Wisconsins Best Recipes

Squeaky Cheese Curds 101

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Cheese fanatics would definitely agree that cheese curds are undeniably irresistible. Even non-cheese lovers agree that this mild cheddar is deliciously addictive. One taste is enough to crave for the signature squeak. The cheesy goodness can be enjoyed either fresh or fried. Here’s a quick trivia about your favorite squeaky cheese curds.

Cheese curds are by products of cheddar. They are made of fresh, immature cheddar cheese. The solid, milky cheese curd is left behind from the whey during the cheese-making process. The flavor is milder than other cheese and come in many varieties. Though, they have the same level of thickness with cheddar.

Did you know that the cheese curds have their distinct sound when eaten? The squeaky sound comes from the rubbing of elastic protein components against the enamel of the teeth. A squeaky cheese curd means that it is still fresh. Unlike traditional blocks of cheese which are left to age, curds are made less than two days ago.

Cheese curds come in many flavors. They can be whitish, yellowish, or orangey in color. Ideally, they have to be eaten within twelve hours. Beyond that, cheese curds will begin to lose the squeaky sound. Thus, it is recommended to eat the curds the same day they are produced. They can be stored in the refrigerator for months to retain the optimal freshness and squeakiness.

Left over curds can be microwaved for a few seconds to restore the squeaking feature when eaten. The best thing about these yummy little morsels is that they can be served directly or deep-fried. Thus, squeaky cheese curds are perfect appetizers. Below are suggested ways to serve squeaky cheese:

  • Battered cheese curds that are fried to a crispy golden brown are certainly addictive snacks. They are said to be traditionally adapted from Wisconsin. This way of serving is similar to serving mozzarella cheese sticks. Nowadays, this serving suggestion is becoming prevalent in the northeast and Midwest part of the U.S.
  • Squeaky cheese can also be eaten with French fries topped with light brown gravy. This is popularly known as poutine, a French-Canadian delicacy.
  • Melted cheese curds can also be used as a tortilla chips dip. You can just mix your desired hot sauce with plain curds and melt them. Voila! Your dipping is ready. Or you can simply enjoy these squeaky curds with crackers.
  • Another way of eating cheese curd is mixing it with your favorite salad. Fresh cheese curds can be used as salad topping. This goes to show plain curds remain to be everyone’s preference.
  • Cheddar cheese curds can also be added to soup. A hearty soup is perfect combination on a cold weather.

You now have everything you need to know about these appetizing goodies. The next time you nibble on cheese curds, you will definitely appreciate why they are considered one of cheese’s best kept secrets.

Wisconsins Best Recipes

Cheesy Valentine’s Day Recipes

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Valentine’s Day is just a few days away. Surprise your significant other to an intimate Valentine’s dinner for two at home. Instead of dining out, stay at home and cook a romantic, candle lit dinner. Not only will you be able to avoid the restaurant rush but you will surely impress your sweetheart. Here’s one of the delicious cheese recipes ideas you’ll certainly fall head over heels for.

Cheddar Baked Chicken

Ingredients:

1/4 cup butter, melted

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 egg

1 tablespoon milk

1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

1/2 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs

1 cup crispy rice cereal

3 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves – cut in half

2 tablespoons butter, melted

Direction:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Coat a medium baking dish with 1/4 cup melted butter.
  2. In a bowl, mix the flour, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. In a separate bowl, beat together the egg and milk. In a third bowl, mix the cheese, bread crumbs, cereal. Dredge chicken pieces in the flour mixture, dip in the egg mixture, then press in the breadcrumb mixture to coat. Arrange in the prepared baking dish. Drizzle 2 tablespoons butter evenly over chicken.
  3. Bake 35 minutes in the preheated oven, or until coating is golden brown and chicken juices run clear.

Source: http://allrecipes.com

To keep the food moist and evenly cooked, use an aluminum foil. This will also make the cleaning stress-free afterwards. This is one of the quickest and easiest recipe to prepare. This meal goes perfectly well with red wine particularly the Cabernet Sauvignon. The blending of flavors makes it a tasty treat for you and your loved one.

