(NewsUSA) - High-quality ingredients make any meal shine, whether it be a weeknight pasta or a lavish holiday dinner.
Take feta cheese, a favorite among food enthusiasts for its fresh, rich and tangy flavor. The 2008 ChefsBest award, a prize given by an independent judging organization that tests America's best food products, went to President Crumbled Feta (www.PresidentCheese.com), a cheese available in most grocery stores. The ChefsBest awards are judged by a panel of professional chefs looking to find the highest-quality, American-made ingredients.
Feta is the perfect cheese for salads and is great sprinkled over pizza or sliced in sandwiches. It pairs well with olives, cucumbers, herbs de Provence, tomatoes, beets, endive, dill and mint. The soft cheese crumbles easily, effortlessly bringing complexity to vegetable dishes. Because a little goes a long way, with meals using feta cheese, you can eat less and still feel satisfied.
If you're one of the many Americans hoping to create more gourmet recipes at home, try these two salads. Both use fresh vegetables and feta to create a simple lunch or a satisfying accompaniment to pasta or chicken.