Etorki is a cheese from French Basque region of the Pyrénées. “Etorki” means “origin” and has been produced in the Basque country for over 4000 years. We received a sample of this excellent Basque cheese from Ile De France who distributes this cheese in the US.
This hard cheese is made of sheep’s milk and has a pretty orange rind. Inside, it is bright ivory with a rich buttery texture and a slightly sweet taste with a nutty finish.
Etorki is delicious with fresh crusty bread and cold cuts for a nice weekend lunch. It is also terrific when melted. Since April is a National Grilled Cheese Month, I decided to make a special Basque-style grilled cheese sandwich using Etorki cheese, roasted Piquillo pepper, and Basque-style chorizo.
A combination of these ingredients was fantastic, and we really enjoyed this delicious grilled cheese sandwich.
Ingredients: (1 large sandwich)
Butter or olive oil
2 large slices of Pain de campagne (French Country bread)
2 large slices of Etorki (the approximate size of the bread slices)
3 slices of Basque or Spanish-style chorizo
2 roasted Piquillo peppers, drained, seeds removed, patted dry
Pre-heat the grill. Lightly butter the bread slices or brush them with oil. Grill on one side until lightly browned, then flip over. Place one slice of cheese on each slice of the bread. Grill for about a minute, then top one slice with peppers and chorizo. Cover with the other slice of bread. Grill until lightly browned on the bottom, flip over, and cook for a little bit longer until the cheese is melted.