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Ricotta Cheese

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Ricotta Cheese

When combined with other ingredients, there are a countless variety of uses for delicious Ricotta cheese. Ricotta is basically the Italian's form of cottage cheese. You should be safe using it in place of cottage cheese in recipes.

  1. To use as a cheese filling for cooked pasta dishes, season with your choice of herbs and add egg whites.
  2. To use Ricotta for savory dips and spreads add fresh herbs, dried onion soup mix and chicken or smoked salmon. Puree if desired.
  3. You can also add a bit of sugar or fruit to use Ricotta cheese in dessert fillings for cannoli, blintzes, and cakes or cheese Danish.
  4. Ricotta cheese is great with honey and strawberries as a dessert or snack.
  5. Spread a slice of toast with your favorite jelly or jam and top with ricotta.
  6. Roll up flattened chicken breasts with a mixture of ricotta and frozen spinach; hold together with toothpicks. Cook in a skillet until the outside is golden. Add some tomato sauce.
  7. Use ricotta to top a baked potato instead of butter or sour cream.
  8. Blend some ricotta into a fruit smoothie.
  9. Use on a sandwich in place of mayonnaise or other fatty dressings.
  10. Have a favorite beans and rice dish? Mix in a little ricotta for a new taste sensation.
  11. Fill phyllo dough cups with ricotta fruit dip (recipe below) and top with cherries or strawberries.

Ricotta Fruit Dip Recipe

Fresh mixed berries

1 15-ounce container ricotta cheese
1/3 cup whipping cream
3 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Assorted fresh fruits

Place cheese, cream, sugar and cinnamon in small mixer bowl. Beat on high speed about 3 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Cover and chill 1 to 2 hours. Serve with fresh fruits.

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