Maintain a balanced diet with American speciality cheeses

Maintain a balanced diet with American speciality cheeses

US cheese makers have launched unprecedented products for dietary purposes, producing cheeses that target specific nutritional and dietary requirements



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Suchitra Steven Samuel

Published: Fri 31 May 2019, 1:12 PM

Enjoying cheese as a stand-out ingredient continues to be a trend with most residents as well as the foodservice sector. Whether it may be quick service restaurants, full service or family restaurants, casual theme restaurants, fine dining, hotel and resorts - an increasing number of outlets are now offering speciality cheeses distinctively called out in all courses including appetisers, salads, soups, bread, entrées, and desserts.
US cheese makers have also launched unprecedented products for dietary purposes, producing cheeses that target specific nutritional and dietary requirements including low fat, reduced fat, low sodium, halal, organic and lactose-free. The last few decades, small-scale artisan cheesemakers all over the US began producing speciality cheeses and coining them with inventive names to reflect their region, tradition, or ethnicity. 
Here are a few examples:
Sartori Gold BellaVitano: This rich, creamy cheese with its nutty, fruity flavour is also a celebrated gold-medal winner. Inspired by traditional, Italian farmstead cheese, BellaVitano Gold begins in taste like a premium parmesan and finishes in award-winning style with hints of melted butter. The cheese has won awards including: 2018 - International Cheese Awards, Best USA Cheese and 2017 - World Cheese Awards, Super Gold.
Sartori Basil and Olive Oil Asiago: Basil with Asiago is a timeless match. At least six months of careful ageing prepares the Asiago wheels to be hand-rubbed with basil and extra-virgin olive oil for a unique flavour. The cheese has won awards including: 2010, 2008 - Wisconsin State Fair, Second Place and 2010 - World Cheese Awards, Bronze Medal.
Shullsburg Cranberry Chipotle Cheddar: The cheddar is made the traditional way- milling and salting the curd and is then enhanced with Wisconsin Cranberries and imported Chipotle Peppers. After proper curing, this cheese stands alone with its delectable flavour profile of Smokey pepper and sweet/sour cranberries all supported by a smooth aged cheddar cheese. This cheese pairs well with sweet red or white grape, dry sausage or also enjoyable on its own.
- suchitra@khaleejtimes.com


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