Dad of Divas' Reviews: Say Cheese This Summer!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Say Cheese This Summer!


Say Cheese This Summer

Summer means fun with family and friends and lots of outdoor entertaining, from backyard grilling to pool parties and picnics in the park. Finlandia Cheese, the #1 imported cheese in the country, provides delicious, high quality cheeses with robust flavor, sure to make grilling and sandwich favorites even more delicious this summer season.  Finlandia offers the finest line-up of premium, all-natural, imported and domestic cheeses available. 

This summer, make your burger better with Finlandia Imported Muenster.  This mild, creamy, full-bodied cheese is tangy and slow melting because it is made from the purest milk and aged over 60 days. With over 150 years of master cheese making experience, Finlandia creates expertly crafted, delicious tasting cheeses that are rich, robust and full of flavor.  Finlandia cheeses are also all natural, lactose-free, and hormone-free. 

Finlandia’s array of premium all-natural cheeses are available at your corner deli, your supermarket’s deli department and at club stores. Delicious Finlandia cheeses are available sliced at the service deli counter or pre-sliced in the self service deli section. You can also find Finlandia in chunk sizes perfect for snacking. Finlandia’s line-up includes: Swiss, Light Swiss, Lacey Swiss, Muenster, Gouda, Havarti and Double Gloucester Cheddar and Oltermanni.

“Our biggest fans are our consumers,” says Frank Belfiore, Marketing Director. “They consistently tell us that nothing compares to the taste, quality and flavor of Finlandia cheese.  That is what we strive for.”

From the beach to the ballgame, layer on your favorite cheese slices as the perfect compliment to any sandwich, burger or deli meats. Try some of the recipe ideas below:

The Ultimate Cheeseburger

1 ¼ pounds lean ground beef
1 ¼ cup chopped onion
3 tablespoons ketchup
1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
2 teaspoons prepared mustard
Salt & pepper to taste
Suggested Finlandia Cheese: Swiss, Muenster or Gouda
4 sesame seed buns or hard rolls

Combine lean ground beef with onion, ketchup, horseradish, mustard, salt and pepper.  Gently mix with hands till all ingredients are just blended.  Shape into 4 patties about ½ inch thick. Grill or broil to desired doneness.  Pile high with your favorite Finlandia cheese.

Fresca Crab Panini

2 lbs. king crab leg meat
5 oz. Finlandia Swiss cheese
2 ripe avocados
1 tsp. Old Bay Seasoning
1 tsp. lemon pepper seasoning
3 oz. diced Bermuda onion
1 small Habanero pepper
1 tbsp. diced red peppers
1 tbsp. diced green peppers
1 tbsp. diced yellow peppers
2 oz. alfalfa sprouts
8 leaves red leaf lettuce
16 slices Tuscan bread
Olive oil needed for Panini grill

Blend mayonnaise, Habanero, one avocado and ½ of the Bermuda onion in blender.  Roughly chop crab meat and toss in a mixing bowl with remaining onions, tri-color peppers and avocado mayonnaise.  Chill mixture for 15-20 minutes Lay out slices of Tuscan bread and lightly spray each side with olive oil.  Layer 1 lettuce leaf, 2 slices of Finlandia Swiss cheese, 4 oz. of crab mixture, 3 slices of avocado, 2 slices of Finlandia Swiss cheese, sprouts and top layer of bread.  Toast sandwich on Panini grill for 6 to 8 minutes until bread is toasted well and cheese is melted thought.  Cut in half and serve immediately.

Big Apple Turkey Rye Not
2 Tbs. apple butter
1 Tsp whole grain mustard
2 slices marbled rye bread
¼ cup shredded coleslaw
2 oz. thinly sliced turkey breast
2 oz. sliced Finlandia Swiss Cheese
2 slices red apple

Mix apple butter and mustard. Toast bread, if desired.  Spread apple butter mixture on each slice of bread.  Then layer one slice of bread with coleslaw, turkey, Finlandia Swiss and apple slices.  Top with remaining bread slice.
Serves 1 sandwich

The Dakota
Chunky California Chicken Salad (chicken salad prepared with
 mayo, raisins, almonds and dried cranberries)
Crisp bacon slices
Finlandia Swiss cheese
Submarine sandwich roll

Pile Chunky California Chicken Salad on a sub roll.  Top with generous slices of crisp bacon and smother with Finlandia Swiss. Grill sandwich in pan or in the oven until cheese melts. Serve.
Makes 1 sandwich

About Finlandia Cheese, Inc.
Finlandia Cheese, Inc. is a division of Valio USA, a subsidiary of Valio, Ltd., Finland’s largest food company and one of the most dominant forces in the global dairy industry. Headquartered in Parsippany, New Jersey, Finlandia Cheese is the number one imported cheese brand in America. All Finlandia imported cheese is made in Finland from the purest milk in Europe with no added hormones Mike comes from small dairy farms where the average farms has 20 cows and are treated humanely with regular health screenings. There is also a fully integrated hygienic program in place including milk processing and delivering The company’s cheeses are distributed to fine supermarkets, delis and club stores nationwide. For more information on Finlandia and its products, visit

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