Do you enjoy sampling new foods at the grocery store? There are times when you will find something completely unexpected. That’s what happened to me when I sampled cheeses from the Heartland Creamery.
Heartland Creamery is located in the small, Northeast Missouri town of Newark. They provide jobs for folks that traditionally have difficulty getting and holding a job. If you live in the Midwest, you are truly blessed to have access to this cheese. Sold in Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, and Nebraska, at selected stores, these cheeses are made the old fashioned way. There are no added hormones . Their goats and cows are kept at a dairy down the road from the creamery. Freshness is ensured!
French-style chevre, a soft spreadable cheese comes in several different flavors. When the women giving samples told me it was a dessert cheese, I was skeptical. Too often, when I have goat cheese, it goes beyond boldly flavored. However, this cheese, even the plain chevre, was subtle and smooth. It is delicious as an open-faced sandwich on small sourdough rounds or crackers. There is an herb flavored chevre. Also, two sweet offerings, Cranberry Pecan and Honey Almond, would make lovely tea sandwiches.
Heartland Creamery has cheddar-style cheese. They use milk from goats and cows to create these cheeses. The goats are mainly Saanen goats. Milk from Holstein and Jersey cows is used to make the cheddar-style cheese. They do not use the hormones rbST or rbGH. These cheddar-style cheeses have a six-month shelf life. Both types are fully flavored and an excellent choice for making sandwiches.
Gouda cheese also comes in the cow’s milk and goat's milk varieties. There are several plain Gouda cheeses. Then, there is Brimstone, perhaps the best hot cheese that I ever tasted. Flavored with both jalapeno and habenero peppers, it has a heat that sneaks up on you and leaves a long-lasting, pleasant tingle.
A great cheese deserves an amazing bread to showcase it. This week I am recommending LaBrea Bakery’s (Van Nuys, California) fabulous Whole Grain Bread. This is one of my all-time favorites. It has a crusty exterior and the crumb is tasty and chewy. Made from unbleached flour, whole wheat, rye, millet, flax, triticale, corn, brown rice, soybeans, flax, and sunflower seeds, this bread makes a dandy sandwich. Slice it about a quarter of an inch thick, and add your favorite fillings. This is truly fabulous bread for sandwiches.
Gouda and Chicken Sandwich on Whole Grain Bread Recipe
1/4 cup thinly sliced Vidalia onion shreds
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon sugar
2 slices of LaBrea Bakery’s Whole Grain Bread-sliced about 1/4 inch thick. (You may substitute your favorite artisan bread.)
Heartland Creamery’s Gouda sliced to cover the bread (You may use your favorite cheese.)
Rotisserie chicken sliced 1/8 inch thick to cover the bread
Butter lettuce-leaves washed and dried
Thinly sliced tomato
In a small cup or bowl, combine the onion shreds with the balsamic vinegar and sugar. Stir well to coat the onion shreds and set the bowl aside.
On a microwaveable plate, place one piece of the bread. Cover it with cheese. Microwave until the cheese just starts to melt. If you enjoy warm chicken, microwave it, too. Be careful not to over microwave the bread and chicken. Bread gets tough and chicken becomes dry.
On the other piece of bread, spread mayonnaise. Cover it with the butter lettuce. Add the tomato on top of the lettuce. Drain the vinegar mixture off of the onions and place the onions on top of the tomato. Place the chicken on the onions. Cover with the bread and cheese. Press down lightly.
This sandwich pairs well with:
Easy Low Carb Spinach Recipe
Broccoli Salad Recipe
Spinach Mushroom Creamy Soup Recipe
Both Heartland Creamery and LaBrea Bakery have websites. To help you find their products, they have store locators on the websites. If you don’t live in the Midwest near a store with Heartland Creamery cheese, you might try ordering a gift basket from the Heartland Creamery online store. I purchased both the cheese and the bread at my local Costco store.
Let us know what you do with your favorite cheeses and breads. Post your sandwich adventures in the BellaOnline Sandwiches Forum. We’ll look forward to hearing from you!
When I mention products by brand name, these are the ones that I use. I have not received free products from the manufacturers, nor have I been paid to mention the products by name.
To learn more about the jobs in Northeast Missouri that Heartland Creamery has developed to help jobless people and those recovering from addictions, go to http://www.sharpeholdingsinc.com/dairy.html