Monday, October 11, 2010

Finlandia Review and Free Cheese! (Closed)



A while back I was contacted by the people at Finlandia cheese. They sent me a few good looking recipes for their cheese and said they'd like for me to blog about them, the only problem was I didn't have any of their cheese! So they sent me a couple coupons for Finlandia cheese and they sent a couple for you too! Continue reading the rest of this post to find out how you can win some Finlandia cheese.



Before I tell you about this recipe, I wanted to tell you about Finlandia. They did not ask me to make any specific recipe, nor did they ask me glorify their product. But I do find it necessary to tell you a bit about their product, because I believe it is unique from other cheese makers. Finlandia cheese is the #1 imported cheese in the country. And because they care what goes into the cheese you consume, Finlandia's line of cheeses are also natural, lactose-free and hormone free. Read more here and here. Can you say that about your cheese?



To compliment the Finlandia Gouda cheese, I made a spicy chipotle chicken breast and topped it off with smoky bacon and a slice of Gouda. I got inspiration for the chicken from Maranda of Jolts & Jollies, but I changed things up a bit. It was the tiniest bit sweet, but smoky, spicy and delicious. It paired perfectly with the Gouda, which tasted like a cross between Swiss and Cheddar and the slightest bit sharp. I baked the chicken, but if you'd prefer to grill it or pan fry it or use bone-in chicken, just make the marinade and prepare it the way you wish. To win some Finlandia cheese, scroll down!



 Chipotle BBQ Chicken w/ Bacon and Gouda from Monica H inspired by Jolts & Jollies
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  • 1/8 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 small tomato, cut into quarters
  • 1-2 Tablespoons chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
  • 2-3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

In the blender or a food processor, combine the lemon juice, soy sauce, honey, brown sugar, tomato and chipotle peppers and pulse til uniformly blended.

In a bowl or ziploc bag, add chicken and half of the marinade, coating the chicken thoroughly. Allow to stand at room temperature for 10 minutes.

Place marinated chicken in greased Pyrex pan; discarding used marinade.

Bake chicken at 375 degrees F for 35-40 minutes, basting with fresh marinade every 10-15 minutes. Bake til internal temperature reads 160 degrees on a meat thermometer.

The last 5 minutes of cooking, add cooked bacon slices and Finlandia Gouda or Cheddar cheese to the top of the chicken breasts. Bake til cheese is melted. Remove from oven.

Allow chicken to rest for about 5 minutes before serving.



I have two coupons for free cheese from Finlandia. If you're interested in trying out their natural, lactose and hormone-free cheese, then please visit their website and then leave me a comment on this post telling me what cheese you'd like to try and what you'd make using their cheese!

Open to US residents only. I will pick two winners later in the week so be sure to leave me your contact info or you can't win!
Thanks Finlandia!

37 comments:

Cheryl F. {The Lucky Ladybug} said...

I'd love to try Finlandia's Imported Double Gloucester on sandwiches :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!
theluckyladybug[at]gmail[dot]com

becca said...

I would love to try the Munster cheese. It's one of my favorites for making grilled cheese sandwiches. =)

Sarah said...

I would love to try their Gouda! And I wouldn't make anything with it; I would just eat it! Yum!

Avril said...

Well, this chicken looks just d'lish! Nice to see a cheese that melts so well AND is lactose free. :-)

Jennifer Pemberton said...

Sounds yummy! I have to admit I shuddered when I saw the picture of the can of chipotles in adobo. My daughter, during a tantrum in the grocery store (because I wouldn't let her ride standing up) took the exact same can out of the shopping cart and threw it at my foot. My poor toe was gushing blood, and it's still healing six weeks later. Despite that event, I still love chipotles!

Jennifurla said...

I will take the Havarti, greatest cheese of all time. I will make some dory of mushroom and havarti Quesadilla...with a decadent sauce!

sarahe said...

i would have to get some of the swiss for my husband's favorite chicken cordon bleu, but then maybe some of the double gloucester for me!

chocolatecoveredgummiebears said...

I would love to try their muenster and Swiss! I would go for some stacked grilled sandwiches including caramelized onions, bacon, roast beef and grilled red bell peppers. MMMM!

kelgirl105 at yahoo.com said...

I would love to try the munster cheese! I am really picky about my grilled cheese-- the cheese has to be melty and this cheese looks like it would do just that! MMMMM

Horse Filled Days said...

I would love to try their Munster and Swiss cheese, and would like to try the Chicken Manicotti recipe from their website using the Swiss....YUM!!

djmelton[at]twlakes[dot]net

Horse Filled Days said...

Oh...and I forgot to add that I ADORE this blog! I just discovered it a few days ago, and I am still going through the archives and looking at every single post and recipe, LOL. Everything you make (or bake) looks delicious, and your pictures are absolutely stunning! And, I love Autumn...she is just beautiful! Can't wait to visit everyday and see what yummy recipes are next!

