Whenever I’m homesick, I find consolation in whatever Brazilian food I can locate stateside. Besides a good cachaça, Catupiry cheese usually does the trick and isn’t too hard to find.

Catupiry was created in 1911 by a couple of Italian immigrants living in Brazil, and the recipe remains a secret to this day. It’s a soft, tangy cheese, similar to cream cheese but less sweet. It’s pretty good spread on crackers, but it tastes even better when added to pizza or shrimp dishes.

Catupiry Cheese, $29.90 for a package of two

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