Some people say French is the language of love. Others argue it’s Italian. We can confirm that it’s actually Spanish; we’re having a passionate affair with Latin Foods Specialties cheeses, and we’re head over heels. Let us introduce you, and don’t worry if you don’t speak the language - a cheese by any other name would taste as delicious.
The softest of the three offerings from Latin Foods, paisa is a smooth, milky flavoured cheese with a slightly elastic-y texture. It has a high melting point so go ahead and grill it! The subtle saltiness of the cheese comes out when grilled, but it will still have a nice, mild flavour. Eat it on tortas (sandwiches) or simply grilled and topped with avocados and spices like red pepper flakes, paprika and garlic.
One of the most popular Mexican cheeses, queso fresco has a beautiful semi firm texture and salty-sour flavour. Like paisa, you can grill queso fresco to highlight its already-tempting flavours. Stuff it in a poblano pepper and add bacon, top your enchiladas or add it to a tropical-style salad.
Translated as “hard cheese,” duro is hard enough to be grated but soft enough to be crumbled with just your hands. You can think of it as a drier version of queso fresco with a feta-like texture. Duro adds a punch of salt to any dish, so make sure you season the food accordingly! Crumble it onto soups, tacos and elotes (grilled corn coated with a mayonnaise sauce and spices).
All three artisanal cheeses are on Stockboy Special in May for $2.99/100g!