EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- It was another award-winning year for Wisconsin Cheese and Dairy Companies at the 2019 U.S. Championship Cheese Contest. With a record-breaking 2,555 entries from 35 U.S. States, the U.S. Championship Cheese Contest is the largest technical cheese, butter and yogurt competition in the country. Wisconsin cheesemakers secured 168 total awards, including 57 Best of Class awards, 58 First Runner-Up awards and 53 Second Runner-Up awards. 51 Wisconsin Dairy Companies won one or more awards. Wisconsin Cheese and Dairy companies swept 26 classes.
Marieke Penterman of Marieke Gouda (Thorp, WI) won first and second-runner up at this year’s competition for Marieke Gouda Premium and Marieke Gouda Overjarige, respectively. Using farmstead-fresh, raw cow's milk from her family’s farm in northern Wisconsin, Marieke crafts authentic Dutch-style gouda using time tested, Old World cheesemaking methods. Dozens of awards have followed, including the U.S. Grand Champion title at the competition in 2013 and second-runner up in 2017.
Today, we’re celebrating our favorite food month (April is National Grilled Cheese Month) with this Mediterranean Grilled Cheese Sandwich featuring award-winning Wisconsin Cheese.
Mediterranean Grilled Cheese
• This grilled cheese sandwich is a game changer. It incorporates all the things we love about Mediterranean cuisine into a soul-warming, ooey-gooey sandwich all ages will love. The fresh salty and tangy feta pairs well with the Roma tomatoes, spinach and sour dough bread, and mozzarella melts it all into a delicious savory sandwich. What’s not to love?
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