Most people know ricotta cheese, a soft, curdly Italian cheese that resembles cottage cheese. Ricotta Salata however, is something different and we think, altogether more delicious. It’s more of an aged version of regular ricotta, and like the name implies, it’s salty – “salata”. While ricotta is almost sweet, ricotta salata is salty, and where ricotta is soft and liquidy, salata is dry and firm, buttery but crumbly. It can easily be shaved or grated, which makes ricotta salata a great option for pasta, risotto or salads, as an alternative to parmigiano or pecorino. It’s mild enough to play well with other ingredients without overwhelming a dish, and is at home with pasta, rice, fresh produce, meats, chicken, you name it, you can add ricotta salata and it will take more delicious.
Ricotta Salata cheese is not your average cheese, and this rare Italian cheese made of sheep’s milk, with a paste that is pure white, very firm and dense- but with a slightly saltier flavor (salata means salty in Italian) is usually hard to find. Luckily, we always carry a great supply and deliver Ricotta Salata straight to your door, so you’re never without this special cheese.
Try Ricotta Salata on pizzas, casseroles, or roasted vegetables, but it’s also perfect for cold dishes like salads, antipastos or cubed and served swimming in olive oil with crusty bread. It’s a bit similar to Feta cheese, which means you can use it as you would the Greek favorite. Ricotta salata is a very versatile cheese, with an intensity in flavor that’s complemented with a buttery mouthfeel – the perfect combination. We love pairing it with lemon, olives, asparagus, roasted meats and fish. The sweetness of fresh fruit is also a great companion, so sprinkle over a juicy watermelon or grilled peach for an unexpected summer dessert.
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