Saturday, February 25, 2012

Finlandia's Cheese Reveiw

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Warmer weather is right around the corner and so is the start of grilling season and hanging out with friends and family on the patio or deck, and of course, that means delicious food. In my family, one ingredient required at every party is cheese! It can be as an appetizer/snack, on sandwiches or burgers or mixed into a casserole or salad, if there is a gathering, you can guarantee there is cheese involved. One of my favorite brands of cheese is Finlandia, their Lacey Swiss is a big favorite because not only does it taste great but it allows me to have my cheese and still fit into my jeans afterward!

Finlandia's entire line is all-natural, lactose-free and hormone-free with some great options that are low in fat and sodium. They offer high quality, highly flavorful varieties including Swiss, Light Swiss, Havarti, Muenster, Double Gloucester and Gouda and they pair perfectly with whatever you are putting on your plate!
 With over 100 years of master cheese making experience, Finlandia knows how to make distinctly delicious cheeses with nutty and robust flavors!  Their newest cheese, the Finlandia Lacey Swiss Cheese is perfect for those watching their health and waistline. It contains 24% less fat and lower in sodium than traditional Swiss cheese. It has been aged for over 60 days, so the flavor is so authentic that it is difficult to tell that it is actually low fat--I honestly couldn't tell.
Finlandia cheeses can be found in the Deli section of supermarkets and at deli counters. 

Chef Ariane Duarte of Bravo’s Top Chef and owner/executive chef of the acclaimed CulinAriane restaurant in Montclair, NJ, shared some recipes that would make perfect options for those deck parties, of course using Finlandia Cheese. Enjoy!

Sublime Submarine Sandwich
 Serves 4
¼ lb Ham, sliced
¼ lb Salami, sliced
8 slices Finlandia Swiss cheese
1 c lettuce, shredded
2 tomatoes, thinly sliced
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
2 tsp dry oregano
¼ c extra virgin olive oil
¼ c red wine vinegar
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp granulated onion
S & P
French baguette
Create a marinade by combining the lettuce, tomato, onion, dry oregano, vinegar, garlic powder, onion powder and olive oil in a bowl.  Season with s&p.  Slice the baguette in half lengthwise.  Remove some of the inner bread.  Drizzle some of the dressing (minus lettuce and tomato) onto each half of the bread.  Layer the ham, salami and Finlandia Swiss cheese and top it with the marinated vegetables.  Slice in 4 sections and serve.
Marinated Flank Steak, Grilled Scallion and Finlandia Havarti Sandwich
 Serves 4
½ lb flank steak
¼ c soy sauce
¼ c teriyaki glaze
1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
8 scallions
8 slices Finlandia Havarti cheese
2 Tbsp mayonnaise
8 slices country white bread
Combine the soy sauce, teriyaki sauce and red pepper flakes in a bowl.  Add the flank steak and marinate for 2-8 hours.  Preheat grill.  Place the flank steak on the grill and grill for 5 minutes.  Turn over and grill for 5 more minutes, depending on thickness of steak.  Remove from the grill and allow to rest for 5 minutes.  While the steak is resting, place the scallions on the grill and cook for 3-4 minutes per side.  Remove them from grill, chop and combine with mayonnaise.  Slice the flank steak thinly on the bias.  Spread scallion mayo on bread and top with the flank steak and Finlandia Havarti cheese. 
Classic Cuban Pork Sandwich
Serves 4
¼ lb peppered ham, sliced
¼ lb cooked pork loin, thinly sliced
8 slices Finlandia Gouda cheese
¼ c grainy mustard
1/2 c dill pickles, sliced
1 Cuban baguette
Slice the baguette in half lengthwise.  Spread the grainy mustard on both sides of the bread.  On the bottom half of the baguette, layer the ham, pork, Finlandia Gouda cheese and pickles.  Cover with other half of bread; slice in 4 equal sections.
Turkey and Finlandia Lacey Swiss Avocado BLT
Created by Chef Ariane Duarte
Serves 2
4 Slices 7 Grain Bread
4 oz sliced roasted turkey breast
6 Slices Finlandia Lacey Swiss
4 pieces turkey bacon (cooked according to package)
1 tomato, sliced
½ Avocado, peeled, pitted and sliced
Green Leaf lettuce, such as Romaine
Light Mayonnaise
Spread mayo on all slices of grain bread. On two of the slices, place lettuce, tomato, bacon, avocado, turkey and top with Finlandia Lacey Swiss. Top with remaining 2 slices. Cut in half.

Serve with your favorite chips and pickles. Enjoy! 

Finlandia Gloucester Burger with Russian Dressing
Created by Chef Ariane Duarte
Serves 6
2 lb ground chuck
1oz (package) onion soup mix
1 egg beaten
2t Worcestershire sauce
2t hot sauce
3/4c rolled oats
1/4t black pepper
12 slices Finlandia Double Gloucester
6 burger buns of your choice
2T melted butter
Mix first 5 ingredients all together. Form into 6 patties. Pressing your thumb print into each patty after they are formed.  Heat grill to med-high and place patties on grill. Grill on one side for about 7 minutes and flip once for another 7 minutes or until the temperature you desire. Add 2 slices of Finlandia cheese to each burger and allow to melt, while brushing buns with butter. Then place the buns on the grill butter side down for about 30 seconds, just enough to warm.  Smear some Russian dressing on bun, next add the burger and if you like lettuce, tomato and onion and pickles.
Russian Dressing
1/2c mayo
1/3c ketchup
1T red wine vinegar
1T grated onion
1Tchopped parsley
Mix all together. Refrigerate.
Jumpin’ Turkey Finlandia Swiss Burgers
Created by Chef Ariane Duarte
 Serves 6
2 lbs Ground Turkey
1 or 2 jalapeƱo peppers, small dice (depending on how much heat you like)
½ c chopped cilantro
1T ground cumin
1t chopped garlic
1 small onion, diced
Salt & pepper
12 slices Finlandia Swiss or Light Swiss Cheese
6 burger buns of your choice
In a bowl, combine all ingredients. Divide equally into 6 balls. Form into patties and place on grill. Grill on high heat - 4 minutes on 1 side, then turn and finish for about 3 to 4 minutes on the other. Add two slices of Finlandia Swiss and let melt. Then, place on your favorite bun with your favorite accompaniments.

 Thank you to bhgr for my samples used in this review, opinions are honest.  Review by Michelle.
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