Would you eat cottage cheese with applesauce, pickled beets or avocado?

This breakfast features cottage cheese mixed with yogurt and sprinkled with cinnamon. Photo from Karen Gingrich.
This breakfast features cottage cheese mixed with yogurt and sprinkled with cinnamon. Photo from Karen Gingrich.

In last week’s food section, I asked readers for their favorite cottage cheese toppings.

It was part of our ongoing conversation about food based around this #Austin360Cooks hashtag. @nutritionnextdoor had posted a photo of cottage cheese with cherries, which prompted me to pose the question to others.

I was delighted to get some fun answers from readers, mostly via email. Here are some snippets of your responses:

You asked about cottage cheese.  I love it! The best brand around here is HEB’s. I eat it with diced avocado and a sprinkling of seasoned salt, like Lowry’s.  In the ’60s we used to make a “salad” or dip with mashed avocado, cottage cheese and the seasoned salt. That would still work well, but it is less trouble to just layer them and eat!

— Kay Weiland

I believe you asked your readers to tell you what they liked to eat on cottage cheese. Interesting question because my husband and I have a difference of opinion.  He grew up in Pennsylvania eating applesauce on cottage cheese, as well as apple butter, which is a Dutch custom and understandable. I’d never heard of the applesauce custom. When I lived In Bermuda, the father of a friend of mine mentioned being served pineapple on cottage cheese on an airplane flight, which he thought was strange.  I told him that it was very common in the U.S. My husband also likes pickled beets on it, which I do, too. Any kind of fruit, like apricots or peaches is good. I also like sliced tomatoes on it, which my husband doesn’t. I read once that Pres. Nixon liked ketchup on it, which both my husband and I think is strange. We’ve never tried it and don’t want to.

— Sharon Tomkins

Here’s an easy cottage cheese favorite breakfast of mine. See pic. Great source of calcium, especially for women, is delicious and very easy to fix.

1 cinnamon/raisin English muffin
1/4 cup cottage cheese
1 dollop of vanilla yogurt
1 dollop of plain yogurt

While toasting the muffin, mix together cottage cheese and yogurts in a small bowl. When toast is crispy, spoon cheese/yogurt mixture evenly on the muffin tops and sprinkle with cinnamon.

— Karen Gingrich

Now that it’s August, it’s time for a new gallery of #Austin360Cooks photos. Here’s what you’ve submitted so far:

Author: Addie Broyles

Food writer for the Austin American-Statesman and Austin360.com.

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