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Review: Finlandia New Lacey Swiss Cheese

Where did the summer go?  It went pretty fast despite the intense heat in July.  Labor day is upon us soon and we're heading to a family bbq.  Burgers, brats and hotdogs are on the menu as well as being poolside before the fall weather sets in.

For labor day impress the neighbors by dressing up your burgers with Finlandia cheese.  Finlandia has a new lacey swiss cheese which is low in fat and sodium, yet still tastes so great, guests won’t realize they are being served a healthy alternative.  Did you also know, Finlandia’s entire line is all-natural, lactose-free, and hormone-free.

Find a printable coupon here ($1 off 6oz or more expires 9/22/09 hurry)

Ariane Duarte, Executive Chef of award-winning CulinAriane restaurant and finalist on Bravo’s Top Chef has put together delicious summer recipes using various Finlandia cheeses that are sure to gain the respect of friends and neighbors alike at your readers’ next outdoor shindig.

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 until 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.

Grilled Chicken with Summer Tomatoes and Finlandia Muenster Cheese Serves 6
6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2T olive oil
1T fresh rosemary chopped
1T fresh thyme chopped
1T fresh basil chopped
Salt & pepper
2 Jersey fresh tomatoes
1 package Finlandia Swiss or Light Swiss Cheese Preheat grill to medium high.
Place chicken breasts in a large bowl and add olive oil, herbs, salt and pepper. Let stand for about 10 minutes. While chicken is marinating, slice tomatoes into 4 pieces. Brush with olive oil, salt and pepper and grill for about 1 minute on each side. Remove from grill and set aside. Next, place chicken on the grill and cook for about 4 minutes, turning over to complete the cooking for approximately 4 more minutes. After that, top each of the chicken breasts with a tomato slice, then a piece of cheese. Continue to leave the chicken over the heat only long enough to melt the cheese. Remove immediately, platter and serve.
Ariane says: Finlandia Muenster is the perfect cheese choice for this dish. A mild and creamy, yet full-bodied cheese, it offers the perfect palette to exhibit the trio of fresh herbs featured with the best-of Jersey’s summer produce standout.

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Disclosure: Thank you to Finlandia Cheese for the review opportunity and recipe share.  All opinions are of my own, others opinions may vary. 

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