Appetizers

Jarlsberg cheese tops a new line of crackers

Cheese Crisps are sold in four flavors – rosemary-olive oil, chipotle, garlic-herb and Mediterranean sea salt.
Cheese Crisps are sold in four flavors – rosemary-olive oil, chipotle, garlic-herb and Mediterranean sea salt. apierleoni@sacbee.com

There’s a lot to like about Jarlsberg cheese from Norway. It’s mild, nutty-tasting and versatile (eat it in cubes or cook with it). Though it originated in the 1800s, the modern iteration has been produced and distributed by the Norseland company since 1956.

To commemorate its 60th anniversary, the cheesemaker has just introduced Jarlsberg Cheese Crisps in four flavors – rosemary-olive oil, chipotle, garlic-herb and Mediterranean sea salt. Shredded Jarlsberg Cheese is “sprinkled on top of the crunchy crackers just prior to being baked.” They’re “hand-crafted and cooked in small batches.”

We broke open bags of the four flavors and gave them thumbs-ups, only wishing for more cheese.

Top them with anything, dredge them through dips or – here’s a thought – cut up a wedge of Jarlsberg cheese and put it on a cheese board with honey, nuts, fruit and the crackers (recipes are at www.norseland.com). They’re a nice complement to white wine. Find them at most supermarkets for $4 to $5 per 4-ounce bag.

Allen Pierleoni: 916-321-1128, @apierleonisacbe

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