Do you have a recipe that calls for brick cheese? Maybe you want to make a Detroit style pizza but can't find this cheese? We will give you some ideas on what makes the best brick cheese substitue.
Whenever I go to the Badger State, I always stock up on Wisconsin brick cheese. It's a wonderful melting cheese that is so delicious on a pizza. In fact it's what you find on many Detroit style square pizzas (I am from Michigan so I know Detroit isn't in Wisconsin!).
Outside of Wisconsin, it can be tricky to find. I wanted to come up with a list of cheeses that could work instead of brick cheese.
This is our list of substitutions for mild brick cheese that could work when you can't find brick cheese or just want something else.
What I am looking for a substitute is a cheese that is mild or not too sharp and is a good melting cheese. For texture, you want a softer cheese.
Most of these are pretty easy to find, with one exception. I don't see it too often but Tuma cheese is a pretty good match for brick. I actually like it slightly more. I only tend to find it in the metro Detroit area. so it's even harder to find.
Provolone is a good replacement and if you like smoked cheese it's one that is commonly smoked. Monterrey Jack can vary in sharpness. I once got that I was surprised was super sharp, but it did work well for a cheese sauce.
Edam isn't too hard to find. Castello brand Edam can be found at Walmart near the produce department. It's round and inside of a red wax. It's firmer than brick and has a mild flavor.
Muenster is considered to be in the same family as Brick making it a good choice.
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🧀 What Cheese is Most Similar
When I describe what brick cheese is to people I usually refer to it being like a more flavorful Mozzarella. The texture is pretty identical unless you are talking about a ball of fresh Mozzarella that comes in a brine - that is softer. I have seen Havarti and Muenster labelled as "brick family" cheeses, but I am still giving the nod to Mozzarella.
Brick is easily my favorite cheese to use on pizza. Most of the time I don't find it in the places I shop for pizza making ingredients. I am often replacing my desire for it, with Mozzarella. Provolone and Muenster which all have a history of melting on a pizza as well.
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🧱 Aged Brick
An aged brick is a completely different cheese in terms of flavor. It's super strong with a pungent flavor. So much so that Limburger would considered a substitute. Not for everyone, certainly not for me!
🔪 Spreadable Cheese
People want to know if you can use spreadable cheese as a brick replacement. If you are trying to replace an aged brick cheese with something spreadable, it would be a weaker replacement in flavor. I am normally shredding Brick cheese myself, which of course wouldn't work with spreadable cream cheese.