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Never sure if starting a review by saying “this is a nice cheese for cooking” is damning with faint praise but, this is a nice cheese for cooking. Castelinhos, from the Azores, is a very, very mild cheese. Slightly nutty and very slightly bitter but very creamy, it’s not exactly boring plain, but it’s shy on  a cheese plate. Take advantage of it’s texture and do something else with it. The folks at Pastoral offer this suggestion, though you could use any less-expensive mild cheese.

Pastoral Cheesy Game Day Dip

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 lb Italian sausage
  • 1 lb Castelinhos cheese
  • 8 oz condensed milk (not sweetened)
  • paprika to taste

Step 1: In a skillet, brown the ground beef and Italian sausage until fully cooked and drain the fat.

Step 2: Melt the cheese in a separate, nonstick saucepan and stir in condensed milk. Stir in drained, cooked meat and season with paprika to taste.

Not much else to say about it really. It’s a washed rind but you’d never know it. Milkd scent, mild taste.


Cheese: Castelinhos

Where: Terceira Island, Azores, Portugal

Milk Type: cow (pasteurized)

Texture: semi-soft

Rind: washed & wax-coated

Shape: small wheel

Tasting notes: Very mild, rich.




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