Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Have You Tried...Queso Fresco?

Queso Fresco is a semi soft cheese of Spanish / Hispanic origin - similar in texture to combination of fresh mozzarella and a goat cheese. It is smooth with a definite whole milk flavor, moist, and moderately salty. It is easily cut with a knife and like fresh mozzarella, has a lot of "give" to it - it is springy and easily dented.

In my quest to think out of the box for new breakfast, lunch, and mini-meals, I've come upon cheese and crackers as a satisfying, filling choice. Paired with Wasa Multigrain bread crisps, the Queso Fresco is front and center. Not a lot is needed - and the moist, creamy cheese is perfect against a hearty, crispy cracker. Just add a piece of fruit to your cheese and cracker - and you've got a filling, balanced meal.

Make sure to look at your cheese's ingredients and pick a brand that doesn't have preservatives or unusual ingredients. The only thing in your cheese should be milk, salt, and enzymes. Of course, an organic source is best. Queso Fresco is available in most stores as both a small wheel of cheese, or as crumbles.