Ricotta di Natale

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Welcome to Claire's: 35 Years of Recipes and Reflections from the Landmark Vegetarian Restaurant

Welcome to Claire's

By Claire Criscuolo

Published 2014

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Locally produced, hand-packed ricotta cheese has a wonderfully creamy texture and is loaded with calcium and vitamin D. Pair it with organic apples or local berries, then drizzle it with local honey and sprinkle it with sliced almonds or other antioxidant-rich nuts—you’ll have a delicious and healthful appetizer or after-school snack. Serve it with toasted slices of good Italian wheat bread (crostini) or trans fat-free whole grain crackers. It even makes a delicious sandwich filling on whole wheat sliced bread. And wait until you see how beautiful this dish is. The name of the dish is translated as “Ricotta for Christmas,” but you’ll be missing out if you don’t enjoy it year-round.


  • 1 pound locally produced, hand-packed ricotta cheese
  • 3 organic apples, Gala or other, cored and sliced
  • 1 cup organic and local blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and/or small strawberries
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds
  • 2 tablespoons local honey


Mound the ricotta cheese in the center of a large, round plate. Arrange the apple slices around the ricotta cheese in a circular pattern, overlapping as needed. Scatter the almonds and berries evenly over the ricotta cheese. Drizzle the honey over the cheese and fruit.