Squeeze as much excess water from spinach as you can, then chop finely. 
  3. Place ½ cup parmesan cheese, spinach, eggs and ricotta into a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper and mix well.
  4. Gradually fold in ½ cup flour and mix with wooden spoon. The texture should resemble a sticky dough. Set aside to rest for a few minutes.
  5. Sprinkle remaining flour onto a baking tray, flour your hands and begin to roll balls. Take roughly 2 tablespoons of mixture and roll around in the flour, pat between your hands to loosely form the dumplings. Refrigerate dumplings to set.
  6. Place a large pot of salted water onto the stove and bring to a simmer.
  7. Gently lower dumplings into water and cook in batches for 4-5 minutes. Remove and drain well. Dumplings should be firm but have bounce when squeezed. 
  8. Heat butter in a large, non-stick frying pan, add dumplings and fry on both sides until lightly browned.
  9. Add basil to pan and use a spoon to baste dumplings with butter. Continue to cook until butter is browned. 
  10. Sprinkle over remaining parmesan cheese and serve hot, straight from the pan.