Ginny and Juan’s Balsamic Showdown: Ginny’s Creation

July 13th, 2009


Juan (oh, yes, he has a name!) and I have a new blog feature… We are going to compete against each other in cooking showdowns… How will it work?  Juan and I will each post (oh, yes, he is guest posting!)… As soon as both posts are up, you have one week to cast your vote which dish you like better.  I’ll tally them up, post the results, and one of us will win bragging rights until our next showdown…

When Juan and I wondered around Chicago, we found Old Town Oil and bought the most delicious sweetest 18 year aged Balsamic Vinegar.  We drizzled it on bread and devoured it.  The balsamic is like nothing I have ever tasted before.  For our first showdown, we had to make a dish highlighting the vinegar.

As I tried to come up with something to make… I kept thinking of cheese… savory and sweet… I found this recipe from 101 Cookbooks for a savory cheesecake.  A few alterations and some sliced figs… I had made an amazing dinner.  My friends loved it… Served with fresh bread, a salad and a glass of white wine.  It was perfect for a summer day!

Stay tuned for Juan’s creation…

Fig- Balsamic Ricotta Cheesecake
(adapted from 101 Cookbooks)

3 3/4 cups ricotta cheese (2 tubs of 15 oz ricotta cheese)
1/2 cup freshly shredded Parmesan cheese
1 shallots, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
5 basil leaves, minced
2 large eggs, well beaten
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
2/3 cup goat cheese, crumbled
4 figs, sliced
balsamic vinegar

Preheat oven to 325F degrees, racks the middle. Butter/oil a 7-inch springform pan.

Mix the ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese, shallots, garlic, and basil in a medium bowl. Stir in the eggs and continue mixing until well combined. Add the salt and pepper. Fill the springform pan with the ricotta mixture and place on a baking sheet. Place in the oven and bake for 40 minutes. Now sprinkle with the goat cheese and return to the oven for another 20 -30 minutes or until the goat cheese is melted and the cake barely jiggles in the center (it will set up more as it cools).

Remove from the oven and let cool five minutes, then release the cake from its pan. Cool completely and serve at room temperature. Before serving, place the sliced figs around the edge of the cheesecake and drizzle with balsamic vinegar.


3 Responses to “Ginny and Juan’s Balsamic Showdown: Ginny’s Creation”

  1. Manggy on July 17, 2009 8:16 am

    Hah, well J can sometimes be a name too. Oh, I wonder how good a cook he is!
    I love the arrangement on top. Wish I knew what in the world a fig tasted like, though!

  2. Ginny and Juan’s Balsamic Showdown: Juan’s Creation at Just Get Floury on July 21, 2009 9:42 pm

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  3. Veronica on July 24, 2009 8:04 am

    sorry, no contest Juan — this cheesecake sounds GORGEOUS! I want to run to the kitchen and make it right away :)

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