We have found an excellent new cheese to add to our favorites list; Robusto. It was a chance encounter which is the way we find most new cheeses to try. It was a simple stroll through Whole Foods when I ran into a display with large wheels of this cheese. Normally I would have strolled by, but it was lunch time and there was a sample tempting me to try it. I grabbed a sample and WOW this was great. A nutty flavor with Parmesan flair and a bit of cheddar but soft. It got my attention and a slab was in the basket.
At home we found this to be great cubed or sliced for the cheese platter and a great compliment to a medium bodied glass of red wine. I see promise for it in a future mix of cheeses for a fondue. I was also surprised to find out that this is a Dutch cheese.
Next time you are hovering around the cheese counter ask if they have it. You will not regret it. If you figure out where the bit of crunch comes from send me a note. It adds a bit of flair to the cheese.