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Baked Formaggella della Val Trompia Recipe

Ingredients with Measurements:
- 1 Formaggella della Val Trompia cheese (about 8 oz)
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped
- 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
- Salt and pepper, to taste

Special equipment needed:
- Oven-safe baking dish
- Aluminum foil

Step-by-step instructions:
1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
2. Remove the Formaggella della Val Trompia cheese from its packaging and place it in an oven-safe baking dish.
3. Using a sharp knife, make a few shallow cuts on the top of the cheese.
4. In a small bowl, mix together the minced garlic, chopped rosemary, and olive oil.
5. Spoon the garlic-rosemary mixture over the top of the cheese, making sure to get it into the cuts.
6. Season the cheese with salt and pepper, to taste.
7. Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil, making sure it is tightly sealed.
8. Bake the cheese in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until it is hot and bubbly.
9. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 5-10 minutes, or until the top is golden brown.
10. Remove the cheese from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes before serving.

- Time:
Preparation time: 10 minutes
- Cooking time: 25-35 minutes
- Preheat the oven to 375°F.
Serving size:
- This recipe serves 2-4 people.

Nutritional information:
- Calories: 300
- Fat: 25g
- Carbohydrates: 1g
- Protein: 18g

Substitutions for ingredients:
- If you can't find Formaggella della Val Trompia cheese, you can use another soft, creamy cheese like brie or camembert.

- Instead of garlic and rosemary, try using other herbs and spices like thyme, oregano, or red pepper flakes.
- Add some chopped nuts or dried fruit to the top of the cheese before baking for extra flavor and texture.

Tips and tricks:
- Make sure to tightly seal the aluminum foil over the baking dish to keep the cheese from drying out.
- Serve the baked cheese with some crusty bread or crackers for dipping.

Storage instructions:
- Store any leftover baked cheese in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Reheating instructions:
- To reheat the leftover cheese, place it in a 350°F oven for 5-10 minutes, or until it is hot and bubbly.

Presentation ideas:
- Serve the baked cheese on a wooden board or platter with some fresh herbs and sliced fruit for a beautiful presentation.

- Garnish the baked cheese with some additional chopped herbs or a drizzle of honey for extra flavor.

- Pair the baked cheese with a full-bodied red wine like a cabernet sauvignon or a syrah.

Suggested side dishes:
- Serve the baked cheese with some roasted vegetables or a simple green salad for a balanced meal.

Troubleshooting advice:
- If the cheese is not hot and bubbly after the initial baking time, leave it in the oven for a few more minutes until it is fully melted.

Food safety advice:
- Make sure to use an oven-safe baking dish and handle the hot cheese carefully to avoid burns.

Food history:
- Formaggella della Val Trompia is a soft, creamy cheese from the Lombardy region of Italy. It is made from cow's milk and has a mild, buttery flavor.

Flavor profiles:
- The baked Formaggella della Val Trompia cheese has a rich, creamy flavor with hints of garlic and rosemary.

Serving suggestions:
- Serve the baked cheese as an appetizer or as part of a cheese board for a special occasion.

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Region: Italian

Taste: Creamy, Savory, Cheesy, Nutty, Aromatic