I used to think there were only three types of cheese as a kid – Kraft singles, Velveeta, and Cheddar…now as I have grown up the only one of those I consider real cheese is Cheddar. Even though the others as much as I still love them just don’t cut it for me anymore – okay unless it’s cheese dip or a simple grilled cheese .
All kinds of cheese
Cheddar – Creamy BBQ Chicken Pizza
American – White Queso
Gouda – Grit Cakes (recipe coming soon)
Swiss – Slow Cooker Scalloped Potatoes
Havarti – Shepherd’s Pie
Goat Cheese – Rosemary and Goat Cheese Ravioli
Feta – Greek Nachos
Gruyere – Beer Cheese Soup
Monterrey Jack – Baked Chiles Rellenos
Mozzarella – Caprese Chicken
Parmesan – Parmesan Chive Biscuits
Ricotta – Kale Pesto & 4 Cheese Pasta
Queso Fresco – Creamy Chicken Enchiladas
Pepper Jack – Mexicali Burgers
Blue Cheese – Does it count that I used to be obsessed with blue cheese dressing?
Gorgonzola – The one cheese I don’t care for. What can I say not all cheeses are for me. I know some of you are speechless by what I just said.
All of these cheeses are ones you can find at the grocery store. But what about recipes that call for cheese that you have never heard of or that you don’t know where to look? That’s where it gets a little tricky. There are three things that I love more about Indianapolis than Birmingham: pro sports, 4 real seasons and local food markets. Vine & Table and Goose are just two of the places that I have found that satisfy my foodie needs more specifically my cheese, wine, and meat needs.
I love putting together a cheese board. I almost believe there is sort of an art to it. Later this month I’ll give you some tips to create the perfect cheese board.
Pictured top left to bottom right: Langherino (a blend of cow & sheep’s milk cheese, reminded me of a creamy Brie), Kefalotyri (a salty goat’s milk cheese used to substitute Parmesan), Vella Dry Jack (a drier Monterrey Jack) and Rosemary Focaccia
So Happy National Cheese Day! What is your favorite cheese? And never ask me that because it changes daily!