Natasha @ Saved by the Egg Timer said...

I always buy hormone free cheese, so important to me. I will try this the next time I go to my Cub. Deli cheese hardly ever has the cheap potato starches in it too, gonna check it out!

Anonymous said...

I love cheese..... I don't believe there is a cheese that I've tried that I didn't like. I would go with the Gouda and the Muenster cheese. I would make a classic grill cheese sandwich using both cheeses or either I would just put it on some crackers...

Kimberly M.
mskmincey@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

yummm. love good cheese. i would probably get gouda - maybe eat it w/ crackers and some apples or put some in a quiche.

jacquieastemborski AT comcast DOT net

Heather said...

Um, what to try? Bacon and Gouda Biscuits! Is there any better sounding combination? My husband would love me forever :)

I'd like to try the Gouda!

Heather

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

I'm a cheese addict and this recipe looks really good. I don't think this product is available in my area, at least I'm not familiar with it...so, sadly I won't enter the giveaway. I don't want to by chance win and not be able to use the coupon.

jajb.lilly said...

I would probably go for the swiss cheese and use it to make my family's favorite chicken dish. Swiss chicken!

Jenn
jajb.lilly@gmail.com

OvenDelights said...

Your chicken looks amazing! I would certainly love to have some of that cheese! I probably would choose the muenster cheese, would use it in my jalapeno and cheese tamales!

Mimi said...

Hi Monica,
I'm an occasional visitor to your blog and I have to see that I just watched your video and wanted to tell you how impressed I am. You did an absolutely fantastic job. I need to become a follower so I don't miss your next one.
Mimi
btw Nothing would be better than to enjoy a glass of wine wine some fabulous swiss or harvarti cheese

tamilyn said...

I love Gouda, Swiss, a good Havarti. I will have to look closer at the cheese counter at our store-don't know that I've seen it.

To be honest, I was thinking you were posting about Finlandia vodka-another of my favorites!

Ashley said...

I could not live without cheese. I would love to try using their swiss cheese on homemade French Onion soup!

Kerri said...

I would go with swiss and havarti. Swiss to use with chicken and havarti for a bison burger! YUMMY

Maria said...

Gouda for me! Great recipe here! Looks comforting!

Donna-FFW said...

Just went through a bunch of your posts I have missed while I was gone.. GOOD FREAKING STUFF!! That pie below..Oh lord!

Chicken looks fantastic. Hope to be around more consistently..Missed you too!

Sara said...

I would like to try the Havarti cheese. I just saw a fabulous receipe for a italian panini. yum!!

Sampada said...

Hi Monica,
Very useful chicken recipe with chipotle peppers in adobo sauce..We are big fans of chipotle in adobo sauce..

Thanks for the giveaway..
I would like to try Imported Havarti cheese slices. I have recently tried a sandwich which has chicken in chipotle peach with melted havarti cheese. It was heaven...

Get Inspired said...

Probably the Gouda and munster cheese.

Debbie said...

I would try the munster cheese since that is a favorite of mine. Your dish looks very tasty and delicious!!!

Nancy said...

Havarti for smoked turkey and Havarti sandwiches.

Andrew's Mom said...

Swiss and Havarti - I would like to try - I make a great swiss and bacon waffle - so good.

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

Very yummy! That dish looks SO delish. My tummy is grumbling now :)

If I won (thanks for the opportuinity!) I pick the Muenster, or maybe the Havarti...hmm or maybe the Gouda hehe! I just got a sandwhich press so this would be a great opportunity to fire that baby up and make a panini!

Maranda said...

Wow that chicken looks good! I probably never would have thought to melt some cheese over that chicken. Oh I am SO doing this! Great job! I think I need some of that gouda so I can make this myself!

Lalycairn said...

Hmmm I'm always greedy to try everything - so I'd go with the Deli Best Collection. I'd make grilled ham and cheese with the swiss - and raspberry dipping sauce to go with it. Havarti I'd eat by the slice - and the Cheddar and Gouda slices would go in my daughter's lunches with lunch meat and crackers. :)

The chicken looked great. Do you ever do Montery Chicken? Seems like it'd be a natural for this cheese - a little barbq, a little bacon, a little cheese. . . YUM!

Heather said...

I love Gouda and Swiss! Both are perfect on a grilled turkey and cheese sandwhich!

Jessie said...

I would try the Swiss in a stuffed chicken breast dish. Yum!

Ingrid said...

Looks pretty good!

I don't think I've ever seen that cheese in Publix. I'll have to keep my eye out for it the next time I'm there.
~ingrid

Anonymous said...

My daughter-in-law was just diagnosed as being lactose intolerant and she loves cheese as much as I do. So it is wonderful to know that Finlandia's cheeses are lactose free. We have always enjoyed their light swiss, but I'd love to try to double Gloucester and make my daughter-in-law a grilled cheese sandwich!

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