An Unusual and Surprising Combination that is Oh, So Delicious.
When we made our batch of chili crisp, my son remarked that he would love to eat it spooned on top of some fresh ricotta. Well, that stuck in my head and I gave it a lot of thought.
I finally hit on the idea of serving it on a waffle. Knowing my previously posted ube waffles were very light and super crispy, I thought they’d be the perfect receptacle for the ricotta. I opted to add a generous amount of nigella seeds in order to give them a savory note and a little bit of crunch, while eliminating the ube and other flavorings.
Topping the waffles with a big scoop of my homemade ricotta and spooning on some chili crisp now worked. But I decided some snipped chives and a spoonful of crispy shallots would be welcome additions. After tasting it, I realized it needed a tiny bit of sweetness. Not enough to turn it into a something sweet, but just enough to balance out the flavors. A teaspoon of maple syrup drizzled on top was the answer.
I served these for dinner and making waffle after waffle while having my family continue to ask for more made me realize I’d hit on a winner. It sounds unusual, but it is exceptionally good. The mild and creamy ricotta is the perfect foil for the deeply flavored chili crisp. Then when it’s combined with a crisp light waffle, it becomes so much more than the sum of its parts. It’s a combination I’ll make again and again. I’ve never tasted anything like it and couldn’t love it more.