Baked Ricotta with Mushroom Confit and Balsamic Brown Butter

February 16, 2016

Author Notes: Adapted from a recipe in Around the Fire: Recipes for Inspired Grilling and Seasonal Feasting from Ox Restaurant by Greg Denton, Gabrielle Quiñónez Denton, and Stacy Adimando (Ten Speed Press, 2016).Ali Slagle

Serves: 4


For the mushroom confit:

  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons chopped garlic
  • 1 pound button mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

For the balsamic brown butter sauce and for serving:

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 16 ounces ricotta
  • Flaky sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon chopped flat-leaf parsley leaves, for garnishing
  • Grilled bread or sliced baguette, for serving
In This Recipe


  1. To make the button mushroom confit, in a nonreactive medium pot over medium heat, combine the oil, red pepper, and garlic. Cook, stirring, until the garlic is lightly toasted, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the mushrooms and wine and cover. Adjust the heat to medium-high and bring to a simmer; let cook for 5 minutes, until the mushrooms have softened. Uncover and let cook until the wine has evaporated, about 5 minutes. When the mushrooms start to sizzle and brown, remove from the heat. Stir in a few pinches of salt and pepper, taste, and keep warm until ready to serve.
  2. To make the balsamic brown butter sauce, in a small pot, melt the butter over low heat and cook, stirring, until deep brown, about 6 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool for 2 minutes. Add the vinegar, salt, and pepper. Taste and adjust accordingly. Keep warm.
  3. When you're ready to serve, preheat the broiler. To serve, divide the ricotta among four small (2-cup) baking dishes or one large (2-quart) baking dish, slightly mounding the cheese in the center. Broil until browned across the top and heated all the way through, 5 to 8 minutes for the small dishes, and 14 to 20 minutes for the large baking dish. Sprinkle with the sea salt, top with the mushrooms, and drizzle each portion with a spoonful or two of the brown butter sauce. Garnish with parsley and serve with grilled bread and extra brown butter sauce on the side.

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