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Easy Summer Appetizers + Cheese

It’s finally summer and all we want is for entertaining to be easy. Laying on the patio with a cocktail should definitely replace endless hours in the kitchen. Enter: cheese. Cheese is the perfect way to impress guests when you need a quick appetizer. It’s versatile, flavorful and pairs with so many fresh, summer ingredients.

Here are 4 easy ways to turn a wedge of cheese into an easy summer bite:

Havarti + Radish: Top a radish slice with a square slice of Roth Havarti cheese, then sprinkle the top with coarse sea salt. Try many Havarti flavors like dill, jalapeno or original.

3 Chile Pepper Gouda + Mango: Top slices of Roth 3 Chile Pepper Gouda with a slice of mango. Drizzle with honey for a hot/sweet kick that’s perfect for summer nights.

Buffalo Blue “Deviled” Eggs: Skip the extra kitchen appliances and cheat your way to great “deviled” eggs by just cutting hard boiled eggs in half, then topping with Roth Buttermilk Blue cheese and a dash of your favorite hot sauce.

Dill Havarti + Ham: Top slices of Roth Dill Havarti with pieces of black forest deli ham for a perfect lunch by the pool.

How to Make a Spring Cheese Board

It’s finally spring! Whether you’re making a cheese board for a party, a shower, or just because, you might as well make it as lovely, tasty, and seasonal as possible. Here’s our latest inspiration:

STEP 1: Choose your cheese

  • We recommend starting with a creamy, flavored havartiRoth Horseradish Havarti has just enough kick without overpowering your palate. Plus, it pairs especially well with seasonal ham.
  • Next, add a nice, nutty alpine-style cheese. Alpine-style cheeses, like Roth Grand Cru®, have a rich, complex flavor and appeals to just about any party-goer. Plus, it pairs beautifully with nuts, fruits, and ham—which makes it a perfect partner for this spring board.
  • Add a pop of color with a mild cheddar or American Original cheese. Roth Prairie Sunset® is a perfect choice for spring. It is slightly sweet with a hint of butterscotch, and so approachable that it tastes great in just about any combination.

Step 2: Pair with Accompaniments

Have fun adding color to your cheese board with seasonal vegetables, fruit and nuts. Here’s some ideas:

  • Marcona almonds: These simple salted, slightly oily almonds provide a great crunch between bites.
  • Pickled spring onions: You can make these a few days in advance in the fridge by putting trimmed spring onions into a simple brine—a quick search for pickled spring onions or scallions will turn up dozens of tasty options.
  • Grapes: Pick your favorite variety—we love the color of red grapes against the color of the Prairie Sunset.
  • Rhubarb jam: Nothing says spring like rhubarb!
  • Beauty heart radishes: Peppery-sweet and oh-so-pretty, these radishes may look boring from the outside, but when you slice them, they’re show-stoppers. Great on a sliced baguette with ham and your choice of cheese.
  • Candied Meyer Lemon: Meyer lemons have a distinctive taste—less sour than regular lemons, with a slightly floral aroma. If you can’t find them candied, you can make your own! Martha Stewart’s version calls for simmering sliced lemons in a simple syrup for 30 minutes, letting them cool, then laying them out on a rack.

Step 3: Add a Base

Bulk up your cheese board with meats, crackers and bread. For spring, we love:

  • Country ham: Salty country ham is a great choice for a cheese board, but an unctuous liver pâté would be lovely, too.
  • Whole wheat crackers and sliced baguette: These serve as the perfect base for stacking up adventurous cheese board combos.


With these simple tips, you can make the perfect cheese board at home.
Check out more cheese board inspiration!

In Season Now: Asparagus

Some people get excited for spring because the days get longer. Some look forward to the first crocuses pushing their heads out of the dirt. Then there are those of us who go gaga over spring’s most delicious bounty: Good, fresh asparagus.

There are so many ways to enjoy the seasonal bounty, but this is a favorite: Marinate just long enough to impart flavor, then roll the spears up in slices of capicola with a creamy herb spread with chopped red peppers and chives mixed in. And the component that truly sets the roll-ups off: Shavings of nutty-sweet Roth Grand Cru® Reserve.

Capicola is an Italian cured pork that, like prosciutto, has a slight gamey flavor. One key distinction though is that it’s cured with either black pepper or red pepper, which can give it a slight bite. If you can’t find capicola, prosciutto makes a great substitute.

