Here in Canada we are lucky enough to have more varieties of cheese available to us than we could ever hope to taste – raw, pasteurized, soft, firm, stinky, creamy, and from many different countries all over the world. Unfortunately, our luck runs short when it comes to the delicious cheese made by our neighbours to the south. Due to the current quota system that exists in Canada, it is quite difficult to import cheese into the country. Some importers have looked to the booming artisan cheese industry in the United States and made the decision to embark upon bringing some of America’s finest into our kitchens
One of the new arrivals is Big John’s Cajun made by Beehive Cheese Co in Utah. Beehive Cheese was founded in 2005 by brother-in-laws Pat Ford and Tim Welsh who set out to create a modern cheese operation with its roots set in traditional cheese-making methods. Three of Beehive’s most delicious cheeses are newly available to us here in Canada (Barely Buzzed, Apple Walnut Smoked Promontory and Big John’s Cajun) and Big John’s is the life of the party!
Big John’s Cajun is a spicy hand-made and hand-rubbed cheese made from the pasteurized milk of local Jersey cows. The original rub that gives the cheese its bright colour was developed by Utah chef, John Dearmin. The recipe is top secret – all we know is that cayenne pepper is one part of the delicious combo of spices! The orange-red rub gives the cheese a zippy aroma that is reminiscent of traditional Cajun recipes. Eating Big John’s Cajun is a little bit like eating 2 cheeses at the same time. If you take a piece of the creamy golden interior of the cheese on its own, it is mild, creamy and just hints at the other flavours to come. To have a more heated experience, be sure to cut a slice that includes both the interior paste as well as the rind. The rind has a warm, spicy kick to it that spreads over the palate while you experience the cheese. Some have said that Big John’s Cajun reminds them of pepperoni. I personally believe that it tastes like the well-loved snack mix, Bits & Bites!
This cheese will be the perfect addition to pizzas, sandwiches and nachos or it can be munched on as a zesty snack! Pair with wheat beer or medium to full-bodied reds.
AWARDS: Big John’s Cajun has most recently won 3rd place at the 2011 American Cheese Society competition in its category.
Call us at 1-800-263-1263 for pricing and availability. The 10% Cheese of the Week discount will apply for 2 weeks.