August recipe: summer tomatoes & ricotta on sourdough

Straight from the kitchen of Crispin's head chef, Lewis De Haas: here we have something simple, fresh, vibrant, indulgent. Now's the time for sunny tomatoes over ricotta on sourdough—topped with fresh herbs and extra virgin olive oil to really make it shine.

This recipe is completely dictated by getting your hands on seasonal ingredients when they are at their most delicious. Don't be making this in winter, y'all!

Lewis makes the sort of ingredients-led, colourful meals we all need more of. Like us, he's passionate about championing small producers to get flavour at its absolute best.

We've been drooling over the way he's been using our oil, so when he offered to share a recipe we could all do at home—we knew it would be a banger...🔥

Here are the ingredients you'll need:

Serves 4

  • 4 x slices sourdough bread
  • 500g heirloom tomatoes
  • 200g ricotta
  • 150ml Citizens of Soil Greek extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 x clove garlic
  • Sea salt
  • Pepper
  • Handful of fresh mint

Here's the method:

  • Season tomatoes with salt and pepper then roast on a high heat (~200°C) until the skins pop and blister.
  • Place tomatoes in a bowl and pour over the olive oil.
  • Crush the tomatoes so all the flavour and juices mix with the olive oil.
  • Toast the slices of sourdough until golden brown.
  • Rub each toasted sourdough slice with a whole peeled clove of garlic.
  • Season the ricotta with salt and pepper to taste then place a spoonful onto each sourdough slice.
  • Top with the tomatoes, plenty of the oil from the base of the mixing bowl.
  • Fresh mint leaves to garnish.

Ways to make it more your own:

  • Swap out your herbs (basil for mint seems like an obvious one).
  • Spread on some nduja and make it a meal.
  • For an English alternative to cheese, you can use Westcombe ricotta as a great alternative to the common Sardinian one.

 Do yourself a FLAVOUR favour and go check out Chef Lewis in action over at Crispin in Shoreditch. They also have an olive oil martini that's wickedly delicious, featuring our Greek oil. 

Are you making this? Share with your fellow citizens. Tag us in your photos on Instagram at @CitizensofSoil.

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