BASKING RIDGE, NEW JERSEY – If you haven’t had a grilled cheese lately, here’s a good excuse: April is National Grilled Cheese Month. But a grilled cheese sandwich doesn’t have to be yellow. Arla Dofino® is challenging families across the country to kick up the flavor of their grilled cheese creations during National Grilled Cheese Month by using naturally good Havarti and Gouda, two cheeses that add the perfect creamy touch to one of America’s favorite sandwiches.
According to NPD Group, Americans collectively consume a whopping 2.2 billion ooey gooey grilled cheese sandwiches every year.1 What’s more, we are very at ease with cheese: the average American eats more than 31 pounds of it a year,2 so it’s no wonder grilled cheese ends up being our favorite go-to comfort food and sandwich.
Heidi Larsen, noted grilled cheese enthusiast and the blogger behind FoodieCrush, says Havarti and Gouda cheeses add the perfect creamy touch to one of America’s favorite sandwiches. “Grilled cheese sandwiches don’t need to involve processed cheeses. The key to great grilled cheese is using a great, natural melting cheese like Havarti. Its buttery flavor also melds with just about anything else added to the sandwich, such as tart jam, garlicky pesto or flavorful mustard,” says Larsen. And she knows, as she’s tried and tasted hundreds of grilled cheese sandwiches since starting her blogging career in 2011!
Perfect for just about any type of sandwich, grilled or otherwise, Arla Dofino cheeses are products consumers can feel good about eating, with fewer ingredients and no added hormones. Paired with the perfect sliced bread, such as Eureka! Organic Breads, a new partner of Arla Dofino’s, it makes the grilled cheese experience even more unique and enjoyable.
So in honor of America’s cheesiest month, bring a little more joy to the simple things in life. Step out of the processed cheese box and try something new, like Larsen’s recipe for a Ham and Smoked Gouda Grilled Cheese Breakfast Sandwich: two buttered English muffin halves heated in a frying pan until golden brown, topped with deliciously melted Arla Dofino Smoked Gouda, sliced ham, fried eggs, tomato and arugula leaves. Now that’s a “Gouda way” to start the day!
To find additional recipe inspiration and ideas for enjoying Havarti and Gouda, or information about products to celebrate National Grilled Cheese Month throughout the year, visit ArlaFoodsUSA.com/GrilledCheese.
About Arla Dofino
Arla Foods is the fifth largest dairy company in the world and is a cooperative owned by dairy farmers. For more than 100 years, Arla Dofino cheeses have been crafted at Hollandtown Dairy in Kaukauna, Wisconsin – the heartland of America.
The Arla Dofino brand of cheese includes a delicious range of family-friendly cheese varieties such as Havarti, Gouda, Edam and Fontina. Arla Dofino cheeses are naturally good, free of added hormones, artificial flavors and preservatives and crafted with quality, natural ingredients. From breakfasts to afternoon snacks and everything in-between, Arla Dofino is the better-for-you cheese families will love.
1 NPD Group
2 USDA Food Consumption Report
Source: Arla Foods