Frico Landkaas stuffed dates and the ultimate thyme mushroom toastie

Frico Cheese platter

This is a sponsored post by Nuffnang & Frico

With the silly season upon us and friends dropping in (yes I’m happy to say that we are making new friends in our new town) I always like to have the fridge well stocked with nibbles and cheeses as well as the wine and bubbles! You know responsible service of alcohol and all that so I was delighted when some Frico Landkaas landed at our door and so were the friends who popped by to taste test too!

Frico Landkaas cheese

Fricotastic!

 

I’ve only recently been introduced to the Dutch cheese brand Frico who are giving the Swiss a challenge with their range of semi hard cheeses.  While they are new to me Frico have been making cheeses with the same original recipes since 1898. So what the Frico is Landkaas you ask?  Think Jarlsburg but even tastier, mild and creamy with a sweet nutty finish. You can taste the lush green pastures of the Netherlands!

Obviously you can eat it is just as it is and admire the “round eye” that it has (did you know that there is a category of cheeses called the “round eye category”, no, neither did I, but we do now!) I thought to make that ol’ cheese platter just a little bit fancier why not stuff some dates with it.  So good & so easy to do and really takes the humble cheese platter to another level.  You want to use big plumper dates (medjool are good ones) and then just make a cut along the middle, push out the seed and then put a wedge of Landkaas inside.  The sweet, creamy, melt in your mouth sensation is delicious!

Frico Landkaas stuffed dates

The Frico Edam & Spiced Gouda are also really good, everyone agreed! You can find out more about the range of Frico cheeses here

 

With all the festivities of the season when it gets to the end of the weekend you don’t always feel like cooking a full meal do you? No!  I’m a particular fan of a dish that can equally be served up as breakfast, lunch or dinner or anything in between as well, the classic toastie is one of those.  I thought I’d try out the Landkaas in a toastie but to change up our regular ham & cheese toastie to match the class of the cheese (think natural, no preservatives or additives) I thought we’d give a Thyme Mushroom Toastie a go, a little bit gourmet.

Thyme Mushroom toastie with Landkaas

Best to use a sandwich maker for your toastie but if you don’t have one (like me), using the grill is also fine.

What you need (to make 1):

2 slices of your favourite bread (I used a spelt sourdough)

1 Tbsp Dijon mustard

a knob of butter

3 – 4 mushroom, finely sliced

1 Tbs thyme, leaves only

2 thin slices of Frico Landkaas

a handful of baby spinach leaves

salt & pepper to taste

What you do:

Melt the butter in a small fry pan, while this is happening spread the dijon generously over both slices of bread. Put one slice of Landkaas on top of the bottom piece of bread

Put the mushrooms and thyme into the frypan and cook over a medium/high heat for 4 – 5 minutes until the mushrooms are soft. Season with salt & pepper to taste.

Place the cooked mushrooms on top of the cheese on the bottom piece of bread and then top with the baby spinach and other Landkaas slice.  Put the other piece of bread on top and then transfer to the toastie maker (or griller) and cook until the bread is toasted and the cheese is melting.

Enjoy!

Frico Landkaas can be found in the deli section at Woolworths.

I’m off to try it in pizza scrolls now for the girls lunch boxes.

*I was given the Frico Landkaas cheese to try but, as always, all thoughts, words and opinions are my own

What’s your favourite way to make a toastie? Will you get Frico Festive this silly season?

 

 

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14 comments on “Frico Landkaas stuffed dates and the ultimate thyme mushroom toastie

  1. Tania | My Kitchen Stories
    November 30, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    Great ideas Vicki. It’s a good one to cook with isn’t it?. I had no doubt you would make friends very quickly

    • Vicki
      December 2, 2015 at 10:04 pm

      Thanks Tania, it’s a very friendly place!

  2. Emily
    December 1, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    Thyme mushroom toastie. Drool. #teamIBOT

    • Vicki
      December 2, 2015 at 10:05 pm

      I’ve had it about 4 days in a row now!

  3. Hugzilla
    December 1, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    OMG this looks absolutely AMAZEBALLS!!! I could smash one of these right now.

    • Vicki
      December 2, 2015 at 10:06 pm

      It even made me eye off a proper sandwich maker today – just to add to the collection of kitchen gadgets so I can make even better ones!

  4. stephanie@stephsjoy
    December 1, 2015 at 7:57 pm

    I like Jarlsberg, will have to see if I can find it at the supermarket!

    • Vicki
      December 2, 2015 at 10:08 pm

      I found them in Woolies – would be interested to see how you compare them!

  5. peregrinationgourmande
    December 2, 2015 at 11:04 pm

    miam! cheese and strawberry! You know how to live lady!!! Too bad I can’t bring you french cheese in my suitcase…
    xx cathy

    • Vicki
      December 3, 2015 at 8:56 pm

      I know, sigh….but we can make sure we enjoy anyway

  6. Lauren @ Create Bake Make
    December 4, 2015 at 6:52 am

    Ooh I LOVE Cheese! I like to make my toasties under the grill, now you’ve got me craving one for breakfast! Thanks for linking up with us for Fabulous Foodie Fridays x

    • Vicki
      December 7, 2015 at 10:13 pm

      There’s something about toasties isn’t there, when you see one you want one!

  7. Lucy @ Bake Play Smile
    December 4, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    Oooh those cheeses look great. And that TOASTIE!! Geez that is definitely calling my name. I’m a big fan of cooking a toastie in the frying pan! Thanks so much for linking up with our Fabulous Foodie Fridays party! xx

    • Vicki
      December 7, 2015 at 10:14 pm

      Oh I’ll have to try the fry pan toastie.

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