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What is Fontinella Cheese?

A thick wedge of fontina cheese which should not be confused with Fontinella® cheese.
Omelets may feature fontinella cheese.
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Fontinella® cheese should not be confused with the Italian made fontina cheese, which is a creamy semi-hard cheese that is celebrated. Fontinella®, though sounding Italian, is actually made in North America, and has been produced for roughly a century. It is also a semi-hard cheese, but it has a tangy flavor, melts well and has a creamy texture that many people enjoy.

Right now the only brand that produces Fontinella® cheese on a widescale basis is the Stella label, which is a subset of the Saputo Cheese Company. Saputo manufactures and distributes cheeses in both the US and Canada. However Saputo’s fontinella® cheese is manufactured exclusively in the US and the cheese name is a registered trademark.

Given that it is currently only manufactured by one company, it’s fairly easy to describe. Stella Fontinella® cheese is a cow’s milk cheese, white in color, and deriving tang from several months of aging. It is made in rounds but usually sold in half pound to pound increments (.23-.45 kg). Price will vary depending upon your vendor, but you can expect to pay about $6-$8 US Dollars (USD) per half pound.

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You can use Fontinella® in a variety of ways. Its tangy flavor makes it excellent served just as is, or paired with other cheeses and fruits on a cheese plate. It can add spice and flavor as part of the mix of cheeses that top a pizza, or you can grate or cube it for delicious chef salads. It makes a good substitute for parmesan, asiago, and romano cheese, and can easily be used in place of these cheeses over pasta or to top minestrone soup.

Sandwiches or panini (grilled sandwiches) can be excellent in taste with Fontinella® cheese. Try a thin slice or two with grilled veggies or to compliment sweet ham. Alternately, grate a bit of the cheese over bruschetta for delicious flavor. You can also add it to omelets or quiche to give sharp tanginess to these.

As expected with whole milk cheese, calorie content is not exactly low. A one-ounce (28.35 g) serving has 110 calories. It also contains a whopping 28% of the US recommended daily allowance of saturated fat, and is fairly high in sodium. In moderation, though, Fontinella®: cheese can be an excellent addition to many meals. You’ll find the cheese at many large grocery stores, and delis, or you can order it from quite a few Internet companies.

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anon353860
Post 9

When I cut fontinella cheese it has a white liquid that comes out. Why?

anon147769
Post 8

can I use this cheese in mac and cheese. It calls for fontina cheese. I couldn't find it. I thought the two were the same.

anon147767
Post 7

does this cheese work well with homemade mac and cheese.

anon109734
Post 6

I live in Elkhart In. I have enjoyed Fontinella for 15 years and there is no replacement. If you like wine and crackers with cheese, fontinella makes an excellent match.

anon41516
Post 5

Meijer carries Fontinella cheese by Stella.

anon35780
Post 4

Can't find Fontinella either; have been using Asiago. Texture and flavor both seem pretty close to the Fontinella we've had in restaurants.

anon35172
Post 3

Try Kasseri, also made by Stella. It's very similar to Fontinella.

anon33412
Post 2

I need a replacement for fontinella.

cfrmom
Post 1

The grocery store that usually carries Stella Fontinella, no longer does. I need a substitute. Can I use fontina? It's just for a salad - also uses shredded provolone.

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