Gouda evening y’all! Today’s cheese is Lamb Chopper Gouda.
Lamb Chopper is a matured, gouda-style cheese produced in the Netherlands and sold under the Cypress Grove Chevre label. The happy result of a partnership between a Dutch cheesemaker and an American cheese icon, Mary Keehn, Lamb Chopper was born to be mild.
Made from pasteurized sheep’s milk, Lamb Chopper is produced in Holland with ewe’s milk from a local dairy, aged for 3-6 months, and imported to the United States by Mary’s company, Cypress Grove Chevre. There, the Lamb Chopper label is imprinted with whimsical image of a lamb decked-out in biker gear riding a motorcycle.
This cheese has an incredible sweet-salty caramel vibe lightly perfumed with fresh vanilla bean with just enough citrus zing to cut through the indulgent richness. Velvety-soft, and buttery on the palate, Lamb Chopper, like most of us, gets nuttier as it ages.
This cheese is a fabulous and versatile cooking cheese. It’s my “go-to” brunch showstopper melted in an omelette with sautéed mushrooms, leeks and tarragon. Or try an ultimate grilled cheese on crusty sourdough with balsamic-pickled onions.
Accompany the cheese with Brown Ale, Porter or wines such as Unoaked Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc or Vouvray.
Here’s a link to Cypress Grove’s website:
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