Friday, July 30, 2010

Go Go Manchego

A few weeks ago I shared my love of Burrata Cheese. I thought I would share another cheese I love maybe just as much: Manchego (man-chey-go)

Manchego is a Spanish cheese and is named for the region of La Mancha, land of Don Quixote, a book some of you may have been forced to read (aka read the Cliff Notes) in high school. It's made from sheep's milk. Don't be scared... I know I just lost a few of you. It really is fabulous. Trust me on this. You will love it. It has a distinctive taste but think mild Parmesan-ish but less salty. Ask for a sample if you can. You will be hooked. It's the perfect table cheese. Store wrapped in wax paper in the fridge for up to six months.

You'll find wedges or wheels in good cheese shops, Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, I just scored a huge wedge at Costco during their last Cheese Road Show. It has a distinctive brown zig-zag rind that proves the cheese is the real deal Manchego. You don't eat it, though it won't kill ya if you did, it cuts off easily. It the semi-firm white to pale yellow (color depends on age) mild, nutty, flaky cheese inside yumminess you want.

A little Manchego, thin slices of ham, Manzanilla olives and a couple of almonds and I am in heaven. If you want to be muy auténtico make it Serrano ham and Marcona almonds. The perfect no-cook, sit outside on the patio, enjoy the moonlight, wish on stars, summer dinner.

For dessert we had some sliced apples and the first of the grapes from my garden. They aren't very big but the birds were starting to eye them so we gobbled them up before they could.

11 comments:

Lynnda said...

I think that since surgery I have only survived due to cheese.. Love it. Haven't tried this one, though.. heading over to Boney's to see if they have it.. and if not - I shall just find some other cheese and delicious meat to nosh on.. Thanks girlie!

Christine said...

Oh MAN. Sign me up for some of that. That cheese sounds delicious! And with the ham, almonds, and fresh-grown grapes....

When are you having a dinner party? :-)

Anonymous said...

where do you get that awesome cheese board?

angie

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Lynnda, Boney's probably will :)

Christina, :) Come on over... hey that house across the street is still for sale!

Angie: It was my b-day gift to me:

http://tinyurl.com/33fpfve

I love it.

Shelly said...

Manchego is my favorite cheese. I LOVE it so much. It is amazing on just about everything! Thank you for featuring it!

Oh I get it at Whole Foods mainly.

Anonymous said...

Shelly,
I too am a cheese lover. My husband is latino, and I have to say there is NOT ONE type of cheese from the latino market that I don't like! Manchego is one of my favorites! It is so creamy and yummy! Thanks for the super easy dinner idea and have a great weekend!

Fredda O. (aka A girl called Fred)

~K said...

That is like my perfect dinner. Anytime I have company over, I always make a cheese plate and toss on some olives and almonds. It is always a hit and no one ever knows it's post op friendly. :)

Tammy said...

You did not steer me wrong on the burrata (waiting for payday so I can get more!), so I will trust you on the Manchego and give it a whirl. Can it only be eaten plain? Any way to use it in a dish? Maybe in parm dishes?

You keep educating me, and I'll keep trying. Thank you!

Erin said...

I just saw Manchego cheese in the grocery store and didn't get it. Guess I'll be going back to get some. ;) I love cheese. It's my biggest complaint with my iron supplement. It cuts into my cheese habit!

Lisa Dasen said...

I love cheese too! BUT Your grapes are beautiful! I am scheduled for surgery in 2 weeks and have absorbed so much advice and so many ideas from your blog Shelly! Thank you!

Susan said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE Burrata, discovered it at an Italian place in NYC last April. And also enjoy Manchego. Even though I'm lactose intolerant since the RNY ... I will suffer in order to eat the Burrata! Sheep & goat milk cheeses don't seem to bother me... except in the wallet!

Sooz in Chgo