Shredded cheese is an ingredient that usually tops off some of the most mouth-watering dishes, and is an easy form of cheese to break down during the melting process.
It’s no fun if you haven’t grown up with cheese all your life, and explored its many tastes and smells as you aged. Before we begin about how shredded cheese is used in cooking and in preparing sauces, we first look into what a turophile is. It simply means, lover of cheese, or one that has a love for cheese. It takes root from the Greek word tyros, meaning cheese and philos meaning, beloved / dear.
There are different kinds of shredded cheese, or what is known as grated cheese, that comes either in blocks that you can grate by hand, or in ready-made form that’s been packed as grated strands. Either way, these grated cheese types come from hard cheese, since they hold together well. We look into how cheese can benefit lovers of this beautiful dairy byproduct. and those who like the occasional cheesy dish.
Shredded Cheese Nutrition
There are different kinds of cheese that come under the shredded / grated category. We cover five kinds of the same under the grated variety.
Nutrition Facts Chart
(100g = 412 Calories)
(100g = 415 Calories)
(100g = 357 Calories)
(100g = 387 Calories)
(100g = 353 Calories)
|Vitamin A||1177 IU||639 IU||825 IU||985 IU||763 IU|
The Health Benefits of Shredded Cheese
So what makes cheese healthy and how can one include this yummy milk product in their diet? Before you start on a regime that includes cheese, find out how it can benefit you in ways that you didn’t even know about.
- For those of you who are on the skinny side and want to pack on some pounds in a healthy and safe manner, then cheese will do that for you. It is full of nutrients that aid the body, and is a great source of fat and muscle-building agents.
- Since women need a lot of calcium in their diet during pregnancy, cheese serves as a great way of supplying this. It can help reduce the impact of contractions, and ensure a more smooth sailing delivery. It can also help in producing milk that is good and rich in nutrients, once the baby arrives.
- It improves one’s metabolism.
- Helps reduce the occurrence of headaches and even migraines.
- Makes one’s bones stronger, and heavier.
- It helps one curb away from problems like osteoporosis.
- Not that you can escape from dental hygiene methods of flossing and brushing your teeth, but cheese is a great way of strengthening teeth, and reducing the chances of having plaque. It also builds saliva within one’s mouth, supplying enough of it to keep the cavity clean.
- Some studies show that cheese could help prevent cancer, specifically colon cancer, due to its high Conjugated Linoleic Acid content.
- Can help reduce the signs of PMS during menstruation.
- Although it can prove to be bad for those suffering from hypertension, one needs to go easy on cheese if high blood pressure levels are elevated.
- Can help strengthen one’s immune system.
- Helps strengthen the liver.
How to Make a Cheese Dip
This dip that I’ve put together can be coupled with anything like say, bread sticks, buffalo wings, fried chicken, steak, pasta, seafood, tortillas and more. Use your own take on how this dip can be used not just as an accompaniment but as a sauce for dishes that need it.
What You’ll Need:
- 200g of Parmesan cheese (shredded)
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 1 tbsp of corn kernels
- 1 tsp of chives
- 1 tsp of chili flakes (add more for spiciness)
- 1 small piece of ginger
- 2 tbsp of olive oil
- 1 tbsp of whole seedless green / black olives
- 1 dollop of sour cream
- 100g of halloumi cheese
Method of Preparation:
Take a deep dish and fill it halfway with water; keep it on the boil and set it on low flame. Place a glass bowl that is slightly bigger than the opening of the dish and let it sit above it, so that it gets indirect heat from the boiling water below. Dump your Parmesan cheese in, keeping the flame on low; let it gradually melt into a nice and thick creamy consistency.
Take the bowl out and pour in your creamy mixture into another bowl, and fold in your sour cream, crushed garlic, corn, chives, ginger and olive oil. Blitz this mixture in a blender for five seconds and then scoop out your mix back into the bowl. Lastly, add in your chili flakes, whole olives, and then garnish with more chives. Once that is done, gently dry roast your halloumi cheese till it turns slightly brown and then serve these as a side dish for your dip – heavenly.
If you’d like to try this dip with other food add-ons, I’d suggest bread sticks or cheese straws (flaky, twisted dough). The combination is flavorful and quite appetizing for those who want a nice douse of something both light and delicious. You can also get creative and pour dip into little canapés filled with a smoked turkey / duck filling.
Shredded cheese is something that can be added last when making a dish, to give it that cheesy finished top layer. Don’t be afraid to experiment with this kind of cheese. Expose your palate to different types of it, to give your senses that jolt in taste and texture. In time you’ll come to love this very important ingredient in fine cooking, and eventually, fall in love with it. Have a ‘cheesy’ day.