These roll-ups are a great side dish for a dinner or even a brunch. They also make a terrific appetizer—the asparagus stays tender-crisp when partially peeled and marinated. It’s finger food that’s substantive without being heavy.

Get the recipe here, and learn more about our award-winning Wisconsin original Roth Grand Cru® here.

Emmi Roth Sweeps Smear Ripened Hard Cheese Category at 2017 U.S. Championship Cheese Contest

MONROE, Wisconsin – Emmi Roth officially produces the best alpine-style cheese made in the United States. The company’s Roth brand of signature alpine-style cheeses took home all three awards in the Smear Ripened Hard Cheese category at the 2017 United States Championship Cheese Contest on Thursday, March 9 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

The award for Best of Class in the category went to Roth® Grand Cru® Reserve with a score of 99.35, Second Place to Roth’s Private Reserve with a score of 99.30 and Third Place to Roth® Grand Cru® Original with a score of 99.20. Each of the cheeses are handcrafted using copper vats in Monroe, Wisconsin, and aged for different lengths of time on spruce boards in their on-site cellar.

The judging kicked off Tuesday, March 7 with a record 2,303 entries from 33 states across the country. Forty-eight judges evaluated cheese in 101 categories, with the most coming from Wisconsin.

“We’ve been making alpine-style cheeses in the United States for many, many years, and to have an achievement at this level is the greatest honor,” said Tim Omer, President and Managing Director for Emmi Roth.

Emmi Roth’s flagship line of Grand Cru® washed – rind Alpine – style cheeses includes Grand Cru® Original, Grand Cru® Reserve and Grand Cru® Surchoix. Original is aged 4-6 months, Reserve 6-9 and Surchoix a minimum of 9 months to create a firm texture and complex flavors of caramel, fruit and mushroom. The most aged cheese in the line, Roth® Grand Cru® Surchoix, is the current World Champion from the 2016 World Cheese Championship held last March.

“Our entire line of Grand Cru® is currently best in class,” said Omer. “To produce a product of the standard at every age is a testament to the skill of our cheesemakers and cellarmasters.”

Grand Cru® is available at most large grocery retailers and specialty cheese shops across the country.

“When Roth® Grand Cru® Surchoix won the World Championship last year, it was produced in smaller qualities and difficult to find,” said Omer. “Now, you can buy Grand Cru® at any age and know that it’s award-winning cheese.”

Roth’s Private Reserve, this year’s second place winner, is also an alpine-style cheese, but made using raw milk and cellar-aged for at least 6 months. Its flavor starts with a medium tanginess, then becomes sweet with honey and butterscotch notes

At the World Championship Cheese Contest this year, the company also took home Best of Class for their Roth Havarti with a score of 99.15 and a third place award in the Blue Veined Cheeses category for its Roth Buttermilk Blue with a score of 98.45.

Media Contact: Abby Despins, 608-293-1003,

About Emmi Roth: Emmi Roth, a subsidiary of Switzerland-based Emmi Group, is a leading producer of specialty cheeses. Our expansive portfolio displays a unique marriage of cheeses from two different worlds with very similar traditions and local values – from handcrafted award-winning Roth cheeses from Wisconsin to Emmi’s full range of traditional varieties imported from Switzerland. Wisconsin brands include Roth and Kindred Creamery. Artisan cheeses imported from Switzerland feature Emmi, Kaltbach, Der Scharfe Maxx, and more. Learn more at

Easy Sriracha Chicken Enchiladas

By: Meggan, Culinary Hill

Roth Sriracha Gouda is the stuff of cheesy dreams and ideal for these Sriracha Chicken Enchiladas! Plus, learn the secret to making enchiladas with flour tortillas.

Sriracha Chicken Enchiladas

Sriracha Gouda is a spectacular mix of creamy and spicy, at once both brilliant and meant to be. I couldn’t help myself; these enchiladas HAD to be made, preferably yesterday.

Normally I make enchiladas with corn tortillas, but I want ed to use flour this time. I didn’t want anything competing with the Sriracha Gouda, especially not the flavor of a corn tortilla.

The issue with flour tortillas is that they can easily become gluey when swimming in hot sauce and baking in the oven.

Luckily, the solution is an easy one! To keep your flour tortillas from dissolving, bake them on a light bed of sauce for 10 minutes. During this time, they will crisp up and start heating through. Then, drizzle the rest of the sauce over the top and smother in Sriracha Gouda. It only takes another 10 minutes to melt the cheese and the enchiladas will be hot, saucy, cheesy, and in tact.

