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Villarreal predicts that Piadina will soon be a trendy addition for many
retailers and foodservice operators because of its ability to showcase the
melt, quality and tastefulness of the cheeses. He also says that specialty
mac'n'cheese and the ever-popular grilled cheese sandwiches will
continue to trend.
Emmi Roth showcases a pair of its cheeses for use in melting recipes.
"Older cheeses that have aged longer
will still melt, but may not give you
that signature stretch."
Evan Topel, Emmi Roth
"Emmi makes two of the best melting cheeses available, Gruyére and
Raclette," Topel says. "One of the most common applications for gruyére
is in fondue. More acidic than basic, gruyére melts well on its own, and
even better when mixed with wine to make fondue. Raclette, while less
acidic, is relatively young (typically aged anywhere from three to six
months) and high in fat, which also enhances its capability for melting."
Topel notes that melted cheeses like the raclette and fondue have no
shortage of pairing options.
"They pair well with just about anything, especially fresh fruits and
roasted vegetables," he says. "Instore demos can give a chance to try
some of the cheeses firsthand and discover new way to enjoy items
from the fresh food department."
2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes, cut into 1/4-inch slices
1 large shallot, sliced
8 ounces thick-cut bacon, sliced into 1/4-inch strips
1/4 cup sour cream
Salt and black pepper
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Emmi Raclette Cheese
Cornichon pickles, optional
Heat oven to 375°F.
Consider offering apple slices, pears and grapes, as well as roasted
vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower and carrots, which can all be excellent dippers for fondue.
Place potatoes in large pot; cover with cold water. Bring to boil
over high heat; cook 10 minutes. Remove from heat; set aside.
Raclette is particularly delicious when melted over root vegetables,
pickles and cured meats, Topel says.
Cook shallots and bacon in a skillet over medium heat until
bacon is crisp and shallots are softened, about 8 minutes.
In addition to pushing the Piadina and Crescenza-Stracchino pairing,
Villarreal suggests fondue sauce made with Fontina and mixed with
a hot pasta and sautéed mushrooms and asparagus for a quality dish
from the prepared foods department. He also say provolone pizza
topped with freshly sliced tomatoes and fresh basil is a simple, highend product that can spur customer return.
Drain potatoes and return to pot. Pour bacon and shallots (with
bacon grease) over potatoes. Add sour cream and cheese and
gently mix. Season generously with salt and pepper.
"Sliced mild provolone as the cheese for your pizza is overlooked," he
says. "BelGioioso's is aged a minimum of 60 days and has a full flavor
and aroma that adds a touch of authentic flavor to your pizza."
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Transfer mixture to 1 1/2 quart casserole dish. Bake 20 minutes,
or until cheese is melted and slightly browned and potatoes are
Serve with cornichons.