This ricotta toast recipe is made with crunchy toasted sourdough bread, creamy whole milk ricotta cheese, grilled ripe peaches, crunchy pistachios, fresh mint and drizzled with peach glaze.
Open faced sandwiches have become very popular recipes. Rightfully so, they are quick, easy and so satisfying. Especially since the topping possibilities are endless. The toast can be simple with just ricotta cheese and a drizzle of honey. Or it can be gourmet toast with more toppings and specific flavor combinations. We love easy recipes that taste sophisticated.
Toast recipes are a great way to satisfy a crowd as well. You can slice the toast and serve it as a snack or an appetizer at a dinner party. It holds up at room temperature.
Ingredients You Need
- Sourdough bread – sourdough bread is our first choice for this recipe. The bakery section in most grocery stores have sliced or unsliced fresh bread. We prefer pre-sliced bread. The upside of pre-sliced bread is that you don't have to slice it. The downside is that you may not like the thickness of the pre-sliced bread.
- Whole milk ricotta cheese – whole milk ricotta works best for this recipe. The protein and fat in the fresh ricotta add a rich, flavor.
- Peaches – peaches should be ripe, but firm. Perfectly ripe peaches have the best flavor. Slightly grilling the peaches will enhance the flavor.
- Pistachios – we prefer unsalted pistachios for this ricotta toast flavor combination. However, you can use any nuts you prefer. Almonds or walnuts would be tasty too,
- Fresh mint – finely chopped fresh mint adds a refreshing flavor in each bite. If you don’t have fresh mint or if you prefer not to use mint, you can add fresh lemon zest. The lemon zest will liven up all the flavors.
- Peach glace –homemade peach glace adds a touch of sweetness and extra peach flavor. Get the simple recipe for Easy Homemade Peach Glace Topping. A drizzle of honey or maple syrup is a great way to add a touch of sweetness too!
- Olive Oil – to brush the toast if toasting it in a pan. We toasted the bread in a grill pan to achieve the grill marks. This optional and not needed if using a toaster over or air fryer to toast the bread.
- Salt and pepper – sprinkle the grilled peach ricotta toast with a pinch of salt. Use sea or kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper to enhance all the flavors.
Best Bread for Ricotta Toast
We prefer sourdough bread for ricotta toast. We also prefer sourdough bread for avocado toast too. Actually, we just love sourdough bread for any open sandwich recipe. I think a lot of recipe developers do too!
A good, freshly baked sourdough bread has a more complex flavor with hint of tanginess that comes from the natural acids in the sourdough starter.
If you can’t find sourdough bread, you can use other types of bread. The ricotta toast toppings in this recipe are bit heavy and we suggest a heartier bread that will hold the weight. You can try the following breads for this recipe:
- Rustic Italian Bread sometimes called Tuscan Bread.
- Ciabatta Bread.
- French Bread – cut in half length wise.
- Any Artisan Style Crusty Bread
Crunchy Bread is a Good Idea!
As mentioned before, this recipe is a little bit heavy with the rich ricotta cheese and the grilled peach slices and it best when paired with a crunchy and hearty piece of toast.
We toasted our bread in a grill pan over medium heat. We brushed the pan with light olive oil and toasted both sided of the bread until crunchy and grill marks were achieved. You can toast your bread in a toaster oven or air fryer too.
How to Make Creamy Ricotta Cheese
Ricotta cheese does not have a creamy texture like cream cheese does. The texture is smooth with slight graininess. If you prefer a creamier texture, you can make it smoother and creamier with just a few simple ingredients and following these steps.
- Place 8 ounces of whole milk ricotta cheese into a food processor with metal blade or a blender.
- Add 1 tablespoon heavy cream and 1 tablespoon olive oil and blend for 2 minutes or until silky smooth in the food processor or blender, stopping to scrape down the sides of the container once or twice with a spatula.
Whipped ricotta has a light, airy, and creamy texture. The simple process smoothens the graininess that you may not prefer. We did not whip the ricotta cheese for this recipe. We used it right out of the container, and it worked well. It is up to you to whip or not to whip.
What goes with ricotta toast
The most common question is what goes with ricotta toast? The answer is whatever you prefer since the base of ricotta toast is simply a piece of toast with ricotta cheese spread. The toppings you add is entirely up to you and your mood. It is open to sweet or savory options.
This grilled peach open faced sandwich is slightly on the sweeter side. It is sweetened by ripe grilled peaches and peach glace. Here are some of our other favorite ways top and enhance this simple toast:
Easy Breakfast Idea– add sliced hard-boiled eggs, smoked salmon, capers, fresh dill, green onions, freshly squeezed lemon juice and season with a pinch of salt and black pepper. Quick, satisfying and simple breakfast.
Light Lunch Suggestion– add fresh berries such as strawberries, raspberries and blackberries, slivered almonds, orange zest, add a sprinkle of sea salt and black pepper to season and finish with drizzle of hot honey.
Simple Appetizer – add roasted cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, toasted pine nuts, drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar reduction, sprinkle with fleur de sel and red pepper flakes. Serve sliced on a serving dish for the whole family to enjoy. It is also a great idea to serve it at a dinner party. Just a little something to put out for your guests to enjoy before dinner.
New to Ricotta Toast? Try this Simple Recipe
If you never had ricotta toast and it is your first time making it, we recommend using toppings that require no cooking time. May we suggest a super simple avocado ricotta toast, just add ripe sliced avocado and season with salt and pepper. It will take you 1-2 minutes of prep time to put this simple, toast together. If you enjoyed a simple ricotta toast, you could experiment with other toppings and move on to the next level of open sandwich recipe creations. The possibilities for ricotta toast recipes are endless! You may like this Easy Strawberry Ricotta Toast too. Enjoy!
Ricotta Toast Recipe with Grilled Peaches
- 2 slices sourdough bread toasted
- 1 peach sliced
- ½ cup full fat ricotta cheese
- 2 tablespoons light olive oil
- 1 tablespoon unsalted pistachio – roughly chopped
- 1 tablespoon fresh mint – julienned
- peach glaze
- salt and pepper to taste
- Lightly brush peach slices with light olive oil and place on hot grill or in a grill pan.
- Grill 1-2 minutes in each side, until grill marks are achieved.
Toast or Grill Bread Slices
- Toast or grill bread slices. Either place bread slices into a toaster oven and toast or lightly brush with olive oil and grill on a hot grill or grill pan.
Assemble Ricotta Toast
- Evenly spread ricotta cheese over the toast.
- Add toppings and drizzle with peach glace.
- Optional - cut in half or thirds if preferred.