Hey there! Welcome to the first post of my new series: 3-INGREDIENT RICOTTA TOAST! Why am I doing a series on ricotta toast? Allow me to share a couple reasons:
1. Ricotta cheese is really yummy! If you’re not familiar with what it is, it’s the kind of grainy-textured cheese that makes lasagna oh so delicious. It’s also a key ingredient found in cannoli. I recently started noticing it being used in pancakes at a lot of my fave brunch spots- lemon ricotta pancakes anyone??
2. Ricotta cheese on toast is incredibly versatile. Ricotta cheese has a distinct texture but a pretty mild flavor. Depending on what you add on your ricotta toast, you can make it sweet or savory, healthy or indulgent; it’s good for breakfast or an appetizer; it’s easy enough to make it for yourself but fancy enough to serve at your next dinner party. You get the idea.
3. Ricotta toast is easy, fun and fancy. Ricotta cheese is readily available, but most people only use it for lasagna. So, putting it on some toast with fabulous toppings is a new, fun and exciting way to eat ricotta cheese. Also, because it’s kind of a novel idea, all your friends will think you’re extra fancy when you whip up your new favorite snack for them. Added bonus: you can be adventurous with your flavor combinations, which I love doing.
The next several posts will be dedicated to ricotta toast and topping ideas. I decided to do 3-ingredient ricotta toast, meaning that each ricotta toast will only have 3 additional ingredients that are needed (the 3 ingredients exclude bread, ricotta cheese and salt). So easy, so simple! All the topping ingredients are things that I usually have on hand in my kitchen, but feel free to improvise or make substitutions as you see fit. Ricotta toast is a great way to experiment with different flavor and texture combinations. Go ahead, let your culinary imagination run wild!
Here’s toast number 1. The 3 topping ingredients: Chocolate chips, granola, powdered sugar. This is my nod to cannoli, which is a an Italian pastry made of a tube of fried dough, stuffed with a sweet ricotta mixture, and usually studded with chopped pistachios or chocolate chips. For my ricotta toast, chocolate chips were a given, the granola is reminiscent of the crunchy deep fried dough of the cannoli, and the powdered sugar is for a touch of sweetness. That’s all! I told you these were easy! (All the other ricotta toasts that are coming are just as easy, so stay tuned)
- 1 Slice of bread
- 1-2 tbsp ricotta cheese
- 2-3 tsp powdered sugar* (see note)
- 1-2 tbsp mini chocolate chips
- 1-2 tbsp granola
- Toast your slice of bread to your desired doneness.
- Mix ricotta cheese and powdered sugar together and spread on toast* (see note)
- Sprinkle chocolate chips and granola over the ricotta cheese. Dust with additional powdered sugar if desired.
- *Add powdered sugar to your desired level of sweetness.
- Note: The measurements of ingredients are just a basic guideline and how much you use depends on your tastebuds, the size of your bread, etc.