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Gjetost

Product Placement / Spokane /

SpoBREW alumnus and professional cynic Ted was laying down some smack talk about gjetost on Twitter last night. Gjetost -- aka geitost or brunost -- is a Norwegian cheese, and its name literally translates to "goat cheese". This isn't the type of goat cheese many are used to, mind you; the "brunost" monicker means "brown cheese", which reflects the color of the cheese. Its consistency is also harder than many more common types of goat cheeses.

Now, we might have said something about gjetost detractors being sick and demented, and we stand by that! Gjetost does pack a punch, with a powerful, sweet flavor of caramel. It melts in the mouth, and might even stick to the roof of it which... I suppose I can see how that's less than ideal if you don't like the flavor. But if you, like us, enjoy cheeses with hints of butterscotch, then you can't go wrong with gjetost.

Serving it on Norwegian style waffles with strawberry jam is the best way to enjoy it, but there are more savory ways to eat it too. Get some good bread and butter, make an open faced sandwich with the cheese, top it with slice of red pepper, and you're set. Keep in mind the richness of the cheese makes this a filling meal.

Make tonight a gjetost night! You can find the cheese in most stores, including Huckleberry's and Yoke's.