Explore the world beyond parmesan cheese! There are hundreds of different kinds of cheeses, and the holidays is a great time to sample the wide variety of flavors and textures. Assemble a wine and cheese platter for your next party, or incorporate one of these cheeses into your meals. Here are some of the different kinds of cheeses that everyone should try at least once in their life.
This cheese has a nutty flavor and a strong flavor that holds up against spices. It also melts quite well, which makes it great for cooking. You can use it in a savory tart, for example, or on a pasta.
There are actually different kinds of cheddar. Some have a wax-like texture, but those which have been matured for a longer period can be slightly crumbly. The flavors can also vary. The younger cheddars are mild and sweet (and ideal for kid-friendly cuisine) while the older and mature cheddars have a sharper, savory flavor that’s a perfect ingredient for sandwiches. Cheddar can also be grated into soups, or used in pastas and casseroles.
This cheese originates from England. It is made with cow’s milk and cream, and has a very rich flavor. The more mature Stiltons have a stronger flavor. Try crumbling it into soup–it adds a piquant, creamy flavor and texture to the dish.
Edam cheese is made from partially skimmed milk. It has a waxy texture and tends to be hard. It’s better to get the older edams because the younger varieties have a tendency to be bland. It has a yellow-orange color. The mild flavor makes it a good complement to salty meats, such as bacon.
This Spanish cheese is made from sheep’s milk. It has a hard and waxy texture and a mellow flavor with a hint of sharpness. It is wonderful when paired with slightly sweet ingredients (like apples) in a salad.
This Italian cheese has a crumbly texture and a mild flavor. These originate from Italy and are often used in Italian dishes, such as ravioli. Try using it in a pumpkin-based sauce or dish.
Originating from France, Roquefort is a blue cheese with a creamy texture and a subtle flavor. It is often used in salads. The cheese is made from sheep’s milk and allowed to mature in limestone caves.
Try pairing Fontina, an Italian cheese, with Chardonnay. This cheese is delightfully creamy with a very subtle nutty taste. It is great on crackers!
Gouda is made from cow’s milk and is aged for seven years. It has a high fat content, but the flavor is worth the calorie spurge. It is great on grilled sandwiches (in fact, you can just place a slice of gouda cheese on bread, stick it in the toaster oven, for a simple and delicious snack).
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