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How to Make Ricotta Toast

How to Make Ricotta Toast

Last Updated on 28th March 2022 by

Ricotta toast is a crunchy, healthy food that makes a great base to work from when you are making a side dish, snack, or appetizer. Your toppings can be customized in so many ways that you’re bound to find a new favorite snack when you start experimenting and trying out ricotta toast recipes you find online.

My personal favorite is ricotta cheese spread with bits of cooked shrimp on top. The chewy, creamy, and crunchy textures all clash with one another in a wonderful way, making for a delightful anytime snack. Maybe you’ll find your favorite after you read through some of the suggestions I have listed in this article.

Ricotta cheese is great in cheesecake as well, if you are looking for a dessert that reminds you of ricotta toast. If you are making cheesecake, however, and you are out of ricotta cheese, there are some substitutes that will work to take its place. I will detail some of those later on in the article, and you can use them for ricotta cheese toast as well.

How to Make Ricotta Toast

Usually, you will use an artisan style bread that isn’t very tall and that is naturally crusty. You lightly toast this bread until it darkens and crispens a bit, and then spread some ricotta cheese on top of that.

From there, the possibilities are endless. If you have ricotta cheese spread, you can add all sorts of things to your ricotta toast to give it more flavor variety and different textures. You can make dessert foods from it as well as healthy snacks to pack when you are on the road or taking a hike. The fiber and carbohydrates make it a really great travel snack to help boost your energy naturally.

When you make ricotta toast, keep in mind that ricotta cheese is able to be used straight from the container, as it spreads easily, but it may need to be seasoned. This cheese is fairly bland, with little flavor of its own to offer. You might want to add some salt and pepper to it or other seasonings to make it a bolder, more appealing cheese.

What to Put on Ricotta Toast?

You can put practically anything that you can think of on ricotta toast, including brushing it with a little oil or butter to go along with the ricotta cheese. You could also add chopped, diced meats, like beef, chicken, pork, or sausage. Anything that goes well with bread or cheese will work well with this dish.

Try adding proteins like meat, soya or even beans for a snack that will tide you over between meals. Or you could try veggies instead, adding on pieces of carrot, celery, broccoli, mushroom, cucumber to the top of the ricotta cheese. Fruits make a great addition as well, creating a sweet snack that is a good substitute for a more sugary food or to handle your sweet, sugary cravings in a healthier way.

Some of my favorite foods to add to ricotta cheese toast are slices of boiled eggs, tomatoes, onions, avocado, apple, and peaches.

How to Make Whipped Ricotta Toast

Now that you know what goes with ricotta on toast, let me tell you what you can do to make the ricotta cheese smoother and creamier. Whipped ricotta cheese is a great alternative to regular ricotta. It’s lighter and fluffier, as it has small air pockets in it from the whipping process. It is a great way to upgrade ricotta toast and take your dish to the next level.

The lighter and airier texture makes it a better contrast to the crispy and crunchy feel of the bread. To make whipped ricotta cheese, you just need to mix together a few ingredients. You will be using milk, olive oil, and ricotta. Combining these makes for a more flavorful spread too, so there is no need to add any extra seasoning it.

To make this, you can combine 16 ounces of whole milk ricotta, along with a tablespoon of olive oil and 3 tablespoons of milk. Put these in a bowl and then whisk them together for around two minutes. They should create a spread that is fluffy, light, and airy and that spreads really easily.

What Is a Substitute for Ricotta Cheese on Toast?

What if you don’t have any ricotta cheese available but you want to try one of the food combinations I gave you already or one of the ricotta cheese toast recipes you found online? You can use a substitute in its place, and there are a few that work okay to take the place of ricotta cheese.

First up is cream cheese. Once it is softened, it makes for a passable ricotta substitution, though it is sweeter and more flavorful. It spreads well and works great with most of the food combinations you would normally use with ricotta cheese.

Any kind of spreadable cheese will work in a pinch, and you can melt or cream some cheeses to make them easier to spread. Buttermilk cheese and goat milk cheese are great substitutes, if you have them available.

The food that tastes the most like ricotta cheese and spreads similarly to it is light cottage cheese, though. It has a similar flavor profile, though the texture is a bit off. If you get a heavier cottage cheese, the taste will be stronger and it won’t quite match ricotta cheese as well as it could.
Some people use vegan substitutes as well, and any kind of nondairy cheese spread will work okay in the place of ricotta cheese. It’s up to you what you use, but you will probably be limited based on your preferences and what you have available.

If you have the real deal, though then by all means use that. Ricotta cheese is bland enough that it accepts other flavors very well and does not overpower them. That’s what makes it such a great toast spread.

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