Each month, your Neighboring Food Co-ops feature our region’s artisan cheesemakers by offering a specially selected cheese at great price. Look for the “Cave to Co-op” sign in the cheese section at your local food co-op. To find one near you, visit www.nfca.coop/members.
This month’s special cheese is CHIN CLIP from Mt. Mansfield Creamery, Morrisville, VT.
Mt. Mansfield Creamery is located in the town of Morrisville, Vermont. Stan Biasini and Debora Wickart have a mixed herd of Holstein and Brown Swiss cows and have produced a number of raw milk cheeses since 1999, using recipes with European origins. The cows are on rotational grazing in the summer months and fed grain and hay during the winter. Debora milks the cows each morning, and the milk is transported daily the four miles to the creamery for cheese production. Their cheese is aged for a minimum of 60 days in their cheese cave, rotated by hand weekly and washed with micro brew beers or wine pressings to keep their rinds thin. Both Stan and Debora are avid skiers and name the cheeses after trails on nearby mountains; Gondolier, Hayride, Chapel Lane, Halfpipe, Tres Amigos, Inspiration, Forerunner and Chin Clip. Chin Clip is named after a notoriously difficult ski trail on Vermont’s Mt. Mansfield.
Chin Clip is based on a recipe from the Austrian Alps and has a complex yet smooth buttery flavor that finishes with nutty notes. Here are a few seasonal recipes that bridge the gap between these chilly March days and the promise of spring.
Smoked Fish Salad w/Chin Clip and Root Vegetables
- 1 small celeriac bulb, peeled, sliced into long thin strips
- 1 small fennel bulb, trimmed, cut into long thin strips
- 1 small shallot, thinly sliced
- 1 pound smoked bluefish or whitefish, bones and skin removed
- 1 cup flat leaf parsley, stems removed and coarsely chopped
- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
- zest and juice of 1 lemon
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 ounces Chin Clip, shaved with vegetable peeler
Combine celeriac, fennel, shallot, fish and parsley in large bowl. Add olive oil, lemon zest and juice; toss to coat. Spoon onto small plates. Top with cheese shavings.
Potato Galette w/Chin Clip and Rosemary
- 1 lb. Yukon Gold potatoes, washed, skin on, sliced ¼ inch thick
- 2 T olive oil
- 1 Cup grated Chin Clip cheese
- ½ medium onion, peeled, cut in half, then sliced thin
- 1 T fresh rosemary, minced
- pinch of nutmeg
- salt and pepper
Pre-heat oven to 400°F
In a medium bowl, toss the potatoes with the olive oil. Arrange half the potatoes in the bottom of an non-stick oven-proof skillet. Sprinkle with the cheese, onion, half the rosemary, nutmeg and salt and pepper. Layer the rest of the potatoes on top, overlapping the slices. Add more salt and pepper and the remaining rosemary. Cover loosely with foil and using a heavy oven-proof plate, or another skillet, press down on the potatoes and place the skillet in the oven. After 20 minutes, remove the skillet and flip the potatoes out onto a dish, then slide them brown side up back into the skillet. Return to the oven and cook for another 20 minutes or so, until everything is brown and crispy and the potatoes are tender. Remove from the oven, slide the potatoes onto a plate and serve cut into wedges.
Makes 12 popovers
- 4 cups whole milk
- 8 eggs
- 4 cups all purpose flour
- 1 ½ T salt
- 2 ½ cups grated Chin Clip cheese
Place the popover pan in the oven and turn it on to 350 degrees, allowing both the pan and oven to preheat. In a medium saucepan warm the milk over low heat. Meanwhile, whisk the eggs and then slowly whisk in the warm milk, a little at a time, making sure not to cook the eggs. Set aside. Next sift the flour and the salt together and slowly add this to your egg mixture. Combine gently until smooth. Remove your popover pan from the oven. Spray with a nonstick vegetable spray, or use butter or shortening to carefully grease the hot pan. Fill each popover cup about three-fourths of the way. Place about 3 tablespoons of cheese on the top of each popover. Bake for about 45 minutes in the 350-degree oven. When they are tall and golden, remove the pan from the oven and remove the popovers from the pan. Serve hot with butter.
Cave to Co-op is a partnership between Provisions International and the Neighboring Food Co-op Association (NFCA) to support local, artisanal cheese producers in our region and make their products more easily available to co-op shoppers. The NFCA is a network of more than 30 food co-ops in New England, locally owned by more than 90,000 people like you. For more information, please visit www.nfca.coop.