Zamora, a charming province in northwest Spain, hallmarked with Romanesque structures, historic fortresses and the quiet solitude of nature, falls outside the usual Castilla y Leon tourist trails. Until very recently, the superb Queso Crudo Oveja Ciudad de Sansueña (Raw Sheep Cheese of Sansueña City) has been a largely unknown treasure of the region.
For over three generations Lacteas Zamoro has been making authentic Sansueña in coordination with local farmers. This artisan cheese is tangibly likened to a more mellow, aged Manchego, but only sampling will reveal its distinct, full regional flavor qualities. Sansueña’s fermentation is achieved solely from the raw milk’s natural bacteria; no yeast or preservatives are added. After being hand pressed and molded, 11 months of curing affords Sansueña a straw-colored interior and dense yet sheep’s-milk-creamy smooth texture.
Once one of Spain’s best-kept secrets, Crudo Oveja Ciudad de Sansueña is now offered for a world of new palates to enjoy.
Applications: Sansueña Artisan Raw Sheep’s Milk Cheese is excellent shredded and combined into a lightly fried croquette with Serrano Ham and served alongside quince paste, or when used in a traditional Spanish torta filled with eggs, onions and potatoes. Of course Sansueña is also great served simply on a cheese platter surrounded by fresh fruit.
Pairings: The rule of thumb when pairing wine and cheese is “keep it local”. In the case of Sansueña, the nearby area of Toro produces some of the best, most concentrated red wines in Europe. These tempranillo based wines make a perfect foil to Sansueña’s full flavor.
Membrillo Quince Paste by Don Juan
Product Details: #563761 | 12/300 g
The golden-yellow quince fruit is a relative of the apple and pear and native to the Caucasus region between Europe and Asia. This unique fruit cannot be eaten raw and is typically cooked to yield a sweet, candied paste also called membrillo. Don Juan quince paste is hand crafted in Malaga, Spain using artisan techniques with only the highest quality fruit. No additives, preservatives or artificial colors are used in production. This traditional Spanish snack features a sweet floral bouquet, slight tang and delicate overtones, making it an ideal complement to cheese.