Break Fast with Cheese

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Tamar Genger MA, RD
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Pecorino Baked Penne

Typical breakfast fare includes bagels, lox, cream cheese, maybe a few quiches and maybe a baked ziti or pasta salad.  Sometimes you want to try something new, but it has to be easy and something you can make ahead.  So I got together with The Cheese Guy and came up with a few new recipes for you.

the cheese guy cave

The Cheese Guy, also known as Brent Delman, happens to be a neighbor of mine and I love his enthusiasm for all things cheese.  I recently was able to visit his cheese cave, where he has wheels of cheese shipped in from Italy aging to his exacting standards.  It was quite a site to see (and yes, I got to taste as well).   The Cheese Guy is known around the world for high-end, small batch, artisanal, kosher cheeses – with many organic and low-fat varieties available.

kosher spicy cheese

His products range from local cheddars and jacks to imported Italian specialties.  He shared his new line of spicy cheeses, Jalapeno, Habanero and Chipotle. Even though spicy is not typically on a break fast menu, my Habanero Cheesy Grits and Chiptole Cheese Stuffed Fish are spice-tacular!

Pecorino Baked Penne

Pecorino Baked Penne

For break fast, I am focusing on The Cheese Guy’s exclusive line of Italian cheeses.  He recently got a shipment of Pecorino Sardo from Italy that he is aging in Westchester County, New York, so he is calling it the Saw Mill River Pecorino.  It is younger than his Pecorino Romano so it is quite  a bit softer, but it still has the familiar nutty flavor I love.  It melts well and I used it to make this Penne Pecorino Pasta that would be a perfect side that you can prepare the day before and reheat just before serving.  I topped it with a little grated Pecorino Romano – just for the fun of trying two Pecorinos in one dish.

Asiago No Knead Bread

Asiago No Knead Bread

When I looked at The Cheese Guy’s Asiago cheese, I adapted my regular “no-knead” bread recipe and turned it into the most unbelievable Asiago bread.  Filled with gooey cheese, tons of flavor and really perfect.  Like a grilled cheese baked inside a loaf of bread, it would be delicious with sliced tomatoes or dipped in a tomato soup, or just eaten on its own, lightly toasted so you can taste a little melt in your mouth.

I hope you enjoy these recipes.  Learn more about The Cheese Guy and his selection of Kosher cheeses by clicking here and share your cheesy recipes and comments below.  Then enter to WIN!!

***Giveaway*** The Cheese Guy is giving away a basket of cheeses especially for you!!  The Cheese Guy has many Chalav Yisroel cheeses too, so we can tailor the basket to the winner's needs. (approximate retail value $50).


Disclosure: This post was sponsored by The Cheese Guy, all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.