Lay out the ingredients for the easiest DIY dessert.  Ricotta salata, made in a mold, is salted. It’s better for a DIY with savory toppings (photos courtesy Good Eggs).  and  Crunchy Wasa Thins in Sesame & Sea Salt, also available in Sea Salt & Rosemary (photos courtesy Wasa).
You may know ricotta from cannoli and cheesecake. They’re delicious desserts, but require some preparation.
For summer, there’s another option: The 5 Minute Ricotta Dessert Bowl, as created by Good Eggs, a top-quality online grocer in San Francisco.
Yes, in just five minutes you can set ingredients on the table, DIY-style, and everyone can have fun (and good nutrition!) customizing their bowls.
In addition to dessert, you can set out the spread for breakfast, light lunch or a sophisticated snack.
You can make a savory version, for breakfast, light lunch, snack or a first course at dinner.
RECIPE: DIY RICOTTA BOWLS
Ricotta is actually not a cheese but a by-product of cheese-making which uses the whey drained from other cheeses. Whey is the watery part of milk that remains after the formation of the curds. In fact, the name means “re-cooked.” Here’s more ricotta information.
You can even make your own ricotta at home. Here’a a recipe from Williams-Sonoma.
Turn it into a build-your-own dessert—no cooking, no heat, cool comfort food.
Ingredients For 4-6 Servings
Ricotta (the best you can find, 4 ounces per person)
Berries or other fruits
Nuts and seeds of choice; granola
Sweetness: agave or honey for drizzling
Optional: crème fraîche, yogurt, sour cream; for dessert, mascarpone
Bonus: chocolate chips, candied orange peel, dried fruit (cherries, cranberries, raisins)
Crackers: flatbread (we used the new Sesame Sea Salt Thins from WASA), or other cracker of choice.
Savory Ingredient Options
Use the same nuts/seeds, yogurt/sour cream and crackers, plus:
Ricotta and/or ricotta salata (photo #2)
Carrots, celery, cherry tomatoes, green onions, radishes and/or other vegetables of choice, sliced
Fresh herbs (basil, cilantro, dill, parsley)
Shichimi togarashi or other spice blend
More: capers, sliced olives, roasted red peppers, etc.
HAVE A RICOTTA TASTING
Set out different brands, from big commercial brands or the store brand, to freshly-made ricotta from the cheese department.
Taste each type plain: just a spoonful.
Sheep’s Milk Ricotta
Good Eggs uses Bellwether Farms Sheep’s Milk Ricotta in this recipe. In Italy, Sheep’s milk ricotta is preferred over any other for its delicate flavor and texture. If you can find it, grab it.
MORE WAYS TO USE RICOTTA
Use it both sweet and savory dishes, including stuffed pasta (lasagna, manicotti, ravioli, shells, etc.).
Ricotta For Breakfast
Ricotta For Lunch, Dinner & Dessert