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deepfryerdan

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Substitute for Feta Cheese? Wed, 07/6/11 12:29 PM (permalink)
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I found a great recipe that used Feta Cheese but unfortunately my wife won't eat feta. Is there an easy substitute? Here's the recipe:
 
Italian Sausage, Feta Cheese Pasta
This is such a quick recipe: Serving for 4

2 1/2 cups Rotini Pasta
4 Italian Sausages, hot, medium or mild
1/2 red bell pepper or a mixture of bell peppers
1/4 teaspoon thyme
1 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon red chili pepper flakes
3/4 cup feta cheese
1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
1 Tablespoon olive oil
3/4 cup of pitted greek olives (optional)

1. Cook noodles.
2. Meanwhile; remove casing from sausages and break into 1/2 to 1 inch pieces. Saute the sausage and bell peppers until sausages are browned.
3. Remove from heat and add thyme, garlic and hot chili flakes.
4. When noodles are cooked, drain and toss with the 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add the frying pan ingredients and toss with feta, basil and olives.
5. Serve immediately.
 
I planned on using ricotta instead of feta.. still, I'm not sure if there could be a better alternative.
 
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    Re:Substitute for Feta Cheese? Wed, 07/6/11 1:10 PM (permalink)
    Was the ricotta you were planning to use as a substitute ricotta salata (a dried, aged ricotta) or the ordinary soft creamy ricotta?  The ricotta salata will be closer in flavor to the feta, but you still will need to add extra salt to the dish, as feta has over 10 times as much salt as ricotta (unless, of course, if the salt is why your wife won't eat feta cheese). 
     
    Another possibility might be to use some blue (or better yet, gorgonzola) cheese, since it will have some of the "tang" of the feta (and the gorgonzola has about the same percentage of sodium as feta does).
     
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      Re:Substitute for Feta Cheese? Wed, 07/6/11 1:18 PM (permalink)
      Queso Fresco is a great substitute as is has a similar (but milder) flavor and does not have the smell of feta.  It also crumbles like feta.  This is readily available here in the south, not sure about your nexk of the woods though.
       
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        Re:Substitute for Feta Cheese? Wed, 07/6/11 3:42 PM (permalink)
        Buzzbait hit the nail on the head.
         
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          deepfryerdan

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          Re:Substitute for Feta Cheese? Thu, 07/7/11 10:28 AM (permalink)
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          Was the ricotta you were planning to use as a substitute ricotta salata (a dried, aged ricotta) or the ordinary soft creamy ricotta?

          I had planned the ordinary soft creamy ricotta. Is that a bad idea?
           
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            deepfryerdan

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            Re:Substitute for Feta Cheese? Thu, 07/7/11 10:29 AM (permalink)
            Buzzbait82

            Queso Fresco is a great substitute as is has a similar (but milder) flavor and does not have the smell of feta.  It also crumbles like feta.  This is readily available here in the south, not sure about your nexk of the woods though.

            I've never heard of that. I'll check the grocery store next time I'm there. Thanks for the input
             
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              SeamusD

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              Re:Substitute for Feta Cheese? Thu, 07/7/11 11:28 AM (permalink)
              A place I frequent for lunch has a sandwich that they put feta on, but when they run out, they substitute it with roquefort. I like it better than the feta on that particular sandwich (turkey, genoa salami, marinated tomatoes and cucumbers, red onion, fresh spinach, banana peppers, and the cheese, on a baguette roll).
               
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                Re:Substitute for Feta Cheese? Thu, 07/7/11 11:38 AM (permalink)
                The feta that I usually buy is way to salty for me.  I have tried other brands and had similar issues.  Blue cheese works better for me and even it is a little salty.
                 
                Paul E. Smith
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                  Re:Substitute for Feta Cheese? Thu, 07/7/11 1:35 PM (permalink)
                  deepfryerdan


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                  Was the ricotta you were planning to use as a substitute ricotta salata (a dried, aged ricotta) or the ordinary soft creamy ricotta?

                  I had planned the ordinary soft creamy ricotta. Is that a bad idea?

                  The ricotta salata will have more of the "sharpness" of the feta (more flavor, since it is aged), while the ordinary creamy ricotta is more like bland cottage cheese (with very little flavor).  This was also my reason for suggesting the various blue cheeses as a substitute, in order to give the dish more flavor.  With all the other somewhat strong flavors in the recipe (spicy Italian sausage, thyme, garlic, chili pepper, basil & Greek olives) the mild creamy ricotta will get totally lost, and for all practical purposes will be a waste of money.  In addition, the ricotta salata or the various blues, or even Queso Fresco(which translates into "fresh cheese") will have more of the texture of the feta, and not "mush up" or "turn to cream" as easily when mixed in with the other ingredients.
                   
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                    Re:Substitute for Feta Cheese? Thu, 07/7/11 4:57 PM (permalink)
                    Buzzbait82

                    Queso Fresco is a great substitute as is has a similar (but milder) flavor and does not have the smell of feta.  It also crumbles like feta.  This is readily available here in the south, not sure about your nexk of the woods though.

                    Agreed!
                    QUESO FRESCO
                    Like Feta – Crumbly, sprinkle over enchiladas & taquito and appetizers, (Botanas)
                    Should be available in a Hispanic market, http://www.tiendasmorelos.com/ 
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                      ann peeples

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                      Re:Substitute for Feta Cheese? Thu, 07/7/11 8:27 PM (permalink)
                      depfryerdan-quick question for you-as your wife doesnt like feta, does she like blue cheese? If she does, than substitute that.But otherwise as my esteemed roadfooders suggested, queso fresco is the best.
                       
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                        deepfryerdan

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                        Re:Substitute for Feta Cheese? Mon, 07/11/11 11:40 AM (permalink)
                        ann peeples


                        depfryerdan-quick question for you-as your wife doesnt like feta, does she like blue cheese? If she does, than substitute that.But otherwise as my esteemed roadfooders suggested, queso fresco is the best.

                         
                        No, no bleu cheese for her.. I like it though. At any rate, I ended up using ricotta because that's what I had. It was alright, had to add a lot of salt too because the italian sausage I had had gone bad (who would've though, I only had it for a week) and I used chicken instead. It was too many changes at once. I think next time I'll go for the queso fresco, it's on my grocery list.
                         
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                          ann peeples

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                          Re:Substitute for Feta Cheese? Mon, 07/11/11 11:45 AM (permalink)
                          Well, better luck next time-and let us know how it turns out.Sounds like a good recipe.
                           
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                            Re:Substitute for Feta Cheese? Tue, 07/26/11 4:08 AM (permalink)
                            If you have a food processor you can add the chunk of feta along with the basil & sundried tomatoes and get those results, but I believe Athenos makes a crumbled version of this. Look for it where the prepared sliced cheeses are in the diary section of the market.
                             
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                              Re:Substitute for Feta Cheese? Tue, 07/26/11 8:29 AM (permalink)
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                              If you have a food processor you can add the chunk of feta along with the basil & sundried tomatoes and get those results, but I believe Athenos makes a crumbled version of this. Look for it where the prepared sliced cheeses are in the diary section of the market.

                               
                              Steadam2011:
                              Please read the entire thread before posting on it.  In his original post, deepfryerdan asks for "an easy substitute" for feta cheese, since "unfortunately my wife won't eat feta."

                               
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