Ricotta is a soft, creamy, unsalted Italian cheese which is used frequently in cooking. In texture, ricotta is similar to cream cheese but it is more like cottage cheese in flavour, although more delicate.
Ricotta is made from skimmed ewe’s milk and is best eaten fresh while it still retains its creamincss. If eaten on its own, it may be sprinkled with a little salt and black pepper, or with cinnamon or sugar, to enhance the subtle flavour. It can also be used ‘dry’ when it is grated like PARMESAN cheese. There are also salted and smoked versions of this cheese.
Ricotta is used in the making of cheesecake, in tarts, stuffings, desserts and salads.