Raucherkäse (Cheeseo affumicato)*

Raucherkäse, also known as Cheeseo affumicato, is a type of smoked cheese that originates from the Bolzano region in Italy. This cheese is popular for its distinct smoky flavor and is commonly used in various dishes. It can be found in several towns and communes in Bolzano, including Bolzano itself, Merano, Bressanone, and Laives.

In Bolzano, you can find Raucherkäse in specialty cheese shops such as Caseificio Alto Adige and Latteria Merano. These stores offer a wide range of local cheeses, including the smoked variety. In Merano, you can also find Raucherkäse in the famous Merano Market, where local vendors sell a variety of regional products.

One popular recipe that incorporates Raucherkäse is the South Tyrolean Speckknödel. This dish consists of dumplings made with smoked cheese, speck (smoked ham), and bread crumbs. Another delicious recipe is the Raucherkäse Spätzle, which is a traditional German dish made with homemade pasta, smoked cheese, and caramelized onions.

Raucherkäse has been recognized with the PAT (Traditional Agri-Foodstuffs) recognition, which aims to protect and promote traditional food products in Italy. The specifications for Raucherkäse include using raw cow’s milk, smoking the cheese over beech wood, and aging it for a minimum of three months. This recognition ensures the authenticity and quality of the cheese.

Sources:
– “Cheeseo Affumicato” – Caseificio Alto Adige (caseificioaltoadige.it)
– “Cheeseo Affumicato” – Latteria Merano (latteriamerano.it)
– “Speckknödel” – Visit South Tyrol (visitsouthtyrol.com)
– “Raucherkäse Spätzle” – The Spruce Eats (thespruceeats.com)
– “Cheeseo Affumicato” – Prodotti Tipici (prodottitipici.it)