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    Sub for fontina cheese?

    I'm making the Rustic Tomato-Basil Tart out of CL July '03 and can't find fontina cheese. What other cheese could I use? Mozzerella?

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    Fontina is a nutty cheese that melts easily. I think you could subsitute just about any cheese that falls into this category. My top picks would be mozzarella, asiago, provolone or gruyere cheese.

    That tart looks great. Let us know how it works out!

    Krital

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    I vote for gruyere. There was a CL tomato-basil pizza a while back that called for gruyere cheese. I've made it a number of times. I love the flavor of the gruyere.

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    How about Dutch Parano? It's nutty, mildly tangy, and melts easily....
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    I'll vote for Gruyere, too, or a mild Swiss. Definitely not Provolone, which is much smokier than Fontina, even if you don't get the aged, sharp variety.

    Cheers,
    Phoebe

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    How about Gouda? That's a nutty, mild cheese with the same consistency as fontina. Just be sure not to get the smoked kind, which tastes very different.
    -Rebecca


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    I think Fontina smells just like garbage (and tastes just like garbage smells), so I always, always sub something for it, almost always Gruyere.
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    Gruyere, all the way! I love that cheese!
    Dianne

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    Another vote for

    Gruyere!!
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