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panquehue

dinaofdoom Apr 11, 2009 05:52 PM

my local grocer just started carrying two versions-- regular and chive.
since it was only $2.99 a package, i couldn't resist grabbing some to try.
and, to be honest, i loves me some cheese so i can't really resist in general.

according to wikipedia, this is a semi-soft chilean cheese.
have any of you tried it, and if so, is it a table cheese or can i cook with it?
the recipes i found on the company website were really boring and uninspired...
(if you are curious, it's here http://www.andescheese.com/web/index.htm

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any recommendations would be appreciated!

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    castironchef RE: dinaofdoom Jun 10, 2009 10:52 PM

    Hey, Dina. Panquehue is definitely a table cheese. It is semi-soft as you have indicated and easily spreadable. Try the chive variety on wheat crackers with a good Moscato d'Asti. I recommend Fratelli if it is available in your area. The crispness of the chives plays well with the sweetness of the wine.

    As for the plain, it's good and simple. Makes a great party cheese since anyone can enjoy it.

    There is a third variety that comes filled with Chilean Peppers. It is very nice and pairs well with Malbec, a wonderful red. I recommend Finca el Origen. It comes from Argentina and has a nice peppery note that compliments the flavors in the cheese.

    Cheers,
    The Cast Iron Chef

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