Cottage cheese is a fresh cheese made from whole, part-skimmed or skimmed pasteurized cow's milk. It has a very mild tangy flavor and is moist with a delicate aroma. Its most noticeable charecteristic is its
texture and consistency. The creamy curds come in three forms:
The recipes here can be made with either whole milk cottage cheese or the low-fat version. The curd size does not matter at all since they are blended for a smooth consistency. I give the first recipe
which can be used as the generic version and variations which follow that.
| Sun dried tomato Spread
|| Add 1/2 cup oil packed sun dried tomatoes
and a teaspoon of fresh thyme leaves and a pinch of red pepper flakes (optional) to the base recipe and blend till the tomatoes are small bits.
| Cilantro Spread
|| Add 1/2-1 cup fresh washed cilantro leaves
and 1/2 tsp of lemon juice to the base ingredients and blend till
|Olive Medley Spread
|| Add 6-8 oil oil packed kalamata olives,6-8 pimento stuffed
green olives and a tablespoon of sun dried tomatoes to the base ingredients and blend untill the olives are still in small bits or slightly chunky.
|Fresh veges Spread
|| Add 3 tablespoon each of chopped red and orange bell peppers,
celery, carrot and a teaspoon of chives. Omit the garlic from the
base recipe and add 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice and blend the rest together untill the vegetables are still in small pieces.
|| Add 1/2- 1 cup fresh basil leaves and a 1/2 tsp of lemon
juice to the base recipe and blend untill smooth.
| The following recipes use ingredients
that are cooked before adding to the cottage cheese to make the spread.
|Caramelised Onion Spread
|| Take 1 medium sized chopped onion and the garlic from the base recipe and cook over medium heat with a tablespoon of canola
oil, salt to taste and 1/2- 1 tsp of crushed red pepper flakes till soft and cooked well. Cool to room temperature and blend with the 1 cup of cottage cheese.
|Roasted red bell pepper Spread
|| Take 1 large red bell pepper.Split the pepper lengthwise and take out stem, seeds, and pods. Put the pepper, skin side up,on a foil lined baking sheet under the pre heated broiler, and cook until the skin is blackened. Let the peppers cool wrapped in foil or in a paper bag. Peel off the skin. Add this to the base recipe and blend.
|| Take 1 cup of chopped crimini or portabella mushrooms and 2 tablespoons of chopped onion and cook them with a teaspoon of canola oil till the onion is well cooked. Add this to the base recipe and blend. You can also add chopped toasted walnuts or pecans to this.