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Sue 28 August 2016 04:24 PM

Cooking with cottage cheese
 
Aside from lasagna does anyone have any recipe suggestions? I cleaned out my mother's fridge for her yesterday and she gifted me with the 3 tubs of cottage cheese (one looong expired :eek:) that I found lurking at the back. Not sure why Mom had them as she doesn't like cottage cheese.

Avril 28 August 2016 05:21 PM

I like to make salad with cottage cheese: Just add cucumbers, tomatoes, salt, and pepper. It's an easy, light lunch.

If you're feeling a little adventurous, there is also an old recipe for a Jello salad with cottage cheese that I've made several times and even served to other people who also loved it. You can make it in orange or lime versions. Here are a few online recipes that give the basic idea:

Orange: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/14465/o...gelatin-salad/

Lime: http://www.cooks.com/recipe/xx18p102...llo-salad.html

You can serve it with more Cool Whip and/or chopped nuts as a topping.

ETA: This is best with whipped cottage cheese. Just put your cheese in a blender and mix until smooth before adding to the other ingredients if you're starting with regular cottage cheese.

thorny locust 28 August 2016 06:10 PM

If you want something really quick and simple, I think cottage cheese is also good mixed with fruit.

If you're looking at old recipes, note that modern "cottage cheese" is not the same thing as what people used to make at home in, say, the first half of the 1900's, and recipes may not come out right due to different texture and flavor -- this is apparently why the blintzes recipe in my mother's old cookbook didn't work.

Sue 28 August 2016 09:47 PM

Thanks for the suggestions! I've never tried to make those Jello salads but I can remember my Mother making them for parties back in the day. I love that so many of the older recipes that were part of my childhood are making a comeback :).

Aimee Evilpixie 28 August 2016 10:15 PM

You can also put it in a lasagna instead of ricotta, if you wanted lasagna.

Lainie 28 August 2016 10:19 PM

I love cottage cheese and pineapple. It's good with berries, too.

A Turtle Named Mack 28 August 2016 10:27 PM

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Originally Posted by Sue (Post 1926842)
Aside from lasagna ...

Quote:

Originally Posted by Aimee Evilpixie (Post 1926872)
You can also put it in a lasagna instead of ricotta, if you wanted lasagna.

She may have been aware of this use. :p

I have heard of pureeing it in a blender and using as you would sour cream. I cannot, however, vouch for this, as I have never tried it.

Avril 28 August 2016 11:22 PM

I'm skeptical of that, because cottage cheese isn't tart.

musicgeek 29 August 2016 01:49 AM

There are different types of cottage cheese - the large curd seems to be the most common, but there's a (usually whole milk) small curd version that's a bit more ricotta-like (although looser/more liquid).

Cottage cheese and apple butter is a weird but delicious Pennsylvania German (a.k.a. "Pennsylvania Dutch") dessert/side dish.

As Lainie said, it's good with pineapple. Also with cling peaches.

A Turtle Named Mack 29 August 2016 03:03 AM

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Originally Posted by Avril (Post 1926894)
I'm skeptical of that, because cottage cheese isn't tart.

Yeah, that occurred to me. Maybe the instructions included some lemon juice, or it was recommended for use when you mostly wanted creamy, not tartness.

Richard W 29 August 2016 10:37 AM

I don't know about cooking with it, as (if it's the same thing we call cottage cheese) I've never really thought of it as a cooking ingredient. But you can mix it about 50 / 50 with tinned tuna - plus lemon juice and / or whatever seasonings you prefer - to make a good sandwich filling.

Seaboe Muffinchucker 29 August 2016 03:29 PM

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Originally Posted by Avril (Post 1926894)
I'm skeptical of that, because cottage cheese isn't tart.

Really? I think it is. Not as tart as a lemon, but definitely tart.

Seaboe

overyonder 29 August 2016 03:32 PM

http://allrecipes.com/search/results...cheese&sort=re

OY

Lainie 29 August 2016 04:43 PM

I don't think cottage cheese is tart compared to sour cream. But I have seen recipes for dips that call for blending cottage cheese to use in place of sour cream. My personal preference for a sour cream replacement is plain yogurt, preferably Greek yogurt.

Aimee Evilpixie 29 August 2016 05:22 PM

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Originally Posted by A Turtle Named Mack (Post 1926890)
She may have been aware of this use. :p

Hah! My eyeballs skipped straight over that, even re-reading the original post. I wondered why I was the first person to suggest lasagna.

Seaboe Muffinchucker 29 August 2016 07:18 PM

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Originally Posted by Lainie (Post 1926962)
My personal preference for a sour cream replacement is plain yogurt.

Agree.

I like cottage cheese plain, just as it comes out of the package, but my BIL and nephew used to sprinkle a hot spice combo on it. They only stopped when they could no longer get the spice combo.

Seaboe

crescent 29 August 2016 07:38 PM

Some people strain the liquid out of cottage cheese and use the kurd as paneer in South Asian cuisine.

I've eaten paneer in Indian food and is it tasty, but I've never tried to make my own.

Dasla 30 August 2016 06:15 AM

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Originally Posted by crescent (Post 1926981)
Some people strain the liquid out of cottage cheese and use the kurd as paneer in South Asian cuisine.

I've eaten paneer in Indian food and is it tasty, but I've never tried to make my own.

I was going to suggest this as my local Indian restaurant described the cheese in one of their recipes as "Indian cottage cheese". I think, unfortunately that restaurant is gone as part of the new busway project.

As a tween, before I developed my taste for stronger cheeses, cottage cheese was my preferred cheese. Usually spread on crackers.

Dasla 30 August 2016 06:19 AM

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Originally Posted by Aimee Evilpixie (Post 1926965)
Hah! My eyeballs skipped straight over that, even re-reading the original post. I wondered why I was the first person to suggest lasagna.


Sorry for the double post but I was thinking lasagne? But then I remembered when I first started cooking, in my tweens, I used to make a "quick" lasagne recipe where you used it instead of béchamel sauce...is that what you are talking about. Now I only make lasagne with béchamel sauce and had completely forgotten my early cooking experience.

Blatherskite 30 August 2016 01:27 PM

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Originally Posted by crescent (Post 1926981)
Some people strain the liquid out of cottage cheese and use the kurd as paneer in South Asian cuisine.

I've eaten paneer in Indian food and is it tasty, but I've never tried to make my own.

I was going to suggest looking up paneer recipes too!

I stopped eating dairy before I ever tried a paneer meal, but they all look so good.

Usually the paneer is cubed which would require some kind of additional stage if you're using a tub of typical lumpy cottage cheese, but here's a 'scrambled paneer' recipe that I think could be made with a tub of cheeselumps (sorry, my nearly-vegan side is subconsciously trying to make this sound less delicious):

http://www.vegrecipesofindia.com/pan...e-with-spices/


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