A Sammie to Body Slam: The Nature Boy Ricotta Flair

Last week, I shared a pretty fab new cookbook with you all — Grilled Cheese and Beer — and I mentioned that the authors were pretty witty and not shy with the puns. Well, today, I’m sharing an excellent example with one of their recipes: The Nature Boy Ricotta Flair Grilled Cheese Sandwich.

Let’s be real — if you’re gonna name a sammie after the greatest pro wrestler of all time, it’s gotta be a good one, right? And this sandwich looks SO GOOD.


Quick tangent: How many of you watched WWF (now WWE) as kids? I was super into it for a while, back in the early to mid-80s. Hulk Hogan was kind of a favorite at that time, but I also sort of loved Jake the Snake. And — true story — just last year I went to a local tribute to Macho Man Randy Savage (and got a little upset that people kept saying Randy “Macho Man” Savage because, come on! Who says it in that order?!).

Right. Okay. Food. Take a look at this recipe and just try to tell me it’s not worth loosening your belt — championship belt or not — a notch or two.

Nature Boy Ricotta Flair Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Serves: 1

  • Ingredients
  • 2 slices whole wheat bread
  • 1 spoonful ricotta cheese
  • 3 basil leaves
  • 2 halves roasted red peppers
  • Handful of spinach
  • Balsamic vinaigrette, to drizzle
  1. Grease one side of each slice of bread and place in a pan on medium heat, greased side down.
  2. Lightly spread ricotta on the bread so that all of the bread is covered.
  3. When the bread starts to turn golden brown, put the basil, roasted red peppers, and spinach on the bread.
  4. Drizzle balsamic vinaigrette over the sandwich.
  5. When the bread is golden brown, take it out of the pan, slice, and enjoy.
Pairing: Any kind of refreshing lager or pilsner. Moosehead’s Lager in particular will have you strutting and bellowing WOOOOOOOO!

From Grilled Cheese & Beer, Hatherleigh Press, © 2016. Reprinted with permission.

If you could name a sandwich after anyone, who would it be … and what would the sandwich include? —Kristen


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