Food Snob Chronicles — Bread Cheese. Who knew?

I know my Manchego. Bries and Blues — well-rounded. I’m even sharp when it comes to Cheddars.

But Bread Cheese?

What in tarnation is Bread Cheese? Lucky me. I found out in the most unlikely of ways.

‘Adam, you’ve got to try this cheese,’ Catherine told me as I dodged scooter-drivers and cart-pushers at my local H.E.B. grocery store.

‘I’m good,’ I responded. As much as I like food, I tend only to try the new beer samples.

‘No. You need to try it,’ as she escorted our buggy toward the elderly woman handing out samples. ‘It’s called Bread Cheese and it tastes just like pizza. The beer samples will still be there.’

As usual, Catherine was right. This bread cheese stuff was worthy of sampling … and buying.

So what is Bread Cheese, exactly?

No need to go all the way to Finland for this goodness.

No need to go all the way to Finland for this goodness.

First, there’s no bread involved. Its name comes from the fact that baking and slightly browning it is part of the cheese making process. It sort of looks like a piece of toasted bread, but tastes so much better. It’s firm, before heated, and has a mild flavor. More on that in a minute.

Though it originated as a product of reindeer milk in Finland (where it’s known as juustoleipä or leipäjuusto), Bread Cheese is also produced in the U.S. using cow’s milk. It’s alternatively known as Finnish squeaky cheese.

While my wife’s claim that it tastes like pizza is true, bread cheese could also pass as French toast. It really depends on what you drizzle on it, or serve alongside as a dip. Marinara, honey, sweet-spicy jam — they’re all delicious with this stuff.  The folks in Finland dip cubed bread cheese in their morning coffee.

Cubed bread cheese

Bread Cheese — Just warm it, cut into cubes, then let your taste buds run wild.

Preparation is easy. It can be grilled (or griddled) over low heat until it has a glossy appearance. It can also be microwaved. Just cube the warmed block and dig in.

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Comments

  1. I’ve seen this in the cheese case but never tried it. Must remedy that as soon as I am able!

  2. Wow! I tasted a sample of something like this at the Minneapolis Food & Wine Show a while back… Clearly didn’t give it enough of a go at the time, but I’m craving it now like nobody’s business!!! 🙂

    • adamjholland says:

      This is an appetizer in itself. Even without any accoutrements. Let me know when you find it. 🙂

  3. I have always warmed my bread cheese in the microwave, I really never thought outside the box far enough to consider any other method. Now, that you’ve opened my eyes, I will have to try some on the grill.

    • adamjholland says:

      Ain’t a thing wrong with the microwave. The grill/griddle definitely adds some toasty flavor though.

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