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September 3, 2014
Ricotta

“Twice-cooked” is the literal translation, and that is what ricotta is. After cheese is made, the remaining whey is recooked and soft curds called ricotta are formed. Ricotta is extremely versatile in Italian cuisine; it shows up in everything from appetizers and pasta sauces to pasta fillings and desserts. It represents an Italian gusto, or taste. I use it often in my desserts, in making a cheese cake, and in filling my cannoli. I especially like it as a stuffing in my strudel, along with fresh fruit. If you do use ricotta in your strudel, it is essential to use fresh ricotta with large curds and drain it overnight, otherwise your strudel will turn out soggy.