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Oct 2, 2007 10:21 AM

Baking cottage cheese?

Has anyone used cottage cheese for cooking, like using on top of a pizza crust and baking with other toppings? How does the cottage cheese hold up when it is baked, how does it taste. Does it dry out and brown on top or just get nasty? Thanks

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  1. We use cottage cheese whenever we make noodle kugel. Holds up nicely and is creamy. We do mix it with sour cream, so perhaps the added fat helps.

    1. the water seperates from the curds so it's better to go higher fat. also less rubbery than low/no fat. it will dry out and brown if you leave it in long enough. i'd just drain as much of the moisture first.

      1. I imagine it would behave similarly to ricotta, which is often used to top a "white" pizza, or baked in lasagna or manicotti. In fact, give what you are doing, why not use ricotta?

        1. My husband's family is in Ireland and they make "lasagna" with cottage cheese. It's awful. Please don't do it! It's not at all like ricotta.

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          1. re: southernitalian

            Thanks for heads up. I've used ricotta but thought cottage cheese might be a new option; maybe not though.

            1. re: forzagto

              You can make tasty lasagna with cottage cheese. You need to get _creamed_ cc, though. In fact, I'd recommend using the creamed kind for all your baking - it doesn't separate like the regular kind.

              1. re: piccola

                I have used it as is...for ever and it tastes the same as ricotta.... low fat small curd.. same as I munch on for breakfast :)
                I would give it a shot on something that does not matter (so not for that huge dinner with the boss coming over) because I think you might just like what you end up with!

          2. There was a meat pie I used to make years ago, bisquick crust, burger filling and the topping was fine curd cottage cheese mixed with eggs and fresh chopped chives. Even my brother who professed to hate cottage cheese would wolf that down. It is a good kid friendly or pot-luck friendly dish. I can post the recipe if anyone is interested.