Ricotta toast with peaches and pistachios is the summer snack you didn't know you needed
Ricotta toast seems to be having a moment right now. It keeps cropping up on my Instagram feed, on restaurant menus and, frankly, in my own thoughts when I ponder what I am hankering for at breakfast time or for an afternoon snack.
There are so many crave-worthy possibilities that can be launched from the simple base of creamy ricotta cheese smeared onto toasted bread, ideally just-toasted so the residual heat of it warms the cheese a little. You could use any bread you like, but the one I dream about when I'm in a ricotta toast revelry, is dark and chewy with visible kernels of grain, nuts and seeds.
In this summery recipe, the ricotta gets a glorious layer of ripe peach slices, a drizzle of honey, an emerald sprinkle of pistachios, some fresh thyme leaves and a finishing pinch of flaky salt. It's a mouthwatering, sweet-savory combination that's a welcomed break from the usual avocado toast, but similarly nourishing. No wonder I can't get it off my mind.
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Krieger is a registered dietitian, nutritionist and author who hosts public television's "Ellie's Real Good Food."
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RICOTTA TOASTS WITH PEACHES AND PISTACHIOS
Here, creamy ricotta is smeared luxuriously onto whole grain toast, then topped with sliced peaches, pistachios, a drizzle of honey, fresh thyme leaves and a finishing sprinkle of sea salt for a nourishing, sweet-savory breakfast or snack.
3 tablespoons unsalted shelled pistachios
4 slices crusty, textured, whole grain bread, such as from a "health" loaf (1/2-inch thick slices, about 1 1/4 ounce each)
In a small dry skillet over a medium-high heat, toast the pistachios, tossing frequently, until fragrant, about 3 minutes. Transfer the nuts to a cutting board to cool, then finely chop.
Toast the bread. Spread about 3 tablespoons of the ricotta over each piece, then arrange 3 to 4 peach slices peach on top on each toast. Drizzle each with 1/2 teaspoon of honey, then sprinkle each with about 2 teaspoons of the pistachios, 1/4 teaspoon of the thyme and a sprinkle of salt. Cut each toast in half and serve right away.
Nutrition | Per serving: 200 calories, 10 g protein, 25 g carbohydrates, 7 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 15 mg cholesterol, 280 mg sodium, 3 g dietary fiber, 7 g sugar