This post is a collaboration with Gayo Azul.
I recently had the opportunity to participate in a virtual cooking class with Jen and Jamey and make enchiladas using Gayo Azul Edam and the new Cotija cheese.
Gayo Azul®, the famous Caribbean Hispanic cheesemakers with a Dutch influence, announce the release of a Gayo Azul Cotija cheese, joining its existing product line. With a current assortment of cheeses, Gayo Azul aims to expand the versatility of its flavor further with the new Cotija, offering a sharp, slightly salty flavored cheese with a firm, crumbly texture—perfect for enhancing any Hispanic dish.
Gayo Azul is a Caribbean brand with a strong Dutch influence and a rich history dating back to the 1950s. Dutch cheeses gained quick popularity in the Caribbean due to their ability to retain freshness without the need for refrigeration. Seeing the demand for such cheeses, Gayo Azul began creating their own. Starting as a small company in the Caribbean, Gayo Azul entered the US market in the 1960s and has been growing across the country ever since. Drawing on the rich heritage of both Dutch and Hispanic cheesemaking, Gayo Azul emphasizes authentic flavor and premium quality above all else. The brand is a multi-generational kitchen staple, recognizable by its Blue Rooster logo—Blue Rooster being the English translation of Gayo Azul. The famous Blue Rooster has come to be known as a symbol of outstanding quality cheeses by the community.
The new Gayo Azul Cotija is sure to satisfy fans of cheese and Hispanic dishes alike, adding a sharp, slightly salty flavor and a crumbly texture to a variety of dishes. Cotija is a Mexican-style aged, fresh cow’s milk cheese named after Cotija, Mexico. Cotija cheese is a perfect topping for enhancing any dish, such as street corn, enchiladas, tacos, sandwiches, and more. Gayo Azul Cotija cheese is available exclusively in wedge form.
Gayo Azul products can be found at local grocers throughout the Northeast and Southeast, including BJ’s Wholesale, Fresco Y Mas, Key Foods, Market Basket, Presidente, Publix, Sedano’s, and Winn Dixie Supermarkets, as well as Walmart Supercenters. In addition to the new Cotija cheese, Gayo Azul also offers a variety of products, including Dutch cheeses like Gouda, Edam, and European Swiss and fresh Queso Blanco Queso Para Frier, all available in convenient sizes.
The uses for Gayo Azul Cotija cheese include:
The class was a lot of fun and the enchiladas turned out delicious, we paired them with a watermelon margarita!