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One Cheese, Five Ways: Marvelous Muenster


Muenster can do more than subs and grilled cheese sandwiches. In contrast with Münster—the French washed rind that inspired this slightly nutty, mild cow’s milk cheese—American muenster gets its signature orange-colored rind from annatto. It’s supremely versatile in the kitchen and can be used as a star ingredient or as a backdrop to bigger flavors. In the recipes ahead, we’ve paired it with parmesan in herbed macaroni and cheese, with pears in a gooey grilled cheese, with rich chorizo in a crispy quesadilla, and more. Pick up a block the next time you’re at the grocery store and let it feed you all week.

1. Muenster, Spinach, and Smoked Ham Quiche

This quiche comes together quickly thanks to frozen pie crust, making it perfect for weeknight dinners or a quick Sunday brunch. Serve with a leafy green salad to counter its richness.

2. Muenster and Chorizo Quesadilla

Spicy, smoky chorizo marries nicely with muenster cheese in this tasty quesadilla. Garnish with tomato salsa, a dollop of sour cream, or just eat it straight up.

3. Pear and Muenster Grilled Cheese

Take grilled cheese to a sweet place with the addition of sliced pear. Tangy whole-grain mustard rounds out the flavors and makes this sandwich substantial enough for dinner.

4. Turkey Burgers with Muenster and Caramelized Onions

Sweet caramelized onions pair nicely with mild muenster in this turkey burger. Melted butter lends some additional fat to lean ground turkey.

5. Herbed Muenster Mac and Cheese with Bacon

Feel free to swap out the sage and/or thyme for your favorite herbs—oregano and basil are good bets.

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