This is a pinkies up kinda sandwich, and don’t you let anyone try to tell you otherwise.


It is best paired with petit fours, clotted cream, and as ridiculous a piece of haute headwear as you can manage before the USCIS ousts you from the country for disturbance of the peace and you are forced to beg for amnesty in the only country that will support, nay encourage, the wearing of such a spectacle of a headpiece.


Or…you can bring it to work for lunch and, when when one of your coworkers raises his eyebrows with an air of disdain and disbelief as if to say. “You brought a sandwich?”

(Because if there’s one thing you are known for, it is not the fact that you bring normal, run-of-the-mill food ever at all not even once.)

You can pick up a triangle between your thumb and forefinger. Pop that pinkie like it’s hot.  Put on your best Queen Elizabeth stare.

And reply (without words).  “Don’t be such an arse.”


Because with the pea, mint and ginger mash-up on one half and a good creamy ricotta smear on the other, this sandwich is anything but ordinary

It’s a tea sandwich for a new age.  One where cucumber and butter just don’t cut it anymore.

And while I can’t say for sure that Her Majesty would approve 100% of such leading-edge fare at the high tea table…

…it’s also possible that she’d knight you for it.

Dame Joanne Eats Well.  That has a nice ring to it, don’t you think?


Gingered Pea Tea Sandwiches with Ricotta
Makes 4, adapted from The Food Matters Project


  • 2 cups fresh or thawed frozen peas
  • 2 tbsp softened butter or olive oil
  • 1 tbsp minced ginger
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh mint
  • salt and black pepper
  • 1 cup part-skim ricotta
  • 8 slices whole wheat sandwich bread


  1. Mash the peas with the butter or oil and ginger until the mixture is pasty but not smooth.  Add the mint and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Smear 1/4 of the filling on 4 of the bread slices.  Smear 1/4 cup of ricotta on each of the other 4 bread slices.  Put one ricotta-smeared slice on each pea-smeared slice to form a sandwich.  Cut each into quarters on the diagonal and serve.

For the original recipe and to see what other tea sandwich suggestions Bittman had, check out Aura’s blog!  And to see how each of the other Food Matters Project participants fared with this recipe, click here.


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89 Responses to Gingered Pea Tea Sandwiches with Ricotta {the food matters project}

  1. london bakes says:

    This sounds like an epic sandwich, such a good combination of flavours!

  2. Foodycat says:

    I’m fascinated by the ginger addition! That looks so delicious!

  3. Gingered peas sound delicious! And I know how well the combination of pea and ricotta goes, so can imagine this is a winner of a sandwich 🙂

  4. OohLookBel says:

    Heehee, you said ‘arse’! That sandwich is way too good for high tea. Very well done, Dame Joanne!

  5. I’m never one to bring sandwiches for lunch either, but this sounds like a sandwich I can get behind!

  6. Jeanette says:

    Joanne – love this new healthier take on the traditional tea sandwich. Would love this for lunch today.

  7. If we worked at the same place you would have high risk of me stealing your lunch every single day!

  8. Hotly Spiced says:

    These do look like garden party sandwiches – perfect for a British high tea. Just love them xx

  9. Oooh – I love this ingredient combination! They look delicious!!

  10. SallyBR says:

    Gingered pea sandwich! Great twist…

    Believe it or not, I’ve never made a tea sandwich, this gingered version is calling me 😉

  11. I love that these are “pea tea” sandwiches. Such a fun name to say! And the flavors of these sound fantastic!

  12. Peas and mint go together like pb+j, or like chocolate+…anything 😉 This sounds amazing…and simple too!

  13. Amy says:

    I would love this…as long as I don’t have to drink actual tea with it. Pinkies all in!

  14. ha ha ha…pinkies up! These sound unusual but fantastic. That first shot is amazing…the bread alone has me wanting it.

  15. Oh I agree I really think I would love these!!

  16. Faith says:

    These look so good! Is it a little weird that I could dive into those mashed peas with a spoon? 😉

  17. Marcia says:

    those look delicious and are adorable!

  18. Margarita says:

    I was eyeing this recipe and have peas on hand too… But I went for the radish walnut one. This looks good! I’ve never had peas in a sandwich!

