It’s officially time for barbecues, picnics, and spending as much time outside as possible. Nothing says summertime like flipping juicy burgers in the backyard or spreading out a blanket for a leisurely picnic. And it’s even better with a cold beer in hand, your friends around, and really good tunes playing. Exhale.
Cooking, eating, and spending quality time outside are a welcome reprieve from our at-our-desk lunches and grab-a-protein-bar, run-out-the-door mornings. Beemster’s range of cheeses, from mild and meltable to robust and crystalized, means there’s a perfect option for every outdoor occasion and recipe. Our devotion to our animals, our farmers, the environment, and the highest quality translates into cheeses worth savoring all summer long.
1: To Rule the Barbecue...
Beemster Vlaskaas Inside-Out Burgers, aka Juicy Lucy. The only thing better than a burger straight from the grill is a burger oozing creamy Vlaskaas. Vlaskaas was historically made only once a year, during the flax harvest festival, but these days the milky, sweet, and sharp wheels are crafted all year long. Lucky for us, because it’s a really good friend to burgers. Get the recipe here.
2: To Impress at Your Next Potluck...
Beemster Signature Ancient Grains Bowl
Grain bowls are having a moment, but this flavor combination of nutty, hearty quinoa and farro, sweet-tart pomegranate seeds, crunchy radishes and caramelized Beemster Classic is…well, classic. Beets and pomegranates lend a gorgeous pop of color to the dish. It’s a satisfying side that makes a lovely accompaniment to almost any summertime dish, and it travels well to the park, the beach, or wherever summer takes you. Here’s how to make it.
3: For a Seriously Delicious Picnic...
Paradiso Reserve, Caramelized Onion and Prosciutto Flatbread
Break out a cheesy flatbread with crispy prosciutto and sweet caramelized onions for the ultimate picnic. This easy-to-prepare favorite—here’s how— is topped with our Paradiso Reserve, a savory, tangy cheese made from North Holland Beemster cows’ milk in an Italian-inspired style. It’s fragrant with garlic and sage, and a little bit addictive. Pour some Chianti for a perfect pairing.
4: When Serving an Elegant Brunch al Fresco...
Beemster Graskaas and Shaved Asparagus Frittata
This beautiful frittata is full of ribbons of asparagus, sautéed mushrooms, and creamy Graskaas. The limited-edition cheese is crafted with the first spring milk of the season, and it’s wonderfully creamy and fresh—a perfect way to celebrate warm weather. It’s equally delicious served hot or at room temperature, so you can make it ahead of time for zero fuss. Here’s the recipe.
5: To Celebrate the Veggies of Summer
For a Great Veggie Barbeque Dish: Paradiso Grilled Veggie Stacks
This summery dish showcases some of the season’s finest fresh produce: eggplant, zucchini, and juicy tomatoes. The veggie stack’s simplicity and make-ahead ease make it ideal for easy entertaining—plus it’s elegant and tasty. Inspired by Italy and made in Holland, tangy, melt-able Paradiso Vintage imparts a great richness. This dish is even better served with crusty bread, and a crisp Pinot Grigio or a farmhouse ale.