Queijo da Serra

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A creamy sheep's milk cheese. This is the most well known cheese produced in Portugal. The lid of this circular cheese is lifted off, revealing, when young, a tasty creamy paste similar to Brie. As it ages it becomes harder and more pungent. The paste is buttery with tiny holes. (PDO). Avoid cheeses sold as 'Tipo Serra' which means Serra-type, rather than the real thing.