PORTUGUESE CHEESES

São Miguel


(Sow Me gal)…The honey color and incredibly creamy texture of this lovely semi soft cow’s milk cheese, leads to a savory, sophisticated flavor with a hint of sourness, similar to popular Havarti.

Smooth São Miguel melts easily and adds zip to pasta, rice, egg fritattas and vegetables, but is most often served as a table cheese on top of crusty baguette slices, dried apricots or hearty country breads.

Beer and dry red or white wines compli¬ment this unique and delightful cheese.

Corvo


Kor vo)…Resembling fine aged cheddar, this firm, golden-coloured cow’s milk cheese has a unique taste and a dry, smooth texture.

This exceptional cheese ap¬peals to customers who appreciate fine, old cheddar. The pleasingly sharp flavour of Corvo is a welcome addition to any cheese tray.

Melt it to make decadent grilled sandwiches, or serve Corvo as a snack with crisp apple wedges and toasted almonds. Full-bodied red wines or light Rieslings are perfect with Corvo.

Topo St. Jorge


(Saint George)…Our only imported cheese, St. Jorge is a popular Portuguese classic with roots dating back to the 15th century.

This distinctive raw cow’s milk cheese is aged a minimum of 3 - 5 months. The firm, smooth texture and aromatic smell tempt you to enjoy the authentic bold flavour.

Enjoy St. Jorge for dessert on a cheese tray with fresh pears, or add it to everyday dishes where the sharp taste would transform them into gourmet delights.

Full bodied red wine, Port or Madeira wines are a wonderful compliment to St. Jorge.

Graciosa


(Gra see o sa)… Only the snow-white colour tells you this milk, almost sweet & marvelously creamy cheese is made from 100% goat’s milk. Graciosa is delight¬fully different than other goat cheeses and a very popular Portuguese speciality.

This crowd-pleasing cheese will have special appeal to your customers who struggle with the sometimes harsh flavour of goat cheese or those who are lactose intolerant to cheeses made from cow’s milk.

Graciosa is rennet free and will therefore be of interest to your vegetarian clientele. The simple flavour of Graci¬osa compliments many others and the smooth texture makes it fabulous for melt¬ing.

Try it in any recipe calling for bocconcini or Monterey jack, or for breakfast, alongside rich nut bread or muffins and sliced oranges. Light, fruity white wine and coolers accompany this versatile goat cheese extremely well.

Amelas Semi Soft Cheese


Named after the owner's grandmother, it has a creamy consistency with a hint of salt. It has a red wax coating and goes beautifully with a glass of red wine.

Vaquinha


Golden yellow in colour with a waxy exterior rind, closed body, and creamy smooth, delicious sour tang.

A must in the basic Portuguese cheese selection, plus Vaquinha is growing in popularity as a delicious and interesting change from traditional Gouda on cheese platters.

Serra


Mild with a slightly salty taste and characteristic pinholes in the body, this buttery cheese is quite unique.

Serra is a semi soft made with 100% cow’s milk. It is somewhat creamy in texture when young, developing firm and dry with age.

Queijo do Pico


A traditional cheese (quejo) from the mountains (Pico) in Portugal, this pale golden colored cheese has everyday appeal in the Portuguese community for its creamy, slightly salty and pleasantly sour taste.

Terra Verde


The salting makes it distinctively Portuguese. The fresh churned butter is made in small batches like all fine European butters.

Use it as an ingredient in gourmet recipes or as a delicious spread on fresh bread.