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Celebrate summer with two delicious recipes that use cheese from Portugal's Azores islands

Bring grass-fed Azores cheese to your table this summer with recipes for a creamy caesar salad and a puff pastry for dessert — balance, right?

Anyone else think that food is the best part about travel? We sure do. And after months of not being able to go further than “another walk around the block,” we’re itching for a taste of something new.

Luckily, we don’t have to go too far to experience the sense of pure happiness that we get from travel — just one bite of Azorean cheese does the trick.

Azores cheese: Enjoy It's From Europe

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Located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, the Azores is an archipelago of nine islands full of nature in its purest state: rolling green pastures, stunning volcanic lakes, animals grazing and swimming freely — OK, OK, showoff, much?

We get it, it’s basically paradise. But what’s even more magnificent than the sightseeing are the culinary delicacies that come from the Azores’s healthy land and livestock.

You won’t be hard-pressed to find content cows munching on grass while you’re out exploring the islands. Here, animals graze 365 days a year — the only spot in Europe where this is possible.

The combination of this free-grazing system, small farms and traditional farming methods creates cheese of the utmost quality that’s full of rich, unforgettable flavour — eating Azorean cheese is more of an experience than something you just consume.

The EU Free Grazing Dairy project (from the Enjoy it’s From Europe Program) aims to bring the best Azorean cheese to Canadians so we can stop daydreaming about gallivanting through the Azores and start snacking.

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From the intense Ilha cheese that pairs wonderfully with red wine or sweet pineapple to the São Jorge DOP cheese with its centuries-old production method, each Azorean cheese is as unique as its island of origin.

Enjoy them on their own, or incorporate them into your cooking this summer with two fun recipes: A creamy caesar salad appetizer and a scrumptious puff pastry for dessert — because, after all, what's a salad without something sweet to follow. 

To start your Azores cheese journey today, head to sayazorescheese.com.

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Two delicious summer recipes using Azores cheese

Caesar salad with São Jorge DOP cheese

Say goodbye to boring side salads with this delicious, creamy caesar salad with São Jorge DOP cheese from the Azores.

Azorean cheese from Portugal's Azores islands | Caesar salad with São Jorge DOP cheese recipe

Serves 2

Cooking time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 garlic cloves
  • Anchovy paste
  • 1 lemon
  • Croutons
  • Dijon mustard
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 chicken steaks
  • Mayonnaise
  • São Jorge DOP cheese
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Salad
  • Olive oil

Method

  1. For the sauce: mix chopped garlic, anchovy paste, lemon juice, croutons, dijon mustard, and Worcestershire sauce — set aside.
  2. Cut chicken steaks into cubes and grill them with some olive oil.
  3. In a bowl, whisk in mayonnaise, grate a portion of São Jorge DOP cheese, salt and pepper.
  4. Add it to the grilled chicken, lemon and fresh salad.
  5. Add sauce to taste.

Pineapple and maple syrup puff pastry with Ilha cheese

Be the dessert hero we all need with this heavenly puff pastry made with Ilha cheese produced in the Azores archipelago.

Pineapple and maple syrup puff pastry with Ilha cheese from the Azores

Serves 3

Preparation time 20 minutes

Cooking time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pineapple
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 3 Tbsp maple syrup
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 lemon
  • Peel of lemon
  • 1 ½ cup Ilha cheese
  • 1 puff pastry base
  • 1 egg yolk

Method

  1. Peel and cut half a pineapple into small cubes; set aside and squeeze lemon juice over.
  2. Put maple syrup in a small saucepan, cover with water and zest with lemon peel.
  3. Remove seeds from vanilla bean, then add seeds and bean to maple syrup.
  4. Bring syrup to a boil, add chopped pineapple, let it reduce and cook for about 30–40 minutes
  5. Mince the remaining pineapple and set aside.
  6. Remove vanilla bean from the pineapple and maple syrup and use a hand blender to mash the pineapple.
  7. Mix in some of the fresh pineapple.
  8. Stretch the puff pastry and cut out small circles.
  9. Place some maple-syrup-pineapple mixture in the centre of the puff pastry circles.
  10. Grate the Ilha cheese and sprinkle on top.
  11. Brush one half of the puff pastry with the beaten egg yolk, and close.
  12. Line baking tray with parchment paper, then lay the puff pastry on top, and brush it with the egg yolk.
  13. Bake for about 15 minutes at 200 C.
  14. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve.
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