A question about a recipe: Caramelized Butternut Squash Wedges with a Sage Hazelnut Pesto

I have a question about the ingredient "+ 2 tablespoons ricotta salata, crumbled or chopped until a medium fine crumble" on the recipe "Caramelized Butternut Squash Wedges with a Sage Hazelnut Pesto" from melissav. is ricotta salata the same as ricotta cheese?

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Monita
Monita November 7, 2012

Ricotta salata is more like feta cheese in texture. It's not the same as ricotta cheeses

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Sam1148
Sam1148 November 7, 2012

Would it be the same as Mexican Crumbling cheese? Queso fresco. Which has a feta like texture but only a slightly salty mild taste. It's very widely available here.

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Monita
Monita November 7, 2012

Ricotta salata is saltier than Queso fresco but it is a similar texture

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QueenSashy
QueenSashy November 7, 2012

Wikipedia explains the difference between ricotta and ricotta salata very nicely: In addition to its fresh, soft form, ricotta is also sold in three preparations which ensure a longer shelf life: salted, baked and smoked. The pressed, salted, dried, and aged variety of the cheese is known as ricotta salata, is milky-white and firm, and used for grating or shaving. Ricotta salata is sold in wheels, decorated by a delicate basket-weave pattern

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pierino
pierino November 8, 2012

In Italian "ricotta" means "recooked" and "salata" means "salted". It's a cheese made from yesterday's whey which is skimmed and strained into rush baskets (hence the pattern on the outside). Salted, it is "aged" for 15 to 30 days. Depending on the region it can be made from cow's, ewe's or goat's milk.

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sexyLAMBCHOPx November 8, 2012

The two are not interchangeable though in terms of cooking/recipes, correct?

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QueenSashy
QueenSashy November 8, 2012

No, they are not interchangeable.

nutcakes
nutcakes November 8, 2012

No don't sub in ricotta, you are better off using feta. I think blue cheese would me nice with this recipe too.

Ophelia
Ophelia November 8, 2012

Mizithra is a fairly good substitute if you have trouble finding ricotta salata.

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QueenSashy
QueenSashy November 8, 2012

I think that Sam1148's suggestion to use queso fresco is a good one.

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