February 11, 2012...8:01 pm

If Gouda and Parmesan, You Know.

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Well if they did, Robusto is what you would get.

I’ve eaten plenty of cheese in my day, but somehow I had never come across Robusto–or at least not that I can remember. I didn’t know what I was missing until I was walking by the cheese counter at Whole Foods and literally smelled it. I wound through the store sniffing like a crazy person until I found the right stack. And what I had first thought was aged Parmesan was in fact a pile of fragrant yellow wedges stacked on a barrel–some beautiful Robusto.

Here’s why you have to try it, if you haven’t. This Danish cheese has the pungent, nutty flavor of aged Parmesan that you usually find only in hard cheese. But because it’s softer, almost like Gouda, it melts better.

And best of all? It’s regularly on sale for $6.99 a pound and you really don’t need much of it.

To test my theory (that it’s the perfect all-purpose condiment) carefully I’ve been putting in on everything this week, and I’m only slightly exaggerating. Robusto is amazing on tomato soup. But so far my favorite? Slightly melted over Black Forest bacon–on top of a burger, of course. It was also amazing on pasta with some leftover sauce Amatriciana, tomato sauce with onions, bacon and wine.

And if you were wondering, I found that it’s also good on it’s own (well, with wine). Something full bodied works works best, so you may also want to settle in with a baguette, some fruit and have it with say, a Syrah or a bigger Italian wine (like a hefty Super Tuscan) and just make a night of it.

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