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5 of the Best Cheeses for Adding Extra Flavor to Your Cooking

5 of the Best Cheeses for Adding Extra Flavor to Your Cooking

Looking for an extra punch of flavor from your cooking? Why not try adding one of these delicious cheeses?

1. Feta

Feta cheese is a centuries-old staple of Greek cooking.

  • Origin: Greece
  • Taste and texture: Feta is an aggressively salty and tangy cheese. Some varieties are crumbly and dry, while others are soft and creamy.
  • How it’s made: Curds of sheep’s milk, goat’s milk or both are compacted, brined and aged under refrigeration for several months.
  • Uses: Spanakopita — phyllo dough pastries stuffed with spinach and dill — wouldn’t be the same without the creaminess of feta. You can also crumble it on pizza or add it to pasta. Feta works particularly well when paired with tomatoes, olives, and basil. Eating it with watermelon is a sweet and salty surprise.

2. Gruyere

Gruyere is often found melted and bubbling atop a bowl of French onion soup, but its uses don’t stop there.

  • Origin: Switzerland
  • Taste and texture: Gruyere is a hard, yellow cheese known for its nutty earthiness. Its pungency depends upon how long it was aged.
  • How it’s made: Gruyere is a cow’s milk cheese, brined for just over a week and then aged for at least six months at room temperature.
  • Uses: Gruyere is excellent for melting. Besides French onion soup, it’s also excellent in vegetable gratins, ham and cheese sandwiches or as a base for a cheese fondue.

3. Stilton

Flavor anyone? This ancient British cheese will liven up your dish in a heartbeat. Just be careful not to overdo it.

  • Origin: England
  • Taste and texture: Stilton is a semi-soft and strong-tasting cheese — rich, sharp and salty — and is extremely aromatic.
  • How it’s made: Before the ripening process, Penicillium mold is needled into the cheese, eventually creating Stilton’s distinctive blue-veining.
  • Uses: Boxed Mealz recommends, crumbling Stilton onto a salad or in soup. Better yet, make it into a cream sauce for topping anything from a perfectly cooked filet mignon or plain steamed veggies.

4. Pecorino Romano

Bored with plain old Parmesan? Why not go wild and replace it with Romano instead?

  • Origin: Italy
  • Taste and texture: Pecorino Romano is a hard cheese, ideal for grating. The taste is like Parmesan, only sharper and tangier.
  • How it’s made: It is a sheep’s milk cheese, dry-salted numerous times by hand and aged for at least eight months.
  • Uses: Grate Pecorino Romano over pasta or salads. Even better, roast a few tomatoes and sprinkle with Romano, olive oil, and breadcrumbs