Ham, Blackberry Ricotta, and Fresh Mozzarella Grilled Cheese

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In my house, cheese is definitely a family favorite, and this week for #SundaySupper the amazing taste and versatility of the many varieties of Wisconsin Cheese are being highlighted in a menu full of family-friendly recipes that everyone, especially the kids, will love! Hopefully these recipes will inspire you to create your own to enter the 2015 Wisconsin Cheese Recipe Contest for your chance to win a ticket to the Food and Wine Conference, plus a whole lot more! And while my kids are happy with a simple sammie, this foodie mama has to jazz things up a bit by adding some sweet and salty elements to the classic comfort food in this Ham, Blackberry Ricotta, and Fresh Mozzarella Grilled Cheese.

Ham, Blackberry Ricotta, and Fresh Mozzarella Grilled Cheese

Ham, Blackberry Ricotta, and Fresh Mozzarella Grilled Cheese - this recipe takes the classic comfort food sandwich to fancy pants with plenty of ooey gooey cheesy goodness and a touch of sweet summer berries. | cupcakesandkalechips.com

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board in conjunction with a social media campaign through Sunday Supper LLC. All opinions are my own.

The Bug has this game we play every morning as we put on our shoes to leave for school. Basically he gathers all of our shoes together, then hands me one at a time in the order he wants me to put them on him, his brother, and myself. Well Little Dude has recently learned how to put on his own shoes, and, being the independent soul that he is, gets so excited about his new skill that he doesn’t want to wait for his big brother to gather the shoes and pass them out one at a time with no guarantee that Little Dude will be the first shoe recipient.

This does not sit well with The Bug, who wants to play by his rules. So I tried to explain that sometimes we have to be flexible, change things up a bit, you know? Then I reminded him that he just told me the other day that he doesn’t like to eat the same food more than once in a row, so it’s kind of the same thing. His response?

“Yeah, unless it’s cheese. Then I’ll eat it more than one time. Like, you know, if you pack cheese in my lunch and then make something with cheese for dinner, I’ll still eat it.”

Suffice to say, the kid is not too disappointed when I am tasked with developing a recipe featuring Wisconsin Cheese

Ham, Blackberry Ricotta, and Fresh Mozzarella Grilled Cheese - this recipe takes the classic comfort food sandwich to fancy pants with plenty of ooey gooey cheesy goodness and a touch of sweet summer berries. | cupcakesandkalechips.com

You see, he is an equal opportunity cheese lover – cheddar, mozzarella, Monterey Jack, feta, even things that you wouldn’t expect a five year old to like, such as Brie or blue cheese. And Wisconsin prides itself on being the home to award-winning examples of these and many more varieties – over 600 in all. I don’t think The Bug would turn down any of the cheeses in their Wisconsin Cheesecyclopedia®.

High-quality cheese have been crafted in Wisconsin for over 160 years, but this science geek was fascinated to read that the stage was set for the cheese industry when glaciers cut through Wisconsin in prehistoric times, leaving what is now rolling hills and pastureland. Now there are over 10,000 dairy farms making 2.8 billion pounds of cheese annually. They might just be able to keep up with The Bug’s passion for his favorite food.

You can find out more about all of the fabulous varieties of Wisconsin Cheese, the history, recipes, as well as Cheese 101 on selection, storage and use of these fabulous cheeses on their website, as well as FacebookTwitter, Pinterest, and Instagram

 And while you are devouring all of this cheese knowledge, you should also be devouring one of these…

Ham, Blackberry Ricotta, and Fresh Mozzarella Grilled Cheese - this recipe takes the classic comfort food sandwich to fancy pants with plenty of ooey gooey cheesy goodness and a touch of sweet summer berries. | cupcakesandkalechips.com

In this Ham, Blackberry Ricotta, and Fresh Mozzarella Grilled Cheese, I mashed together some blackberries and ricotta for a sweet and creamy element, added the soft, stretchy texture of fresh mozzarella, and then gave it a little salty kick with a couple slices of ham. Layered between two crispy, buttery slices of bread, it’s just a touch of a summery element to brighten up your usual grilled cheese and make it all fancy pants, as I like to do. I actually was testing out a few grilled cheese recipes one night, and this was the clear winner in my house. So I’m hoping it’ll be a winner in the 2015 Wisconsin Cheese Recipe Contest.

