noun, often capitalized
fon·​ti·​na | \ fän-ˈtē-nə How to pronounce fontina (audio) \

Definition of fontina

: a cheese that is semisoft to hard in texture and mild to medium sharp in flavor

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Separately toasted millet, quinoa, chia and sunflower seeds suspended in fontina fondue cross hippie food with Italian. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "In Richmond, two new enchanting reasons to drive and dine," 4 Sep. 2019 Variation: Elotes Grilled Cheese: Substitute queso Oaxaca for the mozzarella, substitute queso fresco for the fontina, substitute cilantro for the parsley, and add 1/2 teaspoon chile-lime salt, such as Tajin to the corn mixture. Los Angeles Times, "Make the best grilled cheese with Korean corn cheese," 3 Aug. 2019 Stir in the 2 tablespoons mayonnaise, followed by the mozzarella, fontina and parsley, and season with salt and pepper. Los Angeles Times, "Make the best grilled cheese with Korean corn cheese," 3 Aug. 2019 Start with mac-and-cheese with a small salad, classic BLT on artisan bread or a turkey-cranberry-and-fontina panini. Michael Mayo,, "Four picks for Delray Beach Restaurant Week Aug. 1-7," 30 July 2019 There were dishes like pork cheek and pumpkin tamales and snow crab black truffle macaroni and cheese with peas and fontina cream. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "CharBlue is the 6th Downtown Indy restaurant to close this year," 8 July 2019 Other unique offerings include the uber cheeseburger with fontina, raclette and goat cheeses and the char siu burger, which substitutes delicious roasted Asian pork belly for the patty. Julia Thompson, USA TODAY, "Cooking over open flame: These are some of our favorite restaurants that use fire," 27 June 2019 Sprinkle each naan with about 2 tablespoons of Parmesan and ½ cup grated fontina. Sally Pasley Vargas,, "Recipe: Naan on the grill, topped with fontina, tomatoes, and arugula, is a lot like pizza," 17 June 2019 Add to that list: Tartine Manufactory’s version made with Cowgirl Creamery’s Wagon Wheel, fontina, spring greens on country bread. Sarah Fritsche, San Francisco Chronicle, "Bay Area restaurant pros share their favorite grilled cheese destinations," 12 Apr. 2018

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1938, in the meaning defined above

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