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While cottage cheese has a reputation for pairing well with chives and crackers, the fresh curd cheese also has a sweeter side. It's a common ingredient in sweet noodle puddings, sweet muffins and cinnamon rolls. If you don't have cottage cheese, you still have options.

Popular Proxies

Ricotta cheese and cottage cheese are often suggested as substitutes for one another. If ricotta's higher fat content makes it a poor choice for your baked dish, either because of health or consistency considerations, the dairy product known as pot cheese has a drier consistency and lower fat content. Mashed tofu can also be used in some situations, if you choose milder, non-firm tofu cakes.

Silky Stand-Ins

If your original recipe specifies blending cottage cheese until it reaches a smoother consistency, some products that are already silky in texture make good stand-ins. Sour cream, yogurt and the more expensive topping known as fromage blanc can be substituted for blenderized cottage cheese. Consider omitting lemon juice when it's in the original recipe, because yogurt and sour cream are more tart than cottage cheese. Mayonnaise is another possible substitute, provided it has a mild, rather than savory, flavor.

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Ellen Douglas

Ellen Douglas has written on food, gardening, education and the arts since 1992. Douglas has worked as a staff reporter for the Lakeville Journal newspaper group. Previously, she served as a communication specialist in the nonprofit field. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Connecticut.