I will be making Barefoot Contessa's Penne with Five Cheeses next weekend for a bridal shower. However, I am unable to locate the Fontina cheese in the recipe (I'm in England right now -- I know I can get it in the US).
Here is the recipe. What would you substitute? Gouda? Any suggestions??????
PENNE WITH FIVE CHEESES from Barefoot Contessa
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup crushed tomatoes in thick tomato puree
1/2 cup freshly grated Pecorino Romano (1 1/2 ounces)
1/2 cup shredded imported Italian fontina (1 1/2 ounces)
1/4 cup crumbled Italian Gorgonzola (1 1/2 ounces)
2 Tablespoon ricotta cheese
1/4 pound fresh mozzarella, sliced
6 fresh basil leaves, chopped
1 pound imported penne rigate pasta
4 Tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
Preheat the oven to 500 degrees.
Bring 5 quarts of salted water to a boil in a stockpot.
Combine all the ingredients except the penne and butter in a large mixing bowl. Mix well.
Drop the penne into the boiling water and parboil for 4 minutes. Drain well in a colander and add to the ingredients in the mixing bowl, tossing to combine.
Divide the pasta mixture among 6 shallow ceramic gratin dishes (1 1/2-to 2-cup capacity). Dot with the butter and bake until bubbly and brown on top, 7 to 10 minutes.
I just tried Fontina a couple weeks ago (I made that lasagna with Fontina and mushrooms) and A. and I thought it was most reminiscent of a mild Swiss or maybe Jarlsberg, with a touch of mozzarella -- a hint of Swiss-like nuttiness of flavour, but a slightly more unctuous texture. I would use a shy, retiring Swiss-type cheese as a sub.
I make this dish often. When I can't get to one of the specialty stores, I will either substitue Fontina for Monterey Jack or Muenster, or just add more Mozzerella.
Gruyere sounds like a good sub to me. This is from foodsubs.com:
fontina Pronunciation: fon-TEE-nuh Substitutes: Gruyère OR Emmental OR Edam OR Gouda OR Bel Paese OR Appenzell OR provolone OR rablochon
Gouda is fine. But what I have found is if a store don't have fontina, it may not have gouda.
Here is the list of substitutes from Cook's Thesaurus.
Cook's Thesaurus: Semi-Soft Cheeses
...Bel Paese Pronunciation: BEHL-pie-eh-zeh Substitutes: Fontina OR Gouda OR Samsoe OR brick cheese OR jack OR Muenster OR mozzarella bocconcini Pronunciation: BOK-kuhn-CHEE-nee Notes: These are small morsels of mozzarella...
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