26 March 2008

A hunk-a-stout-a cheesy love

Every once in a while something so bizarrely beautiful stops me in my tracks.

While in the SwankyFooderie, just prior to joining the queue that led me down the bread bunny path, I was snooping about for a nice bit of cheese. I'd already settled on some Stilton and Roquefort, but I wanted something that would go with the beef and Guinness stew I planned for St. Patrick's day.

Normally I'd have gone for a nice old cheddar, but this hunk-a-stout-a cheesy love caught my eye. I'd never heard of Guinness Cheddar before, but its terrazzo-like appearance was all I needed to add it to my growing armload of treasures. Besides, what's a little more Guinness to the stew?

Well...if I had remembered to put it in, I'm sure it would have been wonderful...but my sieve-like memory left the lovely hunk of Irish goodness in my drawer. Now, would I forget about Jonathan Rhys Meyers or Bono or Ciarán Hinds? No. Nonononononononono.

But forget it, I did...until I cobbled together tonight's supper--a simple sandwich made with deli-sliced Angus roast beef with sautéed garlicky mushrooms and onions (with a bit of instant beef broth, in lieu of a proper gravy or jus) on a nice soft roll. The only thing that was missing was a bit of cheese...and then I remembered the the hunkahunka.

Because I really, really like Guinness and I really, really like cheese, I was worried that this would be one of those things that was better left in the concept stage...Boy, was I wrong. For me, it works--and nicely--but it won't be everyone's pint of pleasure. It's a crumbly cheese that easily breaks off into barley-laced little hunks of cheddary goodness--which makes it great of sneaking little snacky pieces and crumbling some in a nice beefy stew or soup.

Before it disappears in the name of "just a little snack" I must see what sort of yummy goodness can be had with it...

cheers!
jasmine


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10 comments:

Annemarie said...

I would have most certainly bought some of that too. Looks garishly attractive. I'd love a bit of that on toast with some butter and marmite...

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

snif...I had a chunk of that in my hands yesterday and came so close ...
Now I must go back and give it a go, might need to pick up a Guinness too!

Kalyn said...

Sounds very interesting.

Breadchick said...

Once again we are on the same wave length!

I think I'd like to sit down in my comfy chair with a hunk of dark chocolate, a hunk of this cheese and bit of soda bread and then a hunk of either Ciaran Hinds or Gabriel Byrne ;-)

I'm going cheese shopping this weekend and just put this on the "look into" list.

glamah16 said...

Yummm, Thats a hearty cheese. And that sandwhich for dinner sounds like just the ticket!

Sara said...

I'm not sure if I would like that cheese, but wow, isn't it gorgeous.

Gigi said...

I bet on a dark rye this cheese would make an awesome grilled cheese sandwich. What time should I arrive for lunch?

Gretchen Noelle said...

Sounds like beer & cheese bread - without the bread. Yummy!

Fearless Kitchen said...

I picked some of this up a long time ago and I haven't seen it since.... it really was delicious, and I love the way you used it!

jasmine said...

Hello all

Thanks for your comments. The cheese was a very happy find...

j