A spoonable Portuguese cheese with a complex, sweet and lingering vegetal flavour. Made with cardoon rennet, Portugal’s famous thistle coagulant.
Suitable for Vegetarians R
How Much Cheese To Buy
We recommend a portion size of 70-120g per person depending on when you are eating the cheese. 70g is ample if you are serving the cheese immediately after a large meal or as part of a buffet. If the cheese is the main part of the meal you will need to allow at least 100g per person and you may prefer to go to 120g if you think your guests will be particularly hungry (or just very fond of cheese!).
However, if you are only a small party, you may find that the pieces look a little small. In this case, choose fewer pieces, or even just one cheese, so that you can present your guests with something that looks more substantial. If you want to provide a wider choice of cheeses, just go for slightly larger pieces and enjoy the leftovers yourself the next day.
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Azeitão is made in a parish of the same name, about 20 miles south of Lisbon. One of the most popular cheeses in Portugal, ours is hand-made from the fresh milk of sheep that graze the spectacular Serra da Arrabida. Also found on the same grassy slopes is the cardoon thistle, the famous Portuguese vegetarian coagulant. The use of cardoon as a substitute for rennet can sometimes lead to slightly bitter and acidic notes in a cheese, but the sweet and lingering vegetal flavour of Azeitão serves as an effective foil to this effect. Though it is petite in size, this traditional torta is complex and tantalising. With a dreamy, buttery texture Azeitão can be spooned onto crusty bread, but for an Iberian experience to remember, add tomatoes and a bottle of Vinho Verde or Moscatel de Setúbal to bring the best out of this sublime cheese.