The best thing about cheese is its versatility to be used in sweet and savory dishes. Enhance the evening by prepping a sumptuous dessert guaranteed to satisfy your partner’s sweet tooth. Here’s another delicious cheddar cheese dessert recipe to warm up the sweet, romantic Valentine evening. The savory cheesy flavored crust is a delightful way to compliment the tart apple filling.

Deep-Dish Apple Pie with Cheddar Crust

Ingredients:

Crust

2 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup chilled solid vegetable shortening, cut into pieces

6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

6 ounces extra-sharp cheddar cheese, coarsely shredded

2/3 cup (about) ice water

Filling

4 pounds Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, thinly sliced

2/3 cup raisins

1/2 cup (packed) golden brown sugar

1/3 cup plus 2 teaspoons sugar

3 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

1 egg, beaten to blend with 1 tablespoon water (for glaze)

Direction:

For crust:

  1. Blend flour and salt in processor. Add shortening and butter and cut in using several on/off turns. Add cheese and cut in until shortening and butter resemble small peas. With machine running, gradually blend in enough water until soft moist clumps form. Gather dough into ball; flatten into disk. Wrap in plastic and chill at least 2 hours and up to 2 days.

For fruit filling:

  1. Mix apples, raisins, brown sugar, 1/3 cup sugar, flour, lemon juice and spices in large bowl. Let stand 30 minutes at room temperature.
  2. Preheat oven to 400°F. Remove dough from refrigerator and let stand 15 minutes. Spoon fruit and any accumulated juices into 13×9-inch oval baking dish. Dot fruit with 3 tablespoons butter.
  3. Roll out dough on floured surface to oval about 1/2 inch larger than baking dish. Fold in 1/2 inch of edge to form double-thick border; crimp. Cut out 1-inch-wide hole from center of crust. Using tart pan bottom as aid, lift dough and place atop fruit. Tuck in dough around edges.
  4. Bake pie 15 minutes. Brush crust with egg glaze. Top with 2 teaspoons sugar. Reduce oven temperature to 375°F. Bake pastry until golden, about 35 minutes. Cool on rack 15 minutes. Serve warm.

Source: http://www.epicurious.com

Celebrate love with these decadent meal ideas. Not only will you impress your significant other with your cooking skills, it will also pave way for both of you to become more romantic and intimate with each other.

Best of Wisconsin Sausage

Sausages: To Eat or Not to Eat?

 

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Nowadays, people are very much conscious when it comes to what they eat. This is possibly attributed to recent news evolving around cancer-causing food. Part of the food groups that have been linked to bad press exposure is eating meat, particularly processed meat.

According to a survey conducted by NatCen Social Research in 2016, three in ten British consumers have cut back on the amount of meat they consume in the past 12 months. This leads us to a controversial question. Are sausages good for you? Are there health benefits when you eat your favorite sausage? Below are top three reasons not to eliminate sausages in your breakfast menu.

  1. Sausages are primary sources of high organic protein.

The sausage protein is directly absorbed by the body. In addition, sausages comprise of all essential amino acids. They are responsible in promoting muscle and cell growth. Each serving delivers high satiety value due to its high protein and fat content. Moreover, several researches reveal that protein-rich intake during breakfast aids in controlling sugar craving prior to eating lunch. It also helps in limiting the calorie consumption during lunch. Thus, you will less likely crave for “junk” food.

Majority of the sausages also contain amino acids such as tryptophan and serotonin. These acids are recognized as mood enhancers. To start your day on a positive note, eat breakfast sausage. This explicates why sausage is more beneficial when eaten as an early morning meal.

  1. Sausages provide vitamin B-12.

Vitamin B-12 is a nutrient that ensures healthy red blood cells. The body thrives to make hemoglobin, a protein needed by the blood to transport oxygen all over the body. It also plays a significant role in the brain’s function. In addition, eating the recommended dietary sausage serving protects the body from nerve damage. Lastly, adequate consumption of food rich in vitamin B-12 aids in the fat and protein metabolization.

