Basiron Pesto Rosso has an Italian name, is made in Holland and is perfect for an Irish celebration (photo courtesy Atalanta Corp).  Kerrygold’s Dubliner is a unique cross between cheddar and parmesan cheeses.  It also is made in a limited edition with Irish stout.
Yesterday we featured a recipe for “Irish Nachos,” made with potatoes. We recommended serving them with a tasting of Irish beers:
Beamish Irish Stout
Guinness Draught, Extra Stout, and Foreign Extra Stout
Murphy’s Irish Red
Murphy’s Irish Stout
O’Hara’s Celtic Stout
O’Hara’s Irish Wheat
Porterhouse Brewing Co. Oyster Stout
Smithwick’s Irish Ale
If you don’t want to cook anything, taste the beers with a platter of Irish-themed cheeses.
Today we feature four brands. Three are Irish—Cahill, Cashel and Kerrygold—but we couldn’t help but recommend our favorite green cheese, made in The Netherlands.
All cheeses Your local cheesemonger may carry them; or look for them online.
All cheeses are made with milk from grass-fed cows, who enjoy a natural life (no hormones).
1. BASIRON PESTO VERDE
This green beauty (photo #1), made green with the addition of basil-garlic pesto, is a a Gouda*-style cheese, made from pasteurized cow’s milk and vegetarian rennet.
It is made in The Netherlands by the Veldhuyzen family, who make other fabulous-flavored Goudas (below).
Breakfast: Green cheese grits or a cheese omelet.
Lunch: Green grilled cheese, ham and cheese, etc.
Happy Hour: With a beer, an Irish whiskey and soda, or a glass of fruity red wine.
Dinner or Snack: On a cheese plate.
Dinner: Gouda fondue; shaved over pasta, potatoes, rice or vegetables; melted over anything; stuffed in a chicken breast.
The line includes Alpine (with herbs from The Alps), Garden Herbs, Garlic, Kummel (caraway), Hot Chili (deep yellow for Halloween), Jalapeño, Mustard, Nettles, Olive Tomato, Pepper, Pesto rosso (a deep orange color for Halloween or Thanksgiving), Smoked Bacon, Sweet Red Pepper, Tricolor, Truffle, Walnut, Wasabi and Wood Garlic!