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Old Amsterdam: The perfect choice for Christmas cheeseboards

6th November 2012 Print
Old Amsterdam - cheeseboard

With the festive season upon us, now is the time to start planning party foods and no Christmas dining occasion is complete without a traditional cheeseboard. Impress your party guests with new Old Amsterdam – a gourmet Dutch cheese with a smooth, creamy texture and a rich nutty flavour.

Old Amsterdam is available on supermarket shelves and deli counters now. It can be enjoyed as an after-dinner savoury treat with a bold red wine and water biscuits, with sweet condiments such as honey-mustard or chutney, and with selections of seasonal nuts such as pistachios or almonds to cleanse the palate. It comes coated in a sleek, black wax and is an indulgent alternative to Gouda.

So if you are having friends round for a festive get-together, having Christmas dinner with the family or simply want to treat yourself, Old Amsterdam is the cheese of choice this season.

A high quality, versatile, matured cheese, Old Amsterdam can also be grated, sliced, melted and cooked as part of a main course meal, a starter or appetiser or on its own as a snack. Old Amsterdam tastes best when brought to room temperature for at least one hour before serving.

Look out for it on cheese counters in Waitrose, Tesco, Booths and Morrisons, as well as independent delis and fine food shops across the UK. RRP approx £2.49 per 150g.

Chris Chisnall, spokesperson for Old Amsterdam says: “Old Amsterdam is ripened to perfection and has a mouth-watering smooth, robust taste with sweet tones and a slight crunch of ripening crystals. It is the perfect addition to Christmas cheeseboards and also works well when cooked as an appetiser or entrée alongside asparagus, or with salmon or ham.”

In 2011, Old Amsterdam won the Supreme prize at the Yorkshire Show and since then it has had a boost in demand and is fast becoming the cheese on every cheese lover’s lips.

In addition, Old Amsterdam has also scooped accolades including winning silver in the World Cheese Awards 2011, the Best Continental Cheese at the 2011 Bath and West Show and the 2011 International Cheese Awards Cheese Lovers Trophy and Reserve Continental Champion.

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Old Amsterdam - cheeseboard