Due to some rather large, unexpected bills this week, Stinky Cheese Tuesday had to be done on the cheap. I was playing with the idea of doing Velveeta and Kraft American Singles, but found some good deals on a couple of awesome cheeses and one crappy cheese.
Starting with the weakest of the bunch, we have Henning’s Cranberry Cinnamon Cheddar. It does not follow through on its promise of cranberry, or cinnamon, or cheddar, even. It is by far, one of the blandest cheeses that I’ve ever tried. I’ve reviewed several other Henning’s cheeses in the past, and they have all really lacked in the cheese department. Some of them have excelled in the supplementary flavors, but their base cheese is just kind of "meh". This cheese continues their tradition of mediocrity. But, it was a rather large slab for about $4.50, so it had that going for it.
Next up is BelGioioso Sharp Provolone. This is one of the best provolones I’ve ever had, and since it is from a rather large creamery in Wisconsin, I found it for $4 per slab. When it says that it’s sharp, it really means it. It will cut you if you’re not careful. It also has just the right amount of moisture to give it a slightly crumbly, slightly grainy texture. This is a great cheese!
Lastly, we have today’s favorite, Jarlsberg! This is an absolutely wonderful cheese that we’ve had several times before, but nobody seems to mind the repeat appearances. It is similar to a Swiss Emmental, but more intense in flavor with a buttery texture. This cheese makes me drool just thinking about it, and the fact that I found it on sale makes it even better.
I hope that you all have a wonderful week, and stay cheesy!