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Prima Donna Cheese

jfood Apr 24, 2009 01:13 PM

Mrs jfood brought home some of this. A hard cheese with the basic characteristics of a gruyere.

Anyone try it yet and suggestions for uses?

TIA

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    ChiliDude Apr 24, 2009 01:23 PM

    Is the cheese hard as Parmigiano Reggiano? If so, grate it on top of pasta dishes or on top of omelets (or in the egg mixture for frittate (pl.) for the Italian omelet). It could also be used in a fondue pot.

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      skwid Apr 24, 2009 01:32 PM

      Nope, not as hard as Reggiano. We get this frequently where we live (SF Bay Area) and we usually use it on a Cheese plate. It can also be used as a melting cheese as jfood says it is somewhat like a gruyere.

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      ladyjanekitty Apr 24, 2009 01:55 PM

      It is an aged gouda. It has a nutty flavor with salty bits.

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        snoboardbabe77 Apr 27, 2009 11:56 AM

        Like LJkitty said - it was an aged gouda-it does have a nutty flavor..but it's not as deep of a gouda as Beemster or Roomano (not Romano).

        Besides crackers, it would stand up with gruyere to make the sauce for un croque monsieurs. Grating it over a baked potato would also be good. An addition (with other cheeses) for home made mac 'n cheese. Would do well with ham.

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          jfood Apr 27, 2009 11:58 AM

          Jfood melted on a burger last night. Very mild background flavor to the burger. And the salt was a nice touch. He liked it.

      2. scuzzo Apr 27, 2009 12:46 PM

        I've had it and enjoyed it. I recently had Ballerina, another aged gouda. Harder, more crumbly and a stronger flavor. Very nice!

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          snoboardbabe77 Apr 28, 2009 06:50 AM

          Scuzzo - Who makes Ballerina? I live in MN and am a huge fan of Goudas. I've had Beemster and Beemster Light; Roomano; Grand Parano, Vincent, Prima Donna, Rembrandt, and a number of others (any in the cheese section) but I have never heard of Ballerina-nor do I think I've seen it?

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            scuzzo Apr 28, 2009 01:47 PM

            It looks like it's from the Netherlands, and I misspelled it. It's Balarina. Here's a link, but not from the manufacturer...

            http://www.venissimo.com/store/produc...

            I live in souther CA now, but I'm originally a Minnesotan, Duluth, then MPLS.

            Trader Joe's does not have Balarina, but DO TRY their Old Amsterdam Gouda!!! I like it a lot!

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              snoboardbabe77 Apr 30, 2009 11:53 AM

              Thanks Scuzzo! I'll keep my eye out for it! I HAVE had Old Amsterdam and I LOVE IT. My chowhubby and I could eat goudas and blues/gorgonzolas all the time!!! Cheese can be so much fun-and now I'm definitely on the hunt for this Balarina!

        2. Den Apr 30, 2009 02:42 PM

          It is really great just thinly sliced with some Carr's crackers. We like to use it with a red wine.

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