The first award came at the American Cheese Society Competition in Austin, Texas taking home a 2nd Place in the American Made/International Style Category. This award joins a wall filled with awards this cheese has won including Best of Class this past March at the U.S. Championship Cheese Competition (Swiss style Category).
However, all of these awards pale in comparison to its second August (august also) award coming today out of Portland, Oregon.
Portland’s Favorite Feline Foodie (that would be me) has sampled and reviewed more than one hundred cheeses over the last year and today begins rolling out the winners of the “Feline Foodie Cheese Awards” beginning with Roth Kase Petite Swiss.
Regular Swiss-style cheese is the preferred cheese for most mus musculus. I have discovered that the everyday mus musculus hanging out in the wooded area near the manse prefers Roth Kase Petite Swiss by a wide margin of 10 to 1. This sweet and nutty cheese makes those critters swoon and dive for the traps I set to catch them.
It is therefore, with supreme enthusiasm, I name Roth Kase Petite Swiss:
Best of Class – Bait Cheese – Cow’s Milk Category
Humankinds, especially the two that live with me, also enjoy this versatile cheese. The Lady, in particular, knows quite a bit about the cheeses made by Roth Kase USA. You may recall, she traveled to Wisconsin this past April and made cheese at the Roth Kase Monroe plant with Bob, her favorite Licensed Cheesemaker. Although Petite Swiss was not one of the cheeses she had the honor to help make (she made Gruyere Grand Cru and Grand Queso – both award-winning cheeses also), after tasting it on the cheese plate at the Roth Kase luncheon, it quickly became her “everyday” Swiss – a superior cheese that is affordable for everyday use.
This feline foodie gives the Award-winning Roth Kase Petite Swiss 4 Paws out of 4 Paws (cause that’s all I’ve got).
There isn’t much you can’t do with this cheese, including catching all kinds of pesky, yet tasty, creatures that wander near the manse. You can pair it with a variety of Boar’s Head Hams to make more than a traditional Ham n Swiss Cheese Sandwich; straight-up or grilled. You can add it to omelets; you can use it as one of the basic cheeses, along with Gruyere, to make a superior fondue. You can add it to your cheese board with apples, pears and nuts. You can sit around and munch it by itself.
In honor of this cheese hailing from Wisconsin, I decided to pair it with local libations:
Wine Pairing: Red Oak Vineyard Award-Winning Chardonnay
Beer Pairing: Leinenkugel’s Oktoberfest
Source: Wisconsin Cow’s Milk
Awards: Best of Class: Best Bait Cheese – 2009 Portland Feline Foodie Cheese Awards and a bunch of other, but lesser, awards.
Please note: A complete list of 2009 Feline Foodie Cheese Awards will be issued via a press release in the next ten days. Stay tuned to see what cheese takes home the Coveted Best of Show Award…