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Table cheese refers to any cheese that can be served as an accompaniment all by itself and also be a part of salads, appetizers etc on the table. It can be part of the main course also. Table cheeses go very well with wines, matched according to the flavour of each. They may be soft cheeses like Feta, fontina etc or semi soft to hard cheese like Gouda, pecorino etc. Whatever is on your table as an appetizer or main meal, add a slice of table cheese. Feta is one of the ultimate "table cheese," meaning it can go on the table before you even start thinking about a meal, and stay there to accompany each course, even dessert fruits.
Grated table cheese To grate table cheese, rub it against a grater. These shreds will range in size according to size of the holes in the grater. It can be grated thinly or thickly using a grater as required by the recipe.
How to Select
They are available in most supermarkets as a solid block packed in brine, or cut into big chunks. It is sold in many degrees of firmness, ranging from soft and crumbly to semi hard to hard. Cheeses like emmenthal, feta, and gorgonzola. Asiago, pecorinos are few classic favourite table cheeses and you may look for them in supermarkets.
· They are usually distinctly flavored cheese which may be sliced, grated and used in recipes. Most commonly, they are used in appetizers.
· Its use in preparing and serving Greek food is almost as imperative as the use of olive oil.
· It can be used in most recipes that call for cheese: vegetable and fruit salads, filled pies, as a topping for or ingredient in cooked rice and tomato-based pastas, as a filling for omelets, in sandwiches, and elsewhere.
· Start with a baked potato, cut it open, sprinkle with pepper and oregano, drizzle with olive oil, and then add a crumbled table cheese topping.
· Eat it as an accompaniment to watermelon. It's delicious!
How to Store
It should be kept away from exposure to air which will cause it to dry, and will cause the taste to sharpen or sour. It is often sold in blocks packed in a brine solution (heavily salted water). It can be kept refrigerated, covered with the brine, for quite a long time. Seal tightly and store.