Maasdam cheese is a Swiss-style cheese type produced in the Netherlands.
Made from cow’s milk, it is aged for at least 4 weeks. It has a smooth yellow rind, which is sometimes waxed like Gouda. It is made in 6 and 12 kg (13 and 26 pound) wheels.
Inside, the cheese is pale yellow and semi-firm with large holes. The texture is creamy. The taste is nutty.
Compared to Emmenthal cheese, on which it is modelled, Maasdam has a sweeter taste and more moisture, making it more pliable.
Maasdam was designed to be less expensive than Emmenthal, as was North American Swiss cheese. Compared to North American Swiss, however, the Dutch producers, ended up with a cheese that many people consider more flavourful and interesting.
Maasdam is sold under various brand names such as Bergumer, Meerlander, Westberg and the brand that started this type of cheese, Leerdammer.
Melts very well in cooking.
Generally 45% fat content
Per 100 g (3.5 oz): Calories 360, Fat 28 g, Carbohydrate 0 g, Protein 28 g