It’s always a cause for celebration when the farm comes out with new cheese options. When I first joined the CSA, the cheese they were making was delicious, but there were far fewer varieties than are available today. I’ve watched and delighted as smoked cheddar, smoked feta, clothbound cheddar, maasdam, mozzarella, gouda, and jalapeno cheddar have become fast favorites among Brookford fans. This variety helps customers source more food locally while increasing the options for what we can do in our kitchens. I didn’t really think it was possible to get even more excited about the cheeses that are available to me each week, and then the farm went and created a queso fresco and Dudley’s Dance. These two new cheeses are seriously delicious, and I’m immediately wondering how we ever survived without them. If you haven’t tried them yet, here’s what they’re all about:
About: Dudley's Dance is a semi-hard cheese with the sweet taste of Swiss and the thick creaminess we have all come to love in Brookford cheeses. Named after Dudley, a well-known, 80 year old Contra dance caller and Brookford Farm Milker who has an unwavering love for Brookford Farm.
Flavor and texture profile: This is an incredibly smooth and velvety cheese. The heavenly texture can’t be overstated; it is irresistible. It is thick and creamy, with a well balanced sharpness in the finish.
How to enjoy: Dudley’s Dance is wonderful on it’s own or as part of a cheese platter. It pairs very nicely with sliced apples and pears, and is decadent melted on garlic toast. It’s a great match for white wine or any crisp beer.
About: Queso Fresco is a fresh, bright cheese with a mild milky taste. Perfect over nachos or you can replace feta with Queso Fresco in your favorite recipes for a lighter, creamier texture.
Flavor and texture profile: This is an excellent and versatile cheese. It is wonderfully mild with a bright but gentle saltiness. The texture is delicate and light, with an unmistakable freshness.
How to enjoy: Queso fresco can be crumbled over enchiladas, used as stuffing for chile rellenos, or made into a decadent dipping sauce. The gentle nature of this cheese makes it an excellent counterpart for all spicy dishes.