Some like it spicy, some like it sweet, some like it hot some like it cold. What am I talking about? The extremely versatile and wonderful Cottage Cheese. I have seen this ingredient used in more ways that I can count on one hand: in pancakes, muffins, crepes, omelets, egg scrambles, oatmeal, smoothies, as a dip, sauce…the list goes on. To be perfectly honest, I have only recently acquired a taste for this little gem of protein. Something about the bright white appearance and the pebbly curds turned me off when I was younger, and I refused to touch it. I have experimented using different mix-ins and have to say, one of my favorite ways to enjoy it is in the form of a savory dip. It isn’t particularly special, but it is delicious. I combine cottage cheese with hot sauce, cracked blacked pepper, minced broccoli, red pepper and carrot and heat it slightly in the microwave. I swear it is the best savory afternoon snack I have created along side a few hearty Blue Corn Chips.
After lunch today I was craving something sweet. I had some fresh strawberries and blackberries in my fridge that were calling to me, but I wanted to incorporate them into my treat rather than simply eat them plain. I finished my Greek Yogurt over the weekend so I settled for Cottage Cheese. I wasn’t sure how cottage cheese would be as a sweet vessel because I typically have it in a savory manner, but I have seen it done before so I thought it was worth a shot. I mixed together 1/2 cup cottage cheese, 1 tsp Hershey’s Cacao powder, and a dash of cinnamon and served it on the side of my berries.
The Verdict: I liked it! I can see this being even more amazing mixed with jams and spread on toast or gram crackers. It sightly reminded me of the ricotta filling in cannolis. I think this combination would have been even better heated, but unfortunately my bowl was not microwave safe and I was in a rush.
Fun Snacking Experiments,
How do you use cottage cheese?