Anybody who knows me well, knows that I love cheese. I have to watch my consumption, because sometimes I can’t stop at one piece.
As we can’t enjoy travel as much as we’d like, we do a bit of culinary travelling via the international and Canadian cheese selection at our local Longos grocery store. We’ve been trying new cheeses once every two weeks.
Lately, I’ve fallen in love with two Irish cheeses – Kerrygold Dubliner and Reserve Cheddar. Produced by the Irish Dairy Board, these two cheeses are popular not only in Ireland but in over 50 countries.
Kerrygold Dubliner Cheese – Original
This hard cheese reminds me of some of the cheddar cheeses in England that I enjoyed a few years ago but with a twist. It’s slightly salty, has a bite like grated Parmesan cheese and is balanced with a sweet, nutty flavour that I love. Calcium lactate crystals create a surprising texture when you roll the cheese in your mouth, savouring the flavours.
How to eat it:
- On its own – enjoy a small piece slowly to bring out the sweet, nutty characteristics and slight sharpness. Remove it from your refrigerator for about a half hour before enjoying to get the full flavour.
- Cubed, tossed in a salad with a light vinaigrette dressing such as Italian or Raspberry.
- Perfect for crackers or crostini with a bit of chutney or a berry jam.
Kerrygold Reserve Cheddar
Kerrygold Reserve cheddar is a hard cheese, with a touch of moisture that makes it a touch creamier and softer than the Dubliner. While Dubliner has a sweet undertone, the Reserve Cheddar has been aged an extra year than the regular aged cheddar to be extra sharp and flavourful. The initial sharpness mellows on the tongue when you take a moment to let it melt in your mouth.
How to eat it:
- Include it as a part of your cheese platter when entertaining – remove from the refrigerator for about half an hour to enjoy its full flavour.
- Slice it thinly to include in a grilled cheese sandwich for a more gourmet option that regularly sliced cheese.
- Crumble it into a mix of cheeses for Mac’ n Cheese.
- Add to your sandwiches with meats such as roast turkey or chicken.
Of course, it’s always good to enjoy such great Irish cheeses with a good glass of wine!