  19. At first I thought, weird sandwich, but the more I look at it, the more I think I need to have this sandwich in my life. It’s simple, healthy and I bet it’s tasty. Calling my HUsband to take the peas out of the freezer!

  20. This rocks my world! it’s so full of fun flavours. I totally love it!

  21. Lynn says:

    I would have never thought to put peas in a sandwich, but this looks tasty.

  22. Gloria says:

    Love these sandwichs and love ricotta so much I always make my own ricotta at home:)

  23. Camila Faria says:

    A-ma-zing! I love the pea-mint-ginger combination!

  24. Jenna says:

    I think that sandwich is definitely fit for a queen! yum!

  25. Looks so good. I love fresh peas, would never think of putting them in a sandwich. I know if I had that the peas would be rolling all over after my first enthusiastic bite 🙂

  26. Erica says:

    Those pictures are amazing….Wow!It is the first time that I am drooling over peas 😉 That looks soooo good, Joanne!

  27. Jenn Kendall says:

    this is brilliant! i need to try this 🙂

  28. Saguna says:

    Sounds bloody brilliant.. (or ‘brill’ as I have actually heard Brits say). I’ve never thought of ginger and peas together but I love this recipe! Definitely on my to-lunch list now. Your colleague better watch out- you could totally turn that dainty pinky into another lifted finger.. I mean, not that you would or anything 😉

  29. Eileen says:

    As a fellow bringer of weird lunch to the office (ok, well, I was one when I worked in an office), I can relate. I think I got the weirdest looks for beet risotto…but the actual worst thing was fielding body-hatred-fueled comments, i.e. the self-judging “oh, you’re so GOOD, so HEALTHY” when I was eating, say, a totally normal salad with chickpeas and random veg. So sad.

    Anyway. This sandwich looks great! I love the idea of cold veg and ricotta in sandwich form–although I might also try this combination in a salad with wheat berries.

  30. That Girl says:

    You mean all sandwiches aren’t “pinkies up” sandwiches? I’m doing it wrong.

  31. This sounds fabulous, Joanne! I have all of the ingredients on hand, might have to try this for dinner tonight!

  32. Aura Caplett says:

    So funny–I loved reading your post! Haha! And the sandwiches look divine, dahling.

  33. cindspectus says:

    Yum, that looks great! Fresh, bright and delish. My PBJ loving self is branching out into other sandwiches to bring to work, I’ll definitely be trying this one!

  34. Elizabeth says:

    LOVE peas and ricotta. Seriously want this now.

  35. “Pop that pinkie like it’s hot.” I freaking LOVE you.

  36. bellini says:

    Pinkies are up Joanne.

  37. Mary says:

    Joanne, you’ve done it again! The sandwich is certainly different but it sounds delicious. Have a great evening. Blessings…Mary

  38. Christine says:

    You just continue to amaze me with your wonderful taste treats. Added peas to my grocery list!

  39. Cathleen says:

    Hahah! I was actually wondering the other day whether or not women can get knighted. But I definitely think you should for this sandwich, I can’t believe how uncreative I was when I was a vegetarian! My sandwiches: bread, mayo, cheese, cucumber. Everyday.

  40. Blond Duck says:

    You can be a dame if I can be a princess.

  41. Wow, this sounds so different… but awesome! Love this idea!

  42. I’m a big fan of this idea. It is very creative and I like everything about it!

  43. Julie says:

    These look delicious and I love pinky sandwiches 🙂

  44. Victoria says:

    I love tea and tea sandwiches so very much. I love peas and ricotta as well. These sandwiches are perfection! xo

  45. Lexi says:

    These look SO good!

  46. Reeni says:

    I love this combination! A very unique sandwich – I think the queen would approve!

  47. Im definitely making these for high tea! And Im putting my pinkie up 😉

  48. Emily says:

    I think this sandwich so good! I’m definitely going to do some variation of it this week. It looks delicious!

  49. I could eat fresh peas by the bucket- but I can never find somebody to shell them for me hehe

  50. Chaya says:

    This sounds a little unusual to me but I love peas so I think, I would love this, also.

  51. Kari says:

    Beautiful sandwich and a very enjoyable post!

