Today’s a big day because we’re talking about one of my favorite food groups: cheese.
Specifically the cheese curd.
Many of you may be well-versed in this Wisconsin delicacy, but let’s just assume some of you have no effin’ clue what I’m talking about or what you’re looking at. Well, buckle up.
When Farm Rich reached out to me and asked if I’d be interested in featuring their new Cheese Curds in a post, it felt like an obvious yes. Not only have I introduced many a Midwestern transplant to the cheese curd (*cough cough* Ryan), but you better believe they’ve also been a mainstay at parties, holidays and many-a game day growing up.
Which gave me the brilliant idea to throw a Midwestern game day, reminiscent of my childhood.
And what do you need to do that? Why, I’m so happy you asked.
Here are my go-tos for creating the perfect, slightly stereotypical Midwestern game day:
- Cheese curds (you saw that coming, I’m sure)
- Organic ketchup to pair with the cheese curds
- Bloody Marys or beer, both of which pair SO good with cheese curds (if you don’t believe me, Google: Cheese Curds & Bloody Marys).
- Pizza or burgers #sorrynotsorry
- Chips, or cheesy nachos (you’re sensing a theme here, I’m sure)
- Salad, because you’re going to need some greens
- Puppy chow or some other easily snackable dessert
Game days are also best when you have a fire going in the fireplace, but if you can’t make that happen – I highly recommend lighting a few candles to get that super cozy feel. We definitely had a pumpkin spice candle going during the entire game, I’ll be honest with you.
Oh and please don’t judge that we are watching the Chargers and not the Packers! The Packers weren’t on TV when we had our little Game Day (for some blasphemous reason) and the Chargers are Ryan’s team, of course. So I made do with what I had.
Some true blue parting words on these breaded Cheddar Cheese Curds though? They’re the real deal. Not sure why, but lots of companies and people try to replicate these and fail TERRIBLY.
But these Farm Rich nuggets could easily be placed in any restaurant around here (or Wisco) and no one would be the wiser. I’m guessing it’s because they’re made with actual Wisconsin cheese from LaGrander’s Hillside Dairy and not that crap out-of-state stuff. #justsayingWorth adding that Ryan also really liked them, which is saying something since can be surprisingly picky (meanwhile I’ll eat anything with cheese in it). And, to me, they taste a little like home, ya know?
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Alright now I shared, so it’s your turn: what’s your go-to game day treat?
And more importantly, have you ever tried a cheese curd? Basically, have you ever lived?
P.S. This post is sponsored, but only because it aligns with everything I’m about on this blog. Anndd it helps me continue to bringing content to you all. Thank you!