  1. Sausages contain iron and potassium.

Iron is another important mineral needed to produce hemoglobin. Beneficially, sausages are rich in iron. Ample consumption of food rich in iron guarantees that your body can make sufficient amount of hemoglobin to maintain red blood cell function.

Another mineral found in sausages is potassium. It is responsible in the body’s regulation of blood pressure and maintenance of fluid balance. Potassium also helps in the regular function of the digestive system. Finally, it also allows smooth contraction of the muscles.

Although sausages are difficult to resist, keep in mind that too much consumption on a daily basis is bad for your health. One does not have to avoid the good taste of sausage. But you can limit how much you eat. Having it for breakfast once or twice a week is ideal. Opt to buy sausages with low fat and low sodium variety. You can also pair sausages with other fiber-rich foods such as whole grain breads and breakfast salads. By practicing restraint and proper diet, you can benefit from the food’s essential nutrients without risking your health.

Wisconsins Best Recipes

Homemade Baked Tater Tots

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Servings: 32 tater tots

INGREDIENTS:
1 1/2 pounds russet potatoes
1/3 cup Wisconsin pepper jack cheese, shredded
2 tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon seasoning salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Cooking spray
1 cup Wisconsin sharp cheddar cold pack cheese (or your favorite flavor)
2 ounces cream cheese

COOKING DIRECTIONS:
Heat oven to 450°F. Prick potatoes all over with fork. Wrap in a damp paper towel and place on microwave-safe plate. Microwave 2 minutes, turn over and microwave 2 minutes more, or until potatoes are just beginning to soften. Allow to cool slightly.

Carefully peel potatoes, then shred into a medium bowl. Add pepper jack, flour, garlic powder, seasoning salt and pepper; mix well. Line baking sheet with foil and spray well with olive oil or cooking spray, or line with parchment. Use a tablespoon scoop to form tots and place on prepared pan.

Bake tater tots 20-25 minutes or until browned and crisp, turning frequently during baking.

Meanwhile in microwave-safe dish, heat cold pack and cream cheese in 30-second intervals, stirring after each, until warm and smooth. Serve with tater tots for dipping.

Wisconsins Best Recipes

Double Corn Cornbread with Honey Butter

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Servings: 8

INGREDIENTS:
For Cornbread:
1 cup yellow corn meal
1 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 stick (1/4 cup) butter, melted and cooled
1 cup frozen whole kernel corn, thawed

For Honey Butter:
1/2 stick (1/4 cup) butter, softened
2 tablespoons honey

COOKING DIRECTIONS:
In a large bowl, combine corn meal, flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt; mix well. In a medium bowl, beat eggs. Add buttermilk and melted butter; mix well. Add to dry ingredients, mixing just until dry ingredients are moistened. Fold in corn.

Spread batter in a buttered 8 or 9 inch square baking pan. Bake in a 400°F oven for about 25 minutes for a 9 inch pan or about 30 minutes for an 8-inch pan or until golden brown and wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.

For honey butter: Combine softened butter and honey. Cut corn bread into squares. Serve warm or at room temperature with honey butter.

About Us

Best of Wisconsin Shop

Best of Wisconsin Shop is located in Oregon, Wisconsin. We are a privately held growing family company that has a mission to bring quality Wisconsin Cheese and Sausage products to customers throughout the United States.

Our mission is to make our customers the best quality cheese and sausage products for them to enjoy. All of our products are made with quality precision to insure you received the finest and most consistently great cheese and sausage every time you purchase one of our creamy, aged or smoked cheese and sausages.

We are unique in what we offer as we combine Wisconsin Cheese and Sausage packages. You can purchase our famous Wisconsin Cheese Curds, our naturally smoked sausages, maybe our combination of smoked summer sausage with jalapeno peppers or one of our great cheese and sausage gift boxes.

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