The wide world of cheese gets wider by the day as more and more farmers and cheese scientists alike experiment with cheese-making. In fact, the world of cheese is so big, there are whole careers dedicated to becoming cheese experts.
For the home cook though, sometimes you just want some cheese to top your burgers and pastas and don’t have the time to become a cheese master. Does your recipe call for Dubliner cheese? Don’t have any? Don’t know what it is? No problem, here’s how you can substitute for Dubliner cheese.
Dubliner can be substituted with any aged cheddar cheese. In order to replicate the flavor of Dubliner cheese in a recipe, make sure you go for the extra sharp-aged cheddar. If possible, mix some aged sharp cheddar with some Parmigiano-Reggiano.
3 Substitutes for Dubliner
While Dubliner cheese has become popular and can be found under the Kerrygold brand in many supermarkets, your local one may not have any. If you don’t have any on hand or cannot find any, there are a number of suitable cheeses that could work in its place.
The most obvious replacement for Dubliner is the cheese for which it was meant to be a replacement, Cheddar.
Cheddar is one of the cheeses that has garnered so much popularity it has blossomed into a million different categories of a million different quantities.
When picking a cheddar to replace Dubliner, opt for higher quality packages. If your recipe calls for Dubliner, this is not the time to break out the Kraft singles. Look for aged, sharp cheddar cheese, preferably one with a light yellow, non-artificial color. Bonus points if it’s been aged and has white speckles of calcium lactate crystals on it.
Since Dubliner can be described as a mix of Cheddar and Parmigiano, it makes sense that Parmigiano-Reggiano would be the next best replacement.
Parmigiano is a hard cheese just like Dubliner, but its taste will be nuttier, fruitier, and saltier than the Dubliner. As with many hard cheeses, Parmigiano is not the best melting cheese, so it may not be the best cheese for sandwiches.
A combo of the two
Mixing together high-quality sharp cheddar and Parmigiano will give you the closest aggregate to Dubliner you can find. Just be sure to not use any low quality cheeses that have been dyed, since Irish cheese like Dubliner is well-regarded for its quality and richness.
There’s no need to fret if a recipe calls for Dubliner when you don’t have any on hand. Dubliner can easily be swapped out for a good cheddar aged for at least 9 months or some Parmigiano-Reggiano. If you happen to have both, a mix of the two will get you the closest result to Dubliner.