Ricotta is a curd cheese that is made by adding something acidic—think lemon juice, or vinegar—to whey.
At-home chefs can achieve similar results by heating milk and adding in the juice or vinegar, but it isn't quite the same thing. Traditional ricotta cheese is perfect for a wide range of recipe uses, in part because its light, creamy texture and mild taste mean it can be savory or sweet. For something truly light, sensational, and Southern, add ricotta cheese in to a batch of traditional pimiento cheese for Ricotta Pimiento Cheese. It tastes incredible and works wonderfully well as an appetizer. If you prefer your ricotta as a morning treat, you'll love a batch of Ricotta Pancakes with Brown Butter-Maple Syrup and Blueberry Compote.
Or, for the more traditional approach, but with a modern twist, let ricotta be the foundation for a savory supper with some Tomato-Basil Lasagna Rolls: packed with ricotta, artichokes, and spices, this is a great take on the more traditional manicotti or cannelloni. So explore the tastes and textures of ricotta and let it be a go-to cheese for homemade recipes from your kitchen all day.