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.
Where: Terceira Island, Azores, Portugal
Milk Type: cow (pasteurized)
Rind: washed & wax-coated
Shape: small wheel
Tasting notes: Very mild, rich.