Description

Butterkäse originated in Germany and is made throughout Germany and Austria. Its name literally means "butter cheese." Although it contains no butter, it has a butter-like texture and is very mild and creamy. It is also called Dämenkäse or "ladies cheese" because it is delicately flavored, odorless and complementary to most foods. Butterkäse, produced in Wisconsin in the Alpine tradition, is readily available throughout the United States.

Appearance

Pale yellow, smooth

Texture

Smooth, creamy, open texture

Flavor

Mild, buttery, delicate

Serving Suggestions

Butterkäse pairs perfectly with sliced ham for sandwiches. Blend shredded Butterkäse with a little butter to dress spätzle for a tasty side dish with sausages or chicken. Top hamburgers with a slice of this delicate cheese. Melt over vegetables for a taste the whole family will enjoy. Offer a traditional German favorite for buffets – thinly sliced Westphalian ham, German salami, Black Forest ham, assorted Wisconsin sliced cheeses including Butterkäse and Limburger, hard rolls, a variety of mustards and assorted pickled vegetables.

Goes Well With

Sausages or cured meats, grapes, melon, plums, sour dough rolls or bread White wines such as Semillon, Chardonnay or Rhine; pilsner or other light lager beers

Styles/Varieties

Butterkäse comes in 5pound bricks, 8- and 10-ounce pieces and random-weight sticks.

Performance Note

Kids find the mild, buttery taste of Butterkäse very appealing.

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