There was some hesitation before deciding to post this (it is after all a cheese sarnie) but as people are still working through their zucchini/courgette bounty it seemed the public-spirited thing to do.
Low-fat cream cheese used to be a regular sandwich filling but lately I’ve been conscious that it isn’t available in a cow friendly organic form and so I have been experimenting with organic ricotta. Cheeses are amazingly varied in their nutritional content and Ricotta is one of the lowest fat cheeses. It’s versatile too – think ricotta, berries and a drizzle of honey on sourdough for breakfast or substitute it in place of higher fat goats cheese in recipes (for example in my spaghetti with courgette, lemon and goats cheese, the pasta twin of this sandwich). If you fancy reading more about why all cheeses are not equal, the Good Cheese Guide from the dietitians at Hillingdon Hospital and Does cheese have any nutritional benefit? from Kathryn over at Limes and Lycopene both do a fine job.
This sandwich is a breeze to make (I know, you wouldn’t expect any less of a cheese sandwich) but this one also bestows lunch with a decent hit of calcium and one of those portions of fruit and veg. A julienne peeler (or clever knife skills) will give you a delicate tangle of zucchini strands, perfect to absorb the clean citrus and mint flavours and to disguise any bitter tendencies in the zucchini. If you don’t have a julienne peeler /fancy knife skills just aim to cut the courgette into as fine matchsticks as you can; grated, sadly, is too soggy for most bread to stand up to. Ricotta, courgette, lemon and mint are a real taste of summer; revel in them while you still can Northern Hemisphere!
Recipe for Ricotta, courgette, lemon and mint summer sandwich
Makes 2 sandwiches
4 slices granary bread
2 big dollops of organic ricotta or some other cream cheese
Zest of one lemon and juice of half a lemon 1 medium courgette / zucchini, julienned
Leaves from a few sprigs of fresh mint, finely chopped
Butter/Margarine/Low fat spread
Salt and Pepper
Spread two slices of bread with butter, marg or whatever you normally put on your bread. You can skip this or use olive oil if you are going to eat straight away but we often take this for a work lunch, in which case you need a bit of fat to waterproof the bread. Spread the other two slices with the ricotta. Sprinkle the lemon zest over the top of the ricotta In a bowl combine the courgette, lemon juice and mint. Season. Spread the courgette mixture over the ricotta and place the top the slice of bread on the sandwich. Cut in half and enjoy.