Warm toast and creamy cottage cheese topped with summer tomatoes, peaches, and mint! This cottage cheese toast is symphony on sourdough.Jump to Recipe
“Not all toast is created equally”-Sarah lee
What exactly is Cottage Cheese?
I remember growing up and watching my dad eat canned pears and cottage cheese. I didn’t get it, it didn’t look like anything I wanted to be part of. Something old people with no teeth ate! This was the first documented time in history that I was wrong.
Cottage cheese and fruit is a wonderful combination. It gets that weird chunky texture during production when the curds are drained, as opposed to being pressed. It used to freak me out as a kid, but now I can’t get enough.
Once drained, the curds are washed to remove some acidy. This is followed by a dressing of cream, which gives the cheese its flavor.
Some folks think it’s called “cottage cheese” because it was made from leftover milk in cottages. A little on the nose but I can’t complain too much, because if I got to name it I’d go with; chunky cheese.
Cottage Cheese Nutrition
One reason for cottage cheeses popularity is its health benefits. As far as cheeses go its pretty darn healthy. It’s high in nutrients like protein B, calcium, B vitamins, and phosphorus.
Per Healthline.com its great source of protein too. There is 28 grams of protein in one cup of cottage cheese! High protein foods are great because they digest slowly, helping us feel full longer. Protein is also great for building muscle and keeping blood sugar levels under control.
Just to throw a little shade here, cottage cheese is fiberless, it has no fiber. Nobody’s perfect Cottage Cheese, sorry.
Cottage Cheese Toast
Cottage Cheese Toast Ingredients
Here’s what you’ll need to assemble this cottage cheese toast recipe.
- Bread: I use a big slice of sourdough for the cottage cheese toast recipe. I like some serious surface area so I can spread more ingredients out onto it. Once big slice with all the toppings make a really solid breakfast.
- Cheese: Its in the name, cottage cheese baby! Get a high quality one as its the star of the show here. I’ve listed some alternatives below if you are allergic or just an oppositionist.
- Fresh Fruit: Yes tomatoes are a fruit, just accept it Chad! A nice big summer heirloom tomato is preferred. Fresh peaches are always best, but if you are craving this in the winter, like me, you might have to settle for canned peaches. Thats fine, just don’t blog about it.
- Vinegar: Fresh fruit and bread are super important to a fantastic cottage cheese toast, but I really think the unsung hero in this toast tale, is the blackberry vinaigrette. We use Hoskins Berry Farm Blackberry Vinegar. It is made here in Oregon, you can order your own on their website. Raspberry Vinegar is a fair substitute and can be sourced at most super markets.
Cottage Cheese Alternatives
I don’t suggest swapping out the cottage cheese in this recipe, it is cottage cheese toast after all. But if your in a pickle and can’t get to the store or whatever the reason is, here are some substation options for cottage cheese.
Ricotta cheese is a personal favorite and in my option the best option a substitute. Its not chunky like cottage cheese and it is higher in fat, but it works great as a cheese spread on toast. Sometimes I’ll just eat it with a spoon out of the tub.
Mascarpone is more flavorful than cottage cheese, but its also higher in calories and fat. If you aren’t on a diet, the Italian soft cheese mascarpone makes a great cottage cheese substitue.
If you really wanna get pinkies out with your toast, Fromage Blanc is a good way to go. The French cheese is similar to a greek yogurt.
Kefir is another substitute option. Its tangy sour taste often gets confused as a yogurt, but it is a cheese. It’s made with whole milk and fermented grains and its texture is comparable to ricotta cheese.
How to make Vinaigrette for Cottage Cheese Toast
Follow these steps to make this bright cottage cheese toast recipe.
Step 1: Make the Vinaigrette
Put your salt, pepper, and blackberry vinegar in a small bowl. Slowly whisk the grapeseed oil into the bowl until it has emulsified. Toss in the minced shallot and garlic and keep whisking.
You’ll end up with a more than you need for two pieces of toast, but thats great! Keep it in an airtight container and keep it in the fridge for up to 7 days.
Step 2: Assemble your Toast
Toast your bread and spread a couple Tbsps of cottage cheese over the surface. Layer your peaches and tomatoes across the bread so they are overlapping each other. Season with salt and pepper and liberally drizzle the blackberry vinaigrette. Garnish with mint leaves and enjoy!
Cottage Cheese Toast Variations
Here are some other fun cottage cheese toast ideas.
- Blueberries & Pomegranate with walnuts and honey
- Mango slices & jalapeño
- Salmon Lox, red onion, and Tomato
Get creative! The skies the limit here. But man, there is just something about this southern caprese style cottage cheese toast that stands out to me. Let me know what y’all think!
Cottage Cheese isn’t the only thing that tastes good on toast! Y’all should check out our Wild Mushroom Toast Recipe.
Sean Brock is a legendary southern cook. In his cook book “South“, he does a Peach and Tomato salad that is the inspiration behind this cottage cheese toast recipe.
Seeing my my old man slam cottage cheese and canned pears as a kid, certainly had an impact as well. Fruit and cottage cheese are a match made in heaven. We hope y’all enjoy this cottage cheese toast recipe as much as we do. Cheers
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