When you think about cottage cheese, what comes to mind? For some, it may read as a ‘90s fad diet food; for others, it’s a culturally significant staple snack.
This savory, slightly tart dairy product is certainly unique: made from curdled milk, it has a texture unlike just about any other food. And while it can be divisive, many people love cottage cheese for its protein-boosting nutritional properties and its yogurt-like flavor—and as of late, if you take a scroll through TikTok, you’re sure to find thousands of trending cottage cheese recipes.
Whether you love it or hate it, cottage cheese could be the ingredient you’re missing in many of your favorite recipes. Here are a few reasons why you may want to try it.
Cottage cheese is cheese made from curdled milk, which is milk that has undergone a chemical reaction causing the proteins to clump together and separate from the whey (the liquid in milk). The result is a mild-tasting, soft, lumpy cheese that can be made with different fat levels.
While it’s technically a cheese, most people eat cottage cheese more like a yogurt because of its soft, creamy (albeit lumpy) texture.
Though cottage cheese’s “fad diet” days are long gone, it is a very nutritious, protein-rich food that makes it both a healthier snack option and a smart alternative ingredient in dessert recipes. Here are a few of the health benefits of cottage cheese:
Cottage cheese has been considered a better-for-you option in American diets for generations, as well as a popular ingredient in other cultures (such as Russian Syrniki pancakes or many other Eastern European dishes). Here are a few classic ways to incorporate cottage cheese into your diet.
In the spirit of cottage cheese’s newfound TikTok virality, we explored some of the most creative, clever, and yummiest cottage cheese recipes we found on the platform. Here are some of TikTok’s favorite new ways to eat cottage cheese.
Perhaps the most viral cottage cheese use on TikTok is cottage cheese “nice cream” (the Internet’s favorite way to describe better-for-you ice cream recipes). There are thousands of variations of this recipe, but we recently tried a strawberry graham cracker version that’s like a healthier strawberry cheesecake.
If you’re not a fan of the texture of cottage cheese (or you’re just looking for new ways to use it), try whipping it in a food processor until it’s smooth, creamy, and fluffy.
Just like avocado toast, cottage cheese toast makes a savory, filling breakfast or snack that makes a sturdy vessel for other toppings, spices, and even a drizzle of honey.
Some have even suggested a controversial swap to add cottage cheese instead of cream in vodka sauce—but with around 112 grams of protein, it may be a worthwhile swap.
Make any pancake recipe a protein pancake recipe by adding cottage cheese.
In the form of a sweet, fluffy chocolate mousse, cottage cheese packs all the protein *and* satisfies that chocolatey dessert craving.
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