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Semi-Soft Cheese Recommendation Needed

Perilagu Khan Nov 16, 2010 08:02 AM

I'm making croissant sandwiches tonight with shaved, smoked ham, Dijon mustard, butter, romaine lettuce and minced chives, and I need the ideal semisoft cheese to go with them.

Any suggestions?

  1. Gio Nov 16, 2010 08:09 AM

    I like a nice Fontina... but what immediately came to mind was Harvarti, Muenster,
    Smoked Scamorza, Taleggio and Montery Jack.

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    1. re: Gio
      Euonymous Nov 16, 2010 08:11 AM

      Fontina is definitely the way to go for these sandwiches!

      1. re: Euonymous
        Perilagu Khan Nov 16, 2010 08:51 AM

        Fontina and Havarti are both sounding nice.

        1. re: Perilagu Khan
          katecm Nov 16, 2010 08:59 AM

          Yup - then skip the romaine, saving it for a salad on the side, and grill those puppies so the croissant gets toasted and the cheese gets melty.

        2. re: Euonymous
          mariacarmen Nov 16, 2010 09:19 PM

          agree! So, PK, what did you go with?

          1. re: mariacarmen
            Perilagu Khan Nov 17, 2010 06:47 AM

            I'm walking with havarti. But I've put this off until tomorrow night. I will also take the advice of eschewing the romaine.

            1. re: Perilagu Khan
              BobB Nov 17, 2010 10:40 AM

              If you can find it, there's a great Portuguese-style cheese called Bom Petisco, made in Rhode Island. I'm not sure it's distributed outside New England, though.

              And it's odd - every time our local market gets a batch, they vary in texture from almost spreadably soft to hard as cheddar - and all in the same date batch! The softer ones are delicious and creamy, while the harder ones are just boring, kind of like monterey jack. So be sure to give them a squeeze and pick the softest.

      2. Yank Nov 16, 2010 10:57 AM

        Try Brie or Camembert. Their sweetness when grilled & melted is perfect with you ham & chives.
        As suggested save the Romain for another use.

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        1. re: Yank
          Perilagu Khan Nov 16, 2010 11:26 AM

          The "recipe" actually suggested Brie or Camembert, but those are a no-go with the wifey. Hence, I'm plumbing the depths of the soft cheese world in search of untold revelatory treasures.

          1. re: Perilagu Khan
            antepiedmont Nov 16, 2010 03:38 PM

            I am probably too late but my go-to semisoft cheese is a fresh (unaged) Pecorino. Sometimes those get a little high or sharp, which is not to my taste, but if you get one that isn't it is just glorious.

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