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Giveaway: Finlandia Imported Cheese just in time for Summer grilling with recipes from Chef Ariane Duarte

When was the last time you had a really delicious sandwich made with Swiss cheese? We use to always have Swiss cheese and ham sandwiches when I was little. It was a favorite lunch time meal. What is your favorite sandwich? Mine is still ham and Swiss.
I found Finlandia brand cheese at my local grocery store in the area near the deli, they also sold Finlandia Swiss cheese by the pound in the deli.  I bought both-the packaged and the deli sliced. Both were smooth, fresh and delicious. I really enjoyed my lunch! I can't remember the last time I bought Swiss cheese, but am glad I bought Finlandia Swiss Cheese and am sold on the flavor!
Did you know that Finland has more than just Swiss Cheese?
Finlandia cheese is all natural.
Finlandia cheese is lactose-free.
Finlandia cheese is hormone free.
Finlandia cheese has over 150 years of master cheese making.
Finlandia cheese has robust flavors
Finlandia has superior melting quality in all of their flavors.
Finlandia is based in New Jersey.
Finlandia cheese flavors include Swiss, Light Swiss, Lacey Swiss, Muenster, Gouda, and Havarti.
Finlandia cheese has other flavors, you can read about them here:

Pick up a pack or two of your favorite variety of Finlandia Swiss cheese for all your summer BBQ and picnics. Your family and guest will notice the great flavor and you'll be glad you have the best burgers around town.
If your looking for some new sandwiches to make this summer,  take a look at the recipes shared by Ariane Duarte Top Chef below.


I know after reading these recipes your going to be hungry and want to try out these yummy recipes from Chef Ariane Duarte! 

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EASY summer GRILLING with Cheese Recipes  from:

TOP CHEF ariane duarte


Ariane Duarte, Executive Chef of award-winning CulinAriane restaurant and finalist on Bravo’s Top Chef, recommends the following entertaining tip, “Guests love to feel pampered and one way you can do that is to replicate the restaurant experience at home. I created these simple restaurant recipes using Finlandia cheese because of its incredible robust flavor and great melting quality.” 

Duarte suggests arranging your favorite toppings in a bountiful array using assorted condiments and aged cheeses such as Finlandia Swiss, Light Swiss or Lacey Swiss.  Swiss has the perfect flavor for many summer recipes. For individuals looking for lighter choices, Lacey Swiss and Light Swiss are both so tasty that your guests will never know they’re actually eating something good for them.  Finlandia cheeses melt slowly and thoroughly, but maintain their texture and superior flavor.  
 All the cheeses pair well with a variety of different main dish proteins like turkey burgers, hamburgers or even grilled chicken. “If you choose great ingredients, you won’t even need the condiments,” advises Duarte. “Be creative with different types of local greens or lettuces and when it comes to cheese, be sure to select a high-quality cheese like Finlandia because your guests really will taste the difference.”

Grilled Cheese

Prosciutto and Finlandia Grilled Swiss Cheese with Olive Tapenade

Created by Chef Ariane Duarte

Serves 4

¼ lb. imported prosciutto

1 package Finlandia Swiss sliced cheese

8 slices sliced country white bread

4T butter

Olive Tapenade

1c olives (your choice) – pits removed

2 cloves garlic

1t red pepper flake

1T olive oil

1T chopped parsley

Add all ingredients to a food processor and pulse about 6 times.

Spread tapenade on all 8 slices of bread. Then add a slice of cheese and a slice of prosciutto to only 4 slices and top with each of the remaining 4 slices.

Melt butter on a griddle and toast “sandwiches” golden brown and until cheese melts.


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Jumpin’ Turkey Swiss Burgers

Created by Chef Ariane Duarte

Serves 6

2 lbs Ground Turkey

1 or 2 jalapeño peppers, small dice (depending on how much heat you like)

½ c chopped cilantro

1T ground cumin

1t chopped garlic

1 small onion, diced

Salt & pepper

12 slices Finlandia Swiss or Light Swiss Cheese

6 burger buns of your choice

In a bowl, combine all ingredients. Divide equally into 6 balls. Form into patties and place on grill. Grill on high heat - 4 minutes on 1 side, then turn and finish for about 3 to 4 minutes on the other. Add two slices of Finlandia Swiss and let melt. Then, place on your bun with your favorite accompaniments.

Grilled Chicken with Summer Tomatoes and Finlandia Lacey Swiss Cheese

Created by Ariane Duarte

Serves 6

6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

2T olive oil

1T fresh rosemary chopped

1T fresh thyme chopped

1T fresh basil chopped

Salt & pepper

2 Jersey fresh tomatoes

1 package Finlandia Swiss or Light Swiss Cheese

Preheat grill to medium high. Place chicken breasts in a large bowl and add olive oil, herbs, salt and pepper. Let stand for about 10 minutes.

While chicken is marinating, slice tomatoes into 4 pieces. Brush with olive oil, salt and pepper and grill for about 1 minute on each side. Remove from grill and set aside. Next, place chicken on the grill and cook for about 4 minutes, turning over to complete the cooking for approximately 4 more minutes. After that, top each of the chicken breasts with a tomato slice, then a piece of cheese. Continue to leave the chicken over the heat only long enough to melt the cheese. Remove immediately, platter and serve.

Happy Summer Cooking and Happy Fourth of July!!!

Disclosure: I was given Finlandia Cheese in order to share this information. The comments and views are my own.


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