 

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You can enter too, and win one of three amazing prizes, each of which includes a ticket to the Food and Wine Conference in Orlando, FL on July 17-19. All you have to do is develop an original easy summer recipe that includes Wisconsin Cheese, post it on your blog between now and June 19, 2015, and share your blog post on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram using the conference hashtag #FWCon. Get all the details HERE.

First place winner will receive:

  • Reimbursement for their full conference pass, hotel accommodations and airfare to the Food and Wine Conference in Orlando, FL. (Travel expenses not to exceed $2,000.)
  • Wisconsin Cheese Assortment
  • The recipe will be featured on EatWisconsinCheese.com.

Second place winner will receive:

  • $250 gift card
  • Reimbursement for their full conference pass to the Food and Wine Conference in Orlando, FL.
  • Wisconsin Cheese Assortment
  • The recipe will be featured on EatWisconsinCheese.com.

Third place winner will receive:

  • $100 gift card
  • Reimbursement for their full conference pass to the Food and Wine Conference in Orlando, FL.
  • Wisconsin Cheese Assortment
  • The recipe will be featured on EatWisconsinCheese.com.

 FWCon 2015 Collage

But seriously, if you haven’t already, don’t wait to buy your Food and Wine Conference ticket! Last year was so amazing, and this year looks to be even better with the lineup of speakers, events, and attendees. It’s truly the embodiment of the Sunday Supper Movement in real life. And guess what, I’ll even save you $50 – just use promo code FWC15izzob when you buy your tickets. If you do win the contest you’ll be reimbursed, and if you don’t, well, you know you want to go anyway! It’s worth every penny!

Sunday Supper MovementJoin the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat.

To get more great Sunday Supper Recipes, visit our website or check out our Pinterest board.

Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy. You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement.

Then check out all of today’s recipes featuring Wisconsin Cheese at the bottom of this post, plus lots more cheesy inspiration on Sunday Supper’s Pinterest board with Recipes Featuring Wisconsin Cheese!

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5 from 2 votes

Ham, Blackberry Ricotta, and Fresh Mozzarella Grilled Cheese

Take the classic comfort food sandwich to fancy pants with plenty of ooey gooey cheesy goodness and a touch of sweet summer berries.
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 8 mins
Total: 18 mins
Servings: 4 sandwiches

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup blackberries slightly mashed
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • 4 basil leaves cut into thin ribbons
  • 8 slices multigrain or whole wheat bread
  • 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter softened
  • 8 oz. fresh mozzarella thinly sliced
  • 1/2 pound ham thinly sliced
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil for the pan

Instructions

  • In a bowl, mash together the blackberries, ricotta and basil with a fork.
  • Spread the outside of each slice of bread with about half a tablespoon of the softened butter.
  • Place about 1 oz. of mozzarella on a slice of bread, top with about a quarter of the ricotta mixture, two slices of ham, and another 1 oz. of mozzarella cheese. Top with another slice of buttered bread.
  • Heat the olive oil in a pan over medium-low heat.
  • Cook the sandwiches for about 3-4 minutes per side, or until golden brown and the cheese has melted. Covering the pan with a lid during cooking will help melt the cheese.
Nutrition Facts
Ham, Blackberry Ricotta, and Fresh Mozzarella Grilled Cheese
Amount Per Serving (1 sandwich)
Calories 638 Calories from Fat 378
% Daily Value*
Fat 42g65%
Saturated Fat 21g105%
Cholesterol 125mg42%
Sodium 1280mg53%
Potassium 405mg12%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 35g70%
Vitamin A 930IU19%
Vitamin C 3.8mg5%
Calcium 422mg42%
Iron 2.3mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s some more Wisconsin cheesy goodness for you…

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Plus today’s #SundaySupper menu highlighting Wisconsin Cheese…

Cheese Appetizers:

Cheese Bread:

Main Dishes with Cheese:

Cheese Side Dishes:

Desserts:

10 Ideas for Cheese Dip Dippers by Sunday Supper Movement

Ham, Blackberry Ricotta, and Fresh Mozzarella Grilled Cheese - this recipe takes the classic comfort food sandwich to fancy pants with plenty of ooey gooey cheesy goodness and a touch of sweet summer berries. | cupcakesandkalechips.com

16 Comments
  1. 5 stars
    Made this for lunch yesterday! It was way more filling than I thought it was going to be; I was full until 10pm! Great flavor combination, thanks for posting this!

  2. I’m in total agreement with cheese being okay to have more than once in a day. Smart kid. Lovely sandwich too. The blackberries give it such a nice color.

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