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My favourite ricotta sandwich

on 06/04/2009

balsamic, strawberry & fresh sheep’s ricotta sandwich!

You know by now that I love ricotta, especially sheep’s ricotta!

I buy my sheep ricotta at the Southern market in Brussels, on sunday, at an Italian food shop. It is near the South station, ( Zuidstation ) in Dutch. I buy it fresh in 500 gr containers. Each one cost : 3.50 Euros.
What is ricotta?
Ricotta is originally no real cheese. It is a byproduct of cheese. It is made of the whey left behind. Ricotta is made from the whey that is cooked twice. So, sheep ‘s ricotta is made from the sheep’s whey that is cooked twice. Ricotta means: what is cooked twice.
There is cow’s ricotta & there is sheep’s ricotta. You can find the cow’s ricotta in almost every supermarket in town, like the Delhaize, the GB,… For 500 gr, you will pay about 1.20 Euros.
As you know by now, I prefer the sheep’s ricotta. It has more flavour & it is a lot more expensive.
How can you use ricotta?
Ricotta is lovely spread on home-made or sourdough bread & to top it with fresh fruit or honey.
You can use it in pasta sauces, to fill up cannelloni, to add to a pasta dish for a lovely taste, as a filling for pies, pastries, in desserts, baking,…
It is also lovely in combination with spinach, Swiss chard,…
yummy all the way!
Printable Recipe
Recipe: For 1 person, 1 slice of bread
1 thicker slice of bread, I prefer spelt bread or sourdough bread
a bit of minarine or butter ( unsalted )
A thick layer of fresh sheep’s ricotta
3 fat strawberries, cleaned, green stuff cut out & cut up in thicker slices
1 coffee spoon of your best Balsamic vinegar
1. Take your slice of bread.
2. Smear it with minarine or butter.
3. Smear a thick layer of the sheep’s ricotta, evenly onto the bread.
4. Arrange your slices of the strawberries on top.
5. Take your coffee spoon of the best Balsamic vinegar & drizzle it over your strawberries & the ricotta! Enjoy!!

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101 responses to “My favourite ricotta sandwich

  1. Manon says:

    MMMMMM…Sophie!! I love it!! easy & fresh flavours!!

  2. Tomas says:

    OOOH Sophie, this sandwich looks great!! Yum!

  3. Hermana says:

    Wow! Yummie!! easy!!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Love it!! Lovely flavours!!

  5. Dirk says:

    MMMMM…Sophie! love it!!

  6. That is so lovely and simple but so delicious Sophie! Sounds like such a lovely breakfast 🙂

  7. Muneeba says:

    Simple & sophisticated! I'd eat this anyday … especially now that we're seeing some decent strawberries start to come around. Thks for another great idea Sophie!

  8. clémence says:

    une tartine très originale, j’aime beaucoup…

  9. Pam says:

    What a lovely sandwich – it looks delicious.

  10. Incredible idea. Lots of flavor in a simple sandwich. Can’t wait to try one for myself!

  11. Olga says:

    That looks great! Love ricotta too :)Sometimes I just mix berries with ricotta and a bit of sugar.I also like it with salt and cucumbers and a bit of olive oil.

  12. Sophie,I love your simple recipes so much! I haven’t seen sheep’s ricotta anywhere (although I think I would love it) so I’m going to try this with cow’s milk ricotta. This recipe will be perfect with the fresh strawberries that will be coming out soon. Thanks!

  13. Oh Sophie this is wonderful. The strawberries just make it sing Spring! This would be great for breakfast!

  14. I am going to have to search out sheep’s milk ricotta! I have only had and made cow’s milk ricotta, but if you say it has more flavor, I must try it! Thanks for the tip!

  15. abby says:

    this looks lovely sophie – i can’t wait until british strawberries are in season so i can try something similar.

  16. Talk about the breakfast of champions! Great picture too.

  17. Sophie says:

    Fabulous, I love a ricotta sandwich. We make ricotta sandwiches with raw courgette and lemon zest in the summer. How lovely to have a sweet variation to use up the other half of the cheese!

  18. Filip says:

    Thanks a lot for the info on ricotta Sophie!! This recipe looks very good… I can’t wait to try this myself 🙂

  19. Ricotta, strawberries, balsamic–Sounds so great!

  20. Kerstin says:

    I love your picture with the bite taken out of the sandwich 🙂 It looks delicious – I’m a big ricotta fan too, although I’ve never tried sheep’s ricotta, so I’ll have to look for it!

  21. Jan says:

    That sounds lovely, Sophie. Simple but delicious.

  22. Bunny says:

    Thanks for all the information about ricotta! Your sandwich looks very good, I love the strawberries and ricotta!

  23. Cheryl says:

    Ohh my gosh that looks good, really yummy! I am thinking of coming to Belgium when we go to Europe in June, I am so dim, are there fun things to do and see there?

  24. omg that looks amazing! I love ricotta too… I could eat it by the spoonful.

