Never has a cheese been so defamed by popular culture as limburger was by the Three Stooges. If you believed their films, you'd believe limburger breath has the stopping power of a Colt .45. Of course, you'd also believe that when you're hit on the head with a two-by-four you see grouse, but that's a different story.
Now don't get me wrong. Limburger can be mighty powerful, but it's nowhere near as strinkingly pungent a cheese as the Stooges made it out to be. If you've ever been exposed to a stinky tomme de savoie and survived you'll love limburger.
As a limburger ages, the rind gains a funky odor that I think enhances the taste. The center of the limburger also becomes more and more liquid as it ages, eventually becoming pourable. I don't usually let it get that far, and I'll use pretty fresh limburger for my sandwiches.
Ideally, you should make this sandwich on black bread, dark rye, or pumpernickel. In a pinch toasted wheat bread will do. I always add a thick slice of sweet red onion and a good smear of a grainy mustard on each slice of bread. There are those who add sardines or black olives or anchovies to the sandwich. I can see the appeal, but I like the cheese flavor to come through.
Limburger is a German cheese, but is also made in America, although in lower volumes than previously. There is only one producer in the U.S., but Chalet Cheese Cooperative near Monroe, Wisconsin churns out over 800,000 pounds of the stuff every year. Think about that - 40 tons of stinky cheese every year.
You will certainly have a mild breath issue after one of these sandwiches. That's why I think it's a perfect guy-time sandwich. Just how close are you going to get to your buddies, anyway? If you're playing poker, a well timed puff of bad breath in the right direction might even throw your opponent off his game. Revel in the stink! But, uh, you might invest in some mouthwash before going home to the Missus.
Ladies, you are of course encouraged to try this sandwich yourselves, but make sure you do it during girl time or make sure your significant other also has had one, because while the Stooges exaggerated, a Tic Tac just isn't going to take care of your breath after a good hunk of limburger.