  52. Katie says:

    Ooh! This seems like a delicious new take on the tea sandwich. I like the idea of peas and ginger together. Good for you for telling your coworkers what’s up!

  53. I love tea sandwiches, little bites of goodness!!
    These look fabulously delicious!!!

  54. Great twist Joanne – they look so fresh and perfect for that crazy hot weather you are having!

  55. Beautiful macro shot! I have to make this for myself as I’m trying to eat a bit more healthy (and still delicious). I love your closeup shot all the time – there is no day that I don’t get hungry by looking at your photos!

  56. Guru Uru says:

    Can’t go wrong with peas my friend, this looks absolutely stunning 😀
    I love how a sandwich is so refreshing!


  57. Pierce says:

    I can picture you at work, holding your sandwich with that publish finger extended…ha! Another creative Yummy meal.

  58. Barbara says:

    My mother always used to make the best pea salad! But she used mayo. Love the ricotta idea for the dressing. And you can’t beat mint with peas. This is a lovely sandwich, Joanne!
    Hope you have a wonderful 4th….and good weather!

  59. Eee! What CUTE little sandwiches! And so tasty! Despite being a meat eater, for lunchtime in the summer sometimes meat is just too heavy. I’d love this as a cool little midday meal 🙂

  60. Love your writing – didn’t know about the food matters project – am zipping over there now – it is what I do almost 100% of my time here volunteer-wise… and love that I can use my homemade bread, homemade cheese, garden peas and herbs to make this little ditty!

  61. Only you could make peas look this good!

  62. Lora says:

    Lovely. Perfect for summer and pinkies up.

  63. love2dine says:

    Oh my goodness I am drooling!

  64. This would be so refreshing on a day like today…it’s been over 100 degrees all week..lovely mint in this =D

  65. Ooooh how fancy!! I’ll be saving this recipe when I have a lunch get-together with my girlfriends!

  66. vianney says:

    The pics are insane! love the shot of the peas, yum !

  67. Very interesting sandwiches! I’ve never had a pea sandwich before, and I’m sure it’s delicious with the ricotta. Plus, peas + mint = yum!

  68. sandra says:

    paired with ricotta is a great idea. i just might try that next time around…

  69. Carolyn Jung says:

    I bet this would be wonderful spread inside a split croissant, too! But then, it would be a whole lot more caloric, too. But worth it! 😉

  70. Haha I died laughing picturing that scene you described in my head! I recently made something similar on crostini so I’m sure I’d love it in a sandwich too!

  71. What a neat take on tea sandwiches! Love the ginger and mint here.

  72. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    These are so fresh and delicious looking! That ricotta cheese…yum!

  73. wow this a special sandwich

  74. Katerina says:

    I love to accompany my tea with savory treats instead of sweet. These sandwiches are such a great idea! Makes you feel like Queen lol!

  75. These sandwiches look right up my alley! Love the combo of peas and mint!

  76. What a clever idea, Joanne! 🙂 Your creativity never ceases to amaze. 🙂

  77. It’s hard for me to get my freshly picked garden peas from the vines into the house since I pop them into my mouth immediately. I’ll try to save some for this! What a great sandwich idea. That bread looks delicious too.

  78. Johanna GGG says:

    that sounds so good – can you please be advisor to the fancy hotel where I recently had high tea and sandwiches grossly inferior to yours! And I even have some ricotta in the fridge – just need to work on some decent bread!

  79. Catherine says:

    Dear Joanne, These sandwiches sound like they are very elegant. I would love them. Blessings dear. Catherine xo

  80. Deborah says:

    I have been putting ginger in everything to help with the morning sickness – but I didn’t think to put it in my lunch sandwich! Sounds amazing!

  81. grace says:

    first pea tea (ha!) sandwiches i’ve ever seen. tasty creation!

  82. Roz says:

    Mmmmm, what a great idea for spring and summer sammies! you’ve got some great creativity going on in your recipes!! nice!

  83. Chris says:

    Pea Tea sandwiches, I’m sorry, that’s just too funny of a name.

    I hated peas as a kid but now I love them, especially creamed peas. This is kind of like a creamed pea sandwich!

  84. Wow, this is a seriously brilliant sammie!

  85. I made it today and I love it! Will post it on my blog and of course will give you a credit.

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