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Best Cottage Cheese with Herbs (Amish Inspired)

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Resting time: 5 hours
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 86kcal
Author: Becky Hardin
This delicious herbed cottage cheese recipe is so easy to make and perfect to serve as a dip. Inspired by the Amana colonies, it is wonderfully seasoned and fresh and light tasting.
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  • 24 ounces whole milk large curd cottage cheese 1 tub
  • 2 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 3 tablespoons freeze-dried chives
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¾ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  • Pour the cottage cheese into a wire sieve that has been placed over a larger bowl and refrigerate for 1-2 hours to strain the cottage of excess whey (cottage cheese liquid). Discard the whey that has dripped into the bowl.
  • Mix all ingredients, including the strained cottage cheese, in a medium bowl.
  • Place the prepared cottage cheese in an airtight container and refrigerate at least 4-24 hours before serving.
  • The cottage cheese will keep up to 5 days in the fridge.
  • Enjoy!


  • Drain the cheese for at least one hour to get rid of the excess whey. If you skip this step, the dip can be overly watery.
  • Use whole milk cottage cheese rather than skim or low fat for the richest flavors.


Calories: 86kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 604mg | Potassium: 94mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 170IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 1mg