The Best Summer Cheeses

Cheeses are seasonal. Milk is more plentiful and richer in the summer and fresh cheese just feels lighter and more in keeping with the season. Also sheep and goats only produce milk in the spring and summer. Since cheese makers freeze the milk or curds you can find fresh cheeses all year round, but enjoy them now while they are truly farm fresh. Mozzarella Made from cow or buffalo milk, it’s mild and milky rather than rich and buttery. A classic summer dish with mozzarella is Insalata Caprese. Feta Salty dry or creamy feta is perfect crumbled over salads, adding a bright and tangy counterpoint to naturally sweet summer fruit and vegetables. A classic summer dish with feta is Watermelon Feta Salad. Fresh goat cheese Fresh soft goat cheese has a lovely tangy quality and sticks to pasta or spreads easily on bread. In the summer goat’s milk can be more floral and grassy, indicative of their diet. Try serving fresh goat cheese stuffed in a peach half. Ricotta Soft and creamy ricotta is a cheese made from leftover whey. It Italy it is a byproduct of Parmesan production. Spread ricotta on slices of roasted eggplant and roll up for a vegetarian entree. Each of these cheeses are particularly versatile with summer produce. Here are two formulas to help you create your own summer cheese recipes. Of course, these are just suggestions, you can use any fruit or vegetable that strikes your fancy! 1. Summer Cheese + Summer Vegetable + Herb Choose one from each column to make a salad, roasted dish, toss with pasta or serve on a pizza. 2. Summer Cheese + Summer Fruit + Seasoning Choose one from each column to make a salad or as a dessert.

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