Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Kalyn's Kitchen Picks: My Favorite Feta Cheese

Kalyn's Kitchen Picks is where I tell you about food products I fall in love with, and this particular Feta cheese is a food item I've been seeing exclusively for a long time. I love Feta cheese in general, but this Valbreso French sheeps milk Feta is my hands-down favorite. Of course, I buy it at my beloved Costco, where this large block sells for $4.99 USD in Utah. (Can you see why I adore Costco.)

If you're not familiar with Feta, Wikipedia has a good description of this type of Greek cheese. Of course, it's an essential ingredient in Greek Salad, one of my all-time favorite dishes. Admittedly, I might not be able to use up such a huge block of Feta if I didn't have the FoodSaver, which vaccuum packs the cheese so it will stay good in the fridge for months and months. Of course, at my house it will never last that long.

One of the latest things I've loved lately with Feta is this Green Bean Salad with Hearts of Palm, Olives, Red Pepper, and Feta. I'm also a long time fan of American Greek Salad, which is simply Greek Salad with lettuce. Truly, there's no end to the good tasting things you can make with Feta.

Get Some Feta Cheese and Make Something Yummy!
(Recipes from other blogs may not be South Beach friendly, check ingredients.)Cucumber, Onion, and Parsley Salad
Sausage, Mushrooms, and Feta with Eggs
Spinach Salad Recipe with Bacon and Feta
Grilled Asparagus Roasted with Feta Cheese from Nami Nami
Spinach and Feta Turnovers from Pinch My Salt
Puy Lentil Salad with Feta from Gluten-Free By The Bay
Feta, Olive, and Onion Pizza from Just Hungry
Cheese Pie from The Kitchen Pantry
Red Pepper and Feta Cheese Pinwheel Scones from Winos and Foodies
Fancy Baked Mac & Feta Cheese from Almost Turkish Recipes
Carmelized Onion and Spinach Stuffed Pizza Pie from Baking and Books
Roast Vegetable Pasta Dish from Everybody Loves Sandwiches
Braised Red Baby Onions from Delicious Days
Greek Stuffed Tomatoes from What's For Lunch Honey?counter customizable free hit

16 comments:

  1. I'll need to try this because Presidente makes the most delish butter so I'm sure they'd do a great job with cheese.

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  2. Kalyn, I'll look for this at my Massachusetts Costco tomorrow -- what a find!

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  3. Wish we had Costco -- have I mentioned that before? :) I am usually a goat's milk feta fan but I will keep an eye out for this one.

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  4. I love Feta! That's a good line up of recipes, I am going to work my way through all the veggie ones! You are lucky having Costco, I don't think we have anything similar! The only thing I buy in bulk is my parmesan (my fridge is only little).

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  5. Mooncrazy, I think their Feta is fantastic. I used to buy a very expensive brand from an Italian deli, but this is just as good if not better.

    Lydia, it's great. I'd be curious to know if it's more expensive there. I think food is pretty cheap in Utah.

    Christine, I always thought goat's milk Feta was best too, until I tried this one.

    Holler, no Costco in Scotland? I thought they were worldwide, but maybe not. I know some people are turned off by their large sizes of everything, but I love Costco!

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  6. I love feta. There's no Costco near me, unfortunately. Never been there before. :-(

    paz

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  7. Oh Paz, that's just plain sad. Costco is amazing, if you can get past the obvious consumerism culture that it sprang out of. I buy so many food products there. (Ok, I guess that's something people have already noticed.)

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  8. I love feta cheese too, it adds an extra kick to almost any savory dish. I've never tried this brand though, I'll definitely keep an eye out for it!


    Ari (Baking and Books)

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  9. We always have feta 'round the house for my mouse of a wife!

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  10. Thanks for the mention Kalyn. I love Feta too. At this time of the year I'm sprinkling it on brown mushrooms a drizzle of oil and a few herbs and baking for 20 minutes.kxscb

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  11. This is our favorite feta too - domestic can't hold a candle to this one. I am so excited to hear I can buy it at Cosco as I have been paying twice the cost there at a little Middle East grocer not too far from my house.
    Thanks.
    Sandy

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  12. My sister lives in Greece, she sent me this link to your blog, i love Feta, she came to visit me over the holiday's and brought me some olive oil ad DODONI feta! best feta ever, she said it was actually the cheaper brand over in Athens but nothing like anything here, i have never tried sheeps milk feta but i have 4 costco in my area, i will be down at one tomorrow morning to see if I can get it here in Frisco Texas, wish me luck, ill keep you posted, plan on making salad and mushrooms for lunch if i find it yum...xoxox

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  13. Angie my Costco has Dodoni Feta too, but I like this one better.

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  14. I am not sure how widespread Trader Joe's is, but they have the most delicious feta I've ever tasted-- it's sheepsmilk, imported from Greece, and is kept in a tub of brine which keeps it wonderfully moist, the problem I have with most other fetas. Does your foodsaver gadget help keep it from drying out?

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  15. Melanie, we don't have Trader Joe's in Utah.

    The newer FoodSavers are wonderful for keeping foods like this. You use the setting for "moist" foods (which prevents the machine from sucking in the liquid somehow.) I seal packages of feta all the time with it. I drain off some of the brine, but there is enough left in the package to keep it moist.

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  16. This is my favorite feta too. I also buy at costco but recently was at a "value store" and they had it...the label didn't say "presidente" anywhere like it does at costco, but i took a chance and found it to taste just the same (phew)...so i'm thinking if it says Valbreso it's probably a-ok!!

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