Recipe: Three cheese sauces from Ancient Rome

Sauces, dressings and dips with herbs
May 15, 2008

I have tasted dishes from several different countries all around the globe. Strange and favolous ingredients, spices and herbs of many kinds... Though, it is when I try some historical, old and almost forgotten recipe, that I discover new and alien flavors.

These three cheese cream recipes from Ancient Rome come from various historical sources and surely were a little bit tampered in the process. This is because some of the herbs used in the past are quite impossible to find nowadays, and also because cheese is made in a very different way in our times.
Nevertheless, you can try and enjoy these cheese creams on whole bread and you will feel the flavors of the past.

Three cheese sauces

Herbs cheese

50g pecorino cheese
50g ricotta cheese
1 sprig savory
1 sprig pennyroyal
1 sprig thyme
2 sprigs coriander
1 baby onion
10 rocket leaves

Grind the pecorino cheese with aromatic herbs, baby onion and rocket leaves. Add the ricotta and mix well.

Pinoles cheese

30g grated parmesan
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp pennyroyal
1/2 tsp oreganon
1/2 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp savory
3 tbsp pinoles
1/2 tsp vinegar

Grind pinoles and add grated parmesan, minced herbs and vinegar.

Garlic cheese

100g fresh pecorino cheese
1 clove garlic
fresh coriander leaves
1 tbsp. olive oil

Put the clove garlic into boiling water for two minutes. Put the clove garlic, fresh pecorino and coriander in a blender and process until smooth. Add olive oil.

Herbal cream cheeseAnother cheese dip:

Herbal cream cheese

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Author: naturewitch (URL)

Hi Seemie

Love these recipes of yours - they look absolutely scrumptious!

I ve tagged you, by the way - go to my blog to see the rules.

NW xx

Author: Kalyn (URL)

They all sound good. I didn t know what Pennyroyal was but it sounds like it s a type of mint. I planted summer savory for the first time this year so I m on the lookout for ways to use it.

I m subscribing to your blog, looks very interesting.

Author: Sage (URL)

Sounds lovely, and I am going to try these out... will let you know how I get on.

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