Sartori Cheese in Plymouth, Wisconsin loves to rub their cheeses with herbs and spices. And I love their cheeses. The Lady, The Man and I have tasted many of them and currently have several wedges in the cheese fridge awaiting our tastings and reviews.
Last night, The Lady pulled our their Asiago Salsa, a delightful aged cheese rubbed in a combination of sun-dried tomatoes, ancho chili peppers, onion, garlic and olive oil. We each had a small wedge for tasting and then The Lady shredded the rest and added it to a chicken quesadilla she had planned for the evening appetizer.
This cheese brought out the dancer in The Man. Neither The Lady nor I knew he knew how to salsa dance… well. as it turns out, he doesn’t… but he tried…
This cheese is nutty and a bit sweet with the hand rub making it a fun, flavored cheese with lots of possibilities.
I give the Sartori Asiago Salsa three Paws out of 4 Paws (cause that’s all I’ve got).
Serving Suggestions: Snacking, it’s a good cheese but as part of a recipe, this flavored cheese becomes a work-horse cheese: put it in quesadillas, melt it over tortilla chips and you’ve got a terrific nacho; in mac n cheese, it’s another winner. So many possibilities… use your imagination.
Wine Pairing: Rioja
Beer Pairing: We consulted with Beer Enthusiast, Mike Wright and he suggested Bud Light… what a surprise…
Source: Pasteurized Cow Milk from Wisconsin.
Warning: This cheese may cause non-trained dancers to take to the ballroom floor… beware… it’s not pretty…