Published On: March 1, 2023

It’s always wonderful to keep current with what’s happening on the food landscape! You can discover new things, bring more fun to your life, and delight your friends and family with trending new dishes.  Here at I Love Imported Cheese we’re all about celebrating the craftsmanship and pleasure around imported cheeses. Let’s take a look at what’s to come this year for all you food and cheese lovers!

TikTok’s Influence

There’s no denying it at this point! TikTok is not just about teens and dancing.  This viral social media platform is at the forefront of deciding what your next “must-try” dish will be. Why is this? Watching fast, fun, food videos is the perfect distraction from our busy everyday lives and a great way to showcase how visually delicious food can be.  A perfect example? The Baked Feta trend that we saw everywhere in past years – plan to continue to be inspired by this platform as you plan your menus for 2023. 

Take inspiration from this with our Brie Spaghetti Dish that’s sure to wow your friends and family. Or go for a modern riff on the popular baked feta with our crowd pleasing recipe for Baked Marinara Goat Cheese.

Baked Goat Cheese Marinara Dip small

Baked Goat Cheese Marinara Dip

Pasta Lovers Rejoice

Finally! Our fear of carbs is waning and delicious, heaping bowls of comforting and high end pastas are back on the landscape.  Not to fear, we have plenty of recipes so you can dig right in from our classic Roman One Pan Cacio e Pepe featuring imported Pecorino Romano cheese to our Lamb Bolognese with imported Grana Padano.  Or take things up a notch with our Lobster Pasta with luscious, creamy imported Fromager d’Affinois. This soft, double cream cow’s milk cheese has a bloomy rind similar to Brie. It’s made in the heart of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region from milk that’s gone through ultrafiltration and enriched with cream, which gives it its wonderfully rich and melty texture.

Lamb Bolognese

Lamb Bolognese

Retro Nostalgia

Everything old is new again with classic dishes through the decades making re-appearances on menus everywhere!  The perfect example? Our French Onion Soup with Gruyere Toast.  Popularized in French Bistros and brought to the US in the 1970’s by chefs like Julia Child – to the point where even everyday diner menus offer it!  Make a batch for your next dinner party for a comfort food classic nostalgia dish. Or bring back another classic with our Havarti Fondue with Spinach and Artichokes – it combines 1970’s fondue with 1980’s California dips in bread bowls for a shareable party dish everyone will love.

Havarti Spinach

Havarti Spinach Fondue

World Cuisines

As our palates continue to expand and our world becomes smaller; we’ll continue to seek out exciting new flavors, cuisines, and ingredients to try.  And it’s easier than ever to do that with cheeses from around the world!  Our Saag Paneer is a fantastic Indian food classic  This comforting, savory stew of spiced sautéed spinach with rich imported Paneer Cheese originates in Punjab, India, where greens grow in abundance! But this dish is really all about the mild, dense, cheese which adds both richness and a fantastic firm bite next to the soft creamy greens. It’s traditionally served with basmati rice and naan for an easy meatless meal or side dish.  Another unique cheese to try is Halloumi.  This firm, “sqeaky” sheep’s milk cheese from Cyprus is so dense that it can be grilled, breaded, or fried while holding it’s texture.  We love it in our Halloumi Fries with Harrisa Dipping Sauce which gives the bonus world flavor boost from Harissa; a Tunisian red pepper hot sauce.  

Grilled Halloumi Cheese

Halloumi Fries

PS: We’ll award extra trend points for these last two dishes that also happen to be vegetarian! Plant forward diets and vegetarian recipes like these will continue to be popular in 2023 both for health and environmental impact reasons.