Cooking tips for the caring cook.
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.
- To use as a cheese filling for cooked pasta dishes, season with your choice of herbs and add egg whites.
- To use Ricotta for savory dips and spreads add fresh herbs, dried onion soup mix and chicken or smoked salmon. Puree if desired.
- 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.
- Ricotta cheese is great with honey and strawberries as a dessert or snack.
- Spread a slice of toast with your favorite jelly or jam and top with ricotta.
- 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.
- Use ricotta to top a baked potato instead of butter or sour cream.
- Blend some ricotta into a fruit smoothie.
- Use on a sandwich in place of mayonnaise or other fatty dressings.
- Have a favorite beans and rice dish? Mix in a little ricotta for a new taste sensation.
- Fill phyllo dough cups with ricotta fruit dip (recipe below) and top with cherries or strawberries.
Ricotta Fruit Dip Recipe
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.