  25. Diana H says:

    This sounds like such a delicious snack. Strawberries and Ricotta together, I’m going to try that.

  26. Carolyn says:

    Wow, that sounds so good! I love ricotta. Like you, I think I could eat it every day. I made this tomato-ricotta tart this weekend. Will have to post it soon!

  27. Selba says:

    Oh… interesting about ricotta, I didn’t know it’s not a real cheese.

  28. How great is this? And, I just bought a fantastic balsamic syrup at the Farmers’ Market. Lucky me, lunch tomorrow.

  29. Spinachtiger says:

    I love sheep’s cheese best in every category. I’m not sure I”ve had sheep’s ricotta, but I’ll bet it’s delicious. We eat open face sandwiches all the time, sometimes with apples and pears, but strawberries and ricotta are a perfect pairing.

  30. Sara says:

    This looks so good Sophie. I love to eat ricotta like this as opposed to baking it into pasta. I think it loses flavor when it is cooked. This is right up my alley!

  31. Sylvia says:

    Me encanta la ricota y con fresas,es una combinacion , se ve delicioso. I love you Spanish comment . Very good !!!

  32. Núria says:

    Hola Sophie! Thanks for commenting in my blog :D. You have a lovely one here too! But, Cheese is not among my favourites… maybe in my next life ;DHowever, I must admit it looks good.

  33. This is a really interesting sandwich! I’d love to try it sometime…

  34. Danielle says:

    Now I have to add sheep’s milk ricotto to my ever growing “must try” list. Great idea with the stawberries and balsamic.

  35. Maris says:

    I love ricotta cheese in pasta but I’ve never had it in toast. This is definitely on m ylist to try!

  36. Saw your blog around and wanted to say hi!

  37. I love your “primer” on ricotta. If this is your favorite sandwich, then I am sure I will love it too! Thank you for the recipe!

  38. Sophie this looks so good and fresh!!! Loving the recipe! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  39. That sounds and looks AMAZING! I love strawberrys and anthing creamy (sour cream is good too). I have never had sheeps milk ricotta (though I am pretty sure I would love it).

  40. Elra says:

    Sophie, this sounds so delicious, I love ricotta eat with strawberry too. The combo is divine.Cheers,elra

  41. Sam says:

    I love ricotta too! I like to mix it with spinach and stuff cannelloni with it or it makes great cheesecakes!The strawberry sandwich looks fantastic, so simple but I’m sure it was delicious.

  42. niagaragirl says:

    You are so lucky to get a fine fresh product. Most readily available here where I am is the manufactured stuff. It’s not bad, but there’s nothing like fresh.Thanks for stopping by my blog. I baked a super easy Italian Style loaf this evening and will post up the pics and recipe tomorrow I hope.Libby -At The Very Yeast

  43. Sapuche says:

    I found this post on ricotta really interesting, and I’d like to experiment with it more. Unfortunately, I’ve never been able to find sheep’s ricotta where I live, which is too bad since your recipe sounds like a great breakfast or midday snack! Thanks for sharing this, Sophie!

  44. OH My Goodness!! Lovely!

  45. Ricardo says:

    so simple yet looks so effective, I bet is really nice too.. well done thx 4 sharing xxx 🙂

  46. Emily says:

    I love ricotta, I love strawberries, so I know I would enjoy this!

  47. I have a giant flat of delicious strawberries and was starting to tire of eating them palin. This looks so simple and yummy. I love ricotta too! (especially the real stuff, full-fat from Italy!)

  48. Ben says:

    I love ricotta, but never had sheep ricotta. I will have to look for it 🙂

  49. cinnamon says:

    Wow, delicious! I think I can substitute the ricotta with tofu and I will absolutely try these sandwiches. Perfect for brunch! ^-^

  50. I love ricotta although I’ve never had a sheep’s milk version. This is simply lovely and delicious!

  51. Nicisme says:

    Ricotta and strawberries, I love it!!

  52. Esi says:

    Ricotta and strawberries are a great combination.

  53. Hi Sophie, nice to find your blog too! I have never used ricotta and always want to try to make something out of it but never know what to try! I love your idea of ricotta with strawberry, gotta try it immediately after Easter.

  54. Daily Spud says:

    Mmm. I love ricotta though, y’know, I’m not actually sure if I’ve had sheep’s ricotta – I’m guessing that, by default, what I’ve had was made from cow’s milk. I’ll have to look out for the sheep version.

  55. JackieT says:

    This is great-just in time for strawberry season here! I love ricotta and strawberries and always need some new recipe ideas for using up the berries when I get carried away at the pick-you-own farm.

  56. Chef Chuck says:

    This I would love to try, the sweetness of the fruit most taste good! Great Mix 🙂

  57. ~RED~ says:

    OMG i love ricotta! Going to check out your smoked salmon wraps….

  58. Anonymous says:

    MMMMM….Sophie! I made these sandwiches yesterday & I loved the flavours so much!!Thanks so much!! Yum!

  59. Chef Chuck says:

    Breakfast served!! Thank you 🙂

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