I had the opportunity to try out some yummy Finlandia Cheese and they sent along this recipe that just screamed try me, so I did! I honestly hadn't realized that Finlandia Cheese was available at my local Harris Teeter, but now that I know I am going to go back and try other varieties!
Grilled Chicken with Summer Tomatoes and Finlandia Muenster Cheese
Created by Ariane Duarte
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 - I used SC fresh (because Johns Island tomatoes are to die for!)
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.
Ariane says: Finlandia Muenster is the perfect cheese choice for this dish. A mild and creamy, yet full-bodied cheese, it offers the perfect palette to exhibit the trio of fresh herbs featured with the best-of Jersey’s summer produce standout.
Heather says: This was a simple, fast and incredibly tasty recipe - I had to cook my chicken breasts a little longer than the 8 minutes suggested because they were quite thick and I wanted to make sure they were well cooked, but other than that I followed the recipe to a T and these came out yummy - and the cheese was melty and gooey and wonderful! I'm lucky that SC has such a long grilling season, but I think that these could easily be adapted to oven baking - bake for 20-30 minutes in a 350 F oven and then add the tomato and cheese and continue to bake until the cheese is good and melted. You might have to use hot house tomatoes until next summer, but this recipe is worth it... I'm also thinking that sun-dried tomatoes would work well for a winter twist up!
As for the Muenster specifically - the cheese was great just to nibble on too... I only had 4 chicken breasts so I had a slice or two left over for eating and I think it wold make a great sandwich cheese and will definitely be something I keep on my shopping list!
About Finlandia Cheese, Inc.Finlandia Cheese, Inc. is a division of Valio USA, a subsidiary of Valio, Ltd., Finland’s largest food company and one of the most dominant forces in the global dairy industry. Headquartered in Parsippany, New Jersey, Finlandia Cheese is the number one imported cheese brand in America. All Finlandia imported cheese is made in Finland from the purest milk in Europe with no added hormones. Milk comes from small dairy farms where the average farm has 20 cows and are treated humanely with regular health screenings. Finlandia’s cheeses are distributed to fine supermarkets and delis nationwide. For more information about Finlandia and its products, visit www.finlandiacheese.com
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