Where can the product be purchased: at grocers nationwide
Description of Product: “With cold temperatures outside, nothing warms up a kitchen like classic macaroni and cheese or a crock full of savory onion soup enrobed in crusty, gooey, melted cheese!
Finlandia Cheese, with over 150 years of master cheese making experience, has a variety of flavors that offer endless culinary possibilities. From Swiss, Light Swiss, Muenster, Gouda, Havarti, Double Gloucester, Oltermanni and the newest introduction – Finlandia Lacey Swiss; you’ll find the robust flavors and superior melting quality a gratifying solution to another night at home.
“ My real secret is knowing that all cheese is not created equal,” advises Ariane Duarte, of Bravo’s Top Chef and owner/executive chef of the award-winning CulinAriane restaurant. “Whether I’m choosing ingredients for the restaurant or for my family, quality is my first concern.I I use Finlandia® cheeses in my recipes as they are all natural, hormone-free and naturally lactose-free, and I especially like the superior taste.”
Try these great recipes from Chef Ariane when planning your winter fondue party or to create an intimate “night-in” with that special someone. For more information as well as additional recipes, be sure to log onto www.finlandiacheese.com.
French Onion Soup with Finlandia Swiss Cheese
¼ c butter
3 onions, thinly sliced
1 t white sugar
1 T all purpose flour
2 ½ c water
½ red wine
2 (10.5 oz) cans condensed beef broth
1 French baguette, sliced thick
8 oz sliced Finlandia Swiss Cheese or Black Label Gruyere
Melt butter or margarine in a 4 quart saucepan. Stir in sugar. Cook onions over medium heat for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Stir in flour until well blended with the onions and pan juices and cook about 5 minutes. Add water, wine, and beef broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
Cut four thick slices of bread from the loaf. Toast the bread slices until browned and crusty. Reserve the remaining bread to serve with the soup. Ladle soup into four oven safe bowls. Place one slice of toasted bread on top of the soup in each bowl. Cover top of bowl with Finlandia Cheese slice until it just falls over the edge. Place soup bowls on a cookie sheet to avoid spills in the oven. Bake at 425 degrees for 10 minutes or just until cheese is melted and golden brown.
Swiss Fondue (Just got healthier)
1 clove garlic
1 c dry white wine
1 pound Finlandia Swiss, Light Swiss or Lacey Swiss Cheese, grated
1 T cornstarch
1 pinch freshly grated nutmeg
1 t salt
1 t black pepper
Assorted fresh fruit, sliced
Assorted fresh vegetables, sliced
Holy wheat baguette or other crusty bread, cut into cubes
Preheat fondue pot.
Rub the bottom and sides of medium saucepan with garlic clove. Heat the pan over medium-high heat. Pour in the wine and turn heat to high. Bring wine to a boil and turn heat down to simmer. Place the shredded Finlandia Swiss and cornstarch in a bowl and mix together until the cheese is coated with the cornstarch. Slowly add the cheese to the wine and stir with a wooden spoon until the cheese is melted – about 3-4 minutes. Add fresh nutmeg to the cheese and stir. Season with salt and pepper and pour into the fondue pot. Serve immediately with fruit, vegetables and bread. Serves 4
Review of Product: I hadn’t ever tried Finlandia cheese until very recently and am in love with this brand of cheese! My favorite is the Havarti slices – there is something so creamy and comforting about Havarti, I just love it. I tend to eat cheese like this plan as a snack or maybe with a piece of deli meat – but the recipes in this post have me re-thinking my cheese options! I also tried the gouda slices and the muenster and found both much more flavorful than your standard grocery store brands. Make sure to grab some Finlandia Cheese for your cheese needs!
I received a sample of these products to review at no charge but my opinions remain my own.
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