I have a new cheese to recommend! The name of it is Hirten and the company who makes it is Rosenborg Castello. I am starting to see it in all of my stores and today was the first time I got a chance to taste it. Delicious! It reminds me a little bit of one of my favorite cheeses called Parrano. I would describe it as a cross between Parmesan Reggiano and an aged Gouda.
Hirten is a cow’s milk cheese from the Bavarian Alps region in Germany. The cows are raised on small mountain farms in the Alps. Each farm is at least 2,625 feet above sea level, and has fewer than 20 cows. I love that. Can’t you just picture it? It’s what make the difference in a truly flavorful cheese. Happy cows, produce happy milk, which makes for a happy and delicious cheese!!
Hirten is aged for 9 months and has a rich yellow/orange color and a crumbly, dry texture. This cheese has the crunchy protein crystals that I love so much. Almost like mini bursts of flavor and I think the sign of a well aged cheese. It has a rich, sharp, complex taste that I would describe as a slightly sweet caramel taste and the manufacturer says it has a a hint of pine. I don’t think my palate if refined enough yet to detect the “pine” but I will keep that in mind each time I taste it!
Serving ideas for Hirten would be to pair it with a lager beer, or serve with a full-bodied red wine. If white wine is preferred, serve with a white Bourgogne or Sauvignon Blanc.
So there you have it. A new cheese to nibble with your favorite glass of wine or an ice cold beer. I am already looking forward to the weekend and it’s only Monday!