Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Morel and Leek Jack Offers Flavor, Accents to Spare ; Cheese of the Week

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Morel and Leek Jack Offers Flavor, Accents to Spare ; Cheese of the Week

Article excerpt

GREAT MIDWEST MOREL AND LEEK JACK CHEESE

Aroma *

Taste ***

Price *

With spring just around the corner, the flavors of Great Midwest brand's Morel and Leek Jack cheese are timely.

Wisconsin company Great Midwest makes a variety of flavored jack and cheddar cheeses, many of which are available at Sam's Club. Morel and Leek Jack is one of the more seasonal, perfect for spring.

This mild cows' milk cheese is soft and moist with a tang. It is strongly flavored with leek, onion and mushroom (a little real morel, mostly less expensive types), with pretty green and tan bits scattered throughout. If you like Cotswold, pub cheese or pepper jack, you'll probably love it.

Great Midwest's flavored cheeses are made for the wider public and are not highbrow creations, but they are interesting, tasty and inexpensive. The snappy Morel and Leek Jack is one of my favorite flavored cheeses. It's good for about any use you can think of - on a burger (with sauteed mushrooms, especially), on hot or cold sandwiches, in casseroles, cream sauces (over steamed broccoli or cauliflower) or in soups. It would be stunning in quiche with bacon and leeks.

QUICHE WITH BACON, LEEKS AND MOREL AND LEEK JACK

Adapted from Betty Crocker

Serves 6-8

INGREDIENTS

Pastry

1 cup all-purpose flour

teaspoon salt

/ cup plus 1 tablespoon shortening

2 to 3 tablespoons cold water

Filling

1 tablespoon butter

cup finely sliced and washed leeks, white and light green parts only

8 slices bacon, crisply cooked, crumbled ( cup)

1 cup shredded Morel and Leek Jack cheese (4 ounces) 4 large eggs

2 cups whipping cream or half-and-half

teaspoon salt

teaspoon pepper

/8 teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)

DIRECTIONS

1 In medium bowl, mix flour and salt. Cut in shortening using pastry blender (or pulling 2 table knives through ingredients in opposite directions) until particles are size of small peas. …

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