Most importantly, they will be mind-blowingly delicious!


A Turkey & Smoked Gouda Panini With Flair

When you’re looking for something a little more substantive and sophisticated than your tried and true grilled cheese, try this turkey and smoked gouda press.

Start with a buttered French baguette and add sliced turkey—we love it with sliced roast turkey from the deli counter, but we’ve also made it with leftover turkey.

The savory turkey and Van Gogh® Natural Smoked Gouda play impeccably against the sweetness of raspberry vinaigrette and sliced apple. The arugula and red onion offer a pungent and peppery kick, and sliced almonds add the perfect crunch.

Don’t have a panini press? Press your sandwich into a large skillet using a heavy piece of cookware—a small cast iron skillet, a baking dish, whatever you have on hand—weighed down with a large can from your pantry.

Get the recipe for this sandwich, and learn more about Roth’s entire line of classic, Dutch-style gouda here.

Discover more delicious recipes with Roth Van Gogh® Gouda.

Hot & Cheesy Corn Dip

By: Meggan Hill, Culinary Hill

I never met a hot, cheesy dip I didn’t love, but I have a special place in my heart for this Hot Corn Dip. And it’s definitely the cheese.

Any dip can taste great when it’s loaded with mayonnaise and sour cream, but to make a dip taste special, you need a wow factor. The star of this show is: Roth GranQueso.


Inspired by the cheeses of Spain but made by the masters in the heart of Wisconsin, your hot cheesy dips will never be the same. GranQueso transports you to a world of brown butter and cinnamon undertones which naturally draw out the sweetness of the corn. It’s a positively heavenly indulgence!

Hot Cheesy Corn Dip

You can easily make this dip ahead of time for your next event. Follow the recipe through Step 5, spreading the dip in the prepared baking dish. Then, cover and refrigerate overnight or until serving time. Add 5 to 10 minutes to the baking time when you bake it straight from the refrigerator.

This recipe is inspired by a Mexican Corn Dip from a group of quilters in Marquette County, Wisconsin (The “Calico Capers”).


Valentine’s Day Wine and Cheese Pairing Guide

Wine & Cheese Pairings

Peanut butter and jelly, ketchup and mustard, milk and cookies. Out of the all-time great food pairings, one reigns supreme: wine and cheese.

Wine and cheese is practically a Valentine’s Day requirement. There’s nothing more romantic (or libido boosting!) than cuddling up with your love over a deliciously crafted spread of Roth cheese paired with wine. To make this February 14th extra special, we’ve recruited Jordan Egan, sommelier and beer director at New York City’s NoMad Hotel, to help us play cupid for some of our favorite Roth cheeses. Add in a few candles, comfy blankets and a toasty fire—you’ve got yourself the perfect Valentine’s Day celebration.

To start, try GranQueso® Reserve with a bottle of white. The hand rubbing of paprika and cinnamon on the rind lends this deeply intricate cheese to a more savory white wine, like a dry Albariño or white Burgundy. Rosé also works well, as do off-dry varieties of sherry, a fortified wine made from white grapes.

BEST: Albariño white, Rosé, White Burgundy, Oloroso or your favorite sherry

With Grand Cru® Reserve, we’re dealing with subtle flavors that require a delicate balance. This alpine-style cheese boasts light floral notes and nutty undertones, so finding a wine pairing that doesn’t overpower is key. White wines with a hint of sweetness hit the spot.

BEST: Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Southern Burgundy

Roth’s Private Reserve is bold, robust and the perfect coupling for an equally strong wine. Whites and reds both work here, like robust Chardonnays and lighter reds. If you’re looking to indulge in a glass of bubbly, go for a vintage-style champagne, which means 100% of the grapes used are from that vintage year.

BEST: Barbaresco, Brut Champagne, Chardonnay, Merlot

A classic table cheese, Prairie Sunset® is sweet and approachable, making it a versatile love match for an array of wines. With rich undertones of butterscotch, it’s sweetness is a fitting Valentine’s Day choice when paired with crisp, acidic reds and fresh styles of sherry.

BEST: Barbera red, Gamay from Beaujolais, Pinot Noir, Sangiovese from Chianti, Fino or Manzanilla sherry


Other Delicious Pairings:

Our Favorite Grand Cru Pairings

Cheese and Cocktail Party Pairing Ideas

Romancing the Cheese Board

There are plenty of ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Of course, our favorite is with cheese—that’s why we put together this little Valentine’s Day Cheese board for two.

To keep it light enough for two, we only used two cheeses: Roth Buttermilk Blue® and Roth Original Havarti.

Buttermilk Blue® is an exceptionally creamy blue cheese that traditionally pairs well with figs, pears, dates and dark chocolate.

Havarti is a crowd-pleasing, buttery cheese that pairs well with, well … just about everything.

For this cheese board, we dipped strawberries in dark chocolate—rich and sweet berries pair with either cheese. Honey, too, pairs well with both cheeses on water crackers, and the crunchy candied nuts make a perfect nibble.

The final touch on this board: Smoked oysters. Great with Havarti, and of course oysters are also a purported aphrodisiac.

And finally, of course, we chose a sparkling rosé to pair with our board. Make sure to look for a dry—or brut—version, as a sweeter wine doesn’t play well with the earthier flavors in this cozy cheese board.

Emmi Roth USA Launches New Roth® Organics Cheese Line

MONROE, Wis. —Emmi Roth USA, a leading provider of specialty cheese, is making a big impact in the specialty cheese case with its new line of Roth® Organics. The innovative collection of four new cheeses features many award-winning Roth favorites now made using fresh, certified organic milk from local dairy farms.

The organic line features Roth’s flagship Grand Cru® Original now available in organic, as well as Organic Van Gogh® Gouda, Organic Havarti and Organic Sharp Cheddar. Each variety is also naturally gluten-free, Non GMO, rBST-free and vegetarian friendly.

Roth® Organic Grand Cru® Original – available in 18 lbs wheels and 6 oz retail cuts – is an award-winning Alpine-style cheese made from a combination of the finest organic milk and Swiss traditions. The smear-ripened cheese is crafted in authentic copper vats and cured by Roth cellar masters for a minimum of four months in order to achieve a complex and full-bodied flavor unlike any other.

Roth® Organic Van Gogh® Gouda – available in 10 lb wheels and 8 oz retail cuts – features Roth’s signature Van Gogh® Gouda, a quintessential Dutch cheese with a straw-yellow body and mellow and mild sweetness.

Roth® Organic Havarti – available in 9 lb loafs and 8 oz retail cuts – is a versatile cheese with a mild and buttery flavor, perfect for cooking and melting.

Roth® Organic Sharp Cheddar – available in 1lb blocks and 8 oz retail cuts – is crafted from the freshest Organic milk and aged for a minimum of 6 months to develop a classic, rich and tangy flavor.

“There is a strong demand for organic products that has grown significantly over the past few years,” says Tim Omer, President and Managing Director at Emmi Roth USA. “We are fortunate to live in a part of the world where fresh, organic milk is available in our backyard. The farmers we work with follow certified organic dairy farming standards.”

Cows milked on organic dairy farms are not treated with bovine growth hormones, are not given antibiotics while in a herd, are fed grass and feed that has not been treated with pesticides or grown from genetically modified seeds, and always have access to pasture.

The new Roth® Organics line was introduced at the Winter Fancy Food Show January 21-23 in San Francisco. Roth® Organic Grand Cru® Original can be found at select Whole Foods Markets. The entire line is now available to retailers nationwide and will be rolling out in specialty shops and grocery stores throughout 2017.


About Emmi Roth USA, Inc.
Emmi Roth USA, a subsidiary of Switzerland-based Emmi Group, is a leading producer of specialty cheeses. Our expansive portfolio displays a unique marriage of cheeses from two different worlds with very similar traditions and local values – from handcrafted award-winning Roth cheeses from Wisconsin to Emmi’s full range of traditional varieties imported from Switzerland. Wisconsin brands include Roth and Kindred Creamery. Artisan cheeses imported from Switzerland feature Emmi, Kaltbach, Der Scharfe Maxx, and more. Learn more at

About Roth®
Roth® cheese is made using the freshest, local Wisconsin milk. We make traditional cheeses that stem from our Swiss heritage, like Grand Cru and new, innovative Wisconsin originals such as Roth Prairie Sunset and Roth GranQueso, and everyday favorites like Buttermilk Blue, Havarti and Gouda. We have earned top awards for our cheese from national and international competitions, including the title of World Champion from the 2016 World Championship Cheese Contest for Roth Grand Cru® Surchoix. Learn more at

Press Contact
Abby Despins, Senior Public Relations Manager, 608-293-1003,