Ricotta is best known as a lasagna-recipe staple or a ravioli stuffing, but there are so many other delicious ways to use ricotta cheese.
Its mild flavor and versatility mean that it pairs well with sweet and savory dishes. Ricotta is also high in protein, mostly derived from whey. We’ve listed some creative ways to use Ricotta cheese.
The cannoli is a traditional Italian treat with a crispy, fried shell that's typically filled with sweetened ricotta. This recipe adds chocolate chips and pistachios for an extra flourish.
Another idea is cannoli chips and dip. The dip combines whipped cream, ricotta, cream cheese, powdered sugar, mini chocolate chips, vanilla, and orange zest, along with chocolate and pistachio-covered chips.
●RICOTTA AND CHERRY TOMATO SALAD OR TOAST
Combining freshly whipped ricotta with olive oil and salt as the base for a salad of cherry tomatoes, baby arugula, and snap peas tossed in a dressing made from balsamic vinegar, pine nuts, basil, and olive oil. This combination makes the most luscious and creamy salad. The same recipe can be turned into a ricotta and cherry tomato toast.
Along with being a creamy crepe filling, ricotta creates extra-fluffy stacks when added to pancake batter. To brighten up the taste of lemon ricotta pancakes, add a cup full of cheese.
Ricotta also makes a creamy filling for homemade crepes, which can be topped with fresh fruit, compote, or jam. These crepes taste amazing with sweet berry jam.
Using ricotta for cheesecake creates a lighter texture than traditional recipes. We recommend adding whole milk ricotta for crustless cheesecake, featuring vanilla and lemon flavors.
●GRILLED PEACHES WITH LAVENDER HONEY WHIPPED RICOTTA
Italian ricotta has a thicker texture because of its higher fat content. One of his favorite ways to use the cheese is to top roasted peaches with fresh ricotta, aged balsamic vinegar, and basil.
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