ri·cot·ta | \ri-ˈkä-tə, -ˈkȯ-\

Definition of ricotta 

: a white unripened whey cheese of Italy that resembles cottage cheese also : a similar cheese made in the U.S. from whole or skim milk

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Or hit a classic breakfast stop: Scarlett Begonia, locally beloved for lemon ricotta pancakes and other organic, start-the-day pleasures. Peter Fish, SFChronicle.com, "Wandering Santa Barbara’s wonders more carefree when you’re car-free," 15 June 2018 Formento's This Fulton Market Italian restaurant will debut it’s dog-friendly, flower-forward patio on Mother’s Day, as well as a prix-fixe brunch menu that includes lemon ricotta pancakes, mortadella and egg sandwich, and an antipasti omelette. Christen A. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "25 Mother's Day brunch spots to wine and dine mom," 30 Apr. 2018 When the flatbread is done, spread with half of the leeks, and dollop with half the ricotta. Sarah Fritsche, San Francisco Chronicle, "Recipe: Flatbread With Leeks, Ricotta & Shaved Asparagus," 22 Mar. 2018 There, chef-owners Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski shave ricotta salata in thin curls over the salad to transport it well beyond any predictable bowl of greens. Jeanmarie Brownson, charlotteobserver, "Hungry for salad season? Citrus salads will get you through | Charlotte Observer," 17 Apr. 2018 Put the ricotta, Parmesan, dill, chopped flat-leaf parsley, and lemon zest in a bowl. Ellise Pierce, star-telegram, "These veggie-packed wintertime recipes fill you up without weighing you down | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 21 Feb. 2018 Ripe, yellow tomatoes brought a farm-market touch to a flaky pastry crust layered with creamy sheep’s milk ricotta, arugula pesto, and a sweet-tart balsamic drizzle. Craig Laban, Philly.com, "The Bercy adds French brasserie sheen to thriving Ardmore scene," 13 July 2018 Gnocchi alla romana, consisting of pancetta, smoked ricotta, peas and carrots, is among the dishes at the Allora restaurant in East Sacramento. Kate Washington, sacbee, "If Allora can learn to relax a little, it will be one of the city's best restaurants," 11 May 2018 One of my favorite things is the kale salad [with salami, olives, pickled peppers, bread crumbs and ricotta salata]. Alice Short, latimes.com, "Rebecca Merhej is 29, chef de cuisine at Love & Salt and a next-gen culinary star. Meet her now," 30 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of ricotta

1617, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ricotta

Italian, from feminine of past participle of ricuocere to cook again, from Latin recoquere, from re- + coquere to cook — more at cook

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: a soft, white Italian cheese

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