When we visited BelGioioso, Master Cheesemaker Gianni Tofolon explained how BelGioioso comes up with their original cheeses – when the bosses are away in Italy, the cheese makers take the opportunity to make something new. You might think that a company that makes such wonderful aged parmasean style cheeses wouldn’t keep innovating, but they do, and Crescenza-Stracchino is the beautiful outcome of one of these clandestine cheese making ventures.
Tofolon explained that Crescenza-Stracchino is based on a seasonal cheese from Northern Italy. The name Stracchino alludes to the tired (or “stracca”) cows after they travel up and down the mountains.
The taste is best explained as a cross between a fresh buttermilk and a mild brie. The buttermilk flavor is a key player, and the texture stays almost liquid, but the mild brie flavor mellows the acidity and makes for a very refreshing cheese.
This is a cheese that is a real table side winner. Put it on a cheese plate as a counterpoint to aged flavors, or just serve it on crackers as a snack. Or, sneak all that you can onto every piece of left-over baguette you can find.