What’s the tastiest way to eat it?
Fluffy threads of Armenian string cheese will disappear bowl by bowl in front of mindlessly chatting company. Unlike denser cheeses, its saltiness and airiness make it easy to eat, and eat, and eat... not unlike potato chips. Pair with Kalamata olives and pistachios for a low maintenance munchies spread. Chavushian points out that the cheese’s uses extend far beyond the appetizer course, tasting great in a sandwich with tomatoes and cucumbers. He even has customers who bite into a hunk of it like an apple.
We also return to the American string cheese comparison once again. Instead of packing a stick of Kraft in your bag to snack on at lunch, why not bring a plastic baggy of Chechil on the road with you? Sure it’s a bit more work, but the peppery kick and fresher taste make it worth the labor of love.
Feel free to get creative with it and throw some shreds as topping on heartier entrees, too, like stuffed peppers. As a mild cheese, it tastes super flavorful eaten fresh as opposed to baked or cooked into other dishes, but feel free to experiment with it just like you would with any other versatile ingredient. It’s delicious on a DIY English muffin pizza or stuffed in an omelette.
Where can I find it?
Armenian markets will of course carry this cheese, as will many Middle Eastern and international food stores. But even more popular grocers like Wegmans sell Armenian string cheese. If you’re not near any of these types of stores, you can also order it on Amazon.