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Old 02-24-2010, 07:43 AM   #1
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Need to use up VERY sharp Vermont cheddar

And I need to use it up NOW. It's getting "sharper" by the day and I don't want it to go to waste. I am extremely uptight about wasting food, but I can't think of anything to do with it over the next couple of days. It's Tilamook Extra Sharp, about 1/2 lb. left. Usually, I'll find something to inspire me, but I've been looking all morning for something in my files or online and can't think of anything!

I have just about every meat you can imagine in the freezer and a very extensive pantry. Lots of fresh fruit and veg, frozen and canned, grains of all sorts. I can't imagine something I wouldn't have on-hand, so any idea would be fine. I just need to use up this cheese.

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Old 02-24-2010, 07:49 AM   #2
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Stuffed mushrooms. Remove stem and scrape out

the gills, I use white button or crimini, add a dab of dijon mustard, a chunk of cheese to fit and bake in a buttered dish covered at 350 for about 10 - 15 minutes. Just until the cheese is melted and the mushrooms are tender. Sometimes I add a little wine or broth to the pan if the mushrooms are large.

I also like to slice and saute the mushrooms then make a grilled mushroom and cheese sandwich. And the sharper the cheese the better for the sandwich.
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Old 02-24-2010, 07:54 AM   #3
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It does not get much better than a sharp cheddar with slices of apple. It is easy to make and so delicious.
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Old 02-24-2010, 08:02 AM   #4
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Shred it and mix it with a milder cheese, and make a couple of quesadillas for lunch. (Cheese sandwiched between two flour tortillas and then dry-heated in a medium-low heat frying pan until the cheese melts, flipped for a couple of moments, and then, on a cutting board, sliced into wedges like a pizza. It may or may not be served with salsa.) It's like a large Mexican grilled cheese sandwich without the butter.
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Sounds like you could make a very tangy and delicious mac and cheese.
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Old 02-24-2010, 08:24 AM   #6
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It does not get much better than a sharp cheddar with slices of apple. It is easy to make and so delicious.
That's where the other 1/2lb. went. They want something different.
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Quesadillas or mac and cheese. Good ideas. Dh is a diet-controlled Type II diabetic, so I may go for the quesadilla. We haven't had those for a while.
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Just mail it to me. :)
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Old 02-24-2010, 09:03 AM   #9
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What about a lasagna with cheddar and mozza as the cheeses? Seems a waste of a good sharp cheddar though. Can you not freeze it? I would grate it and freeze it grated for use in the future myself. I have bags of grated cheddar in my freezer.
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Old 02-24-2010, 09:34 AM   #10
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Get some crispy crust French or Italian bread. Butter or use evoo on the outside, layer your cheese,thin sliced granny smith apples or even pears,and some proscuitto, put in a press or a skillet with a heavy skillet on top and make paninni's. We serve with a nice green baby greens..
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