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My favourite ricotta sandwich

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!
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 thoughts on “My favourite ricotta sandwich

  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

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

  6. 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!

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

  8. 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!

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

  10. 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?

  11. 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!

  12. 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.

  13. 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!

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

  15. 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.

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

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

  18. 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).

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

  20. 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.

  21. 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

  22. 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!

  23. 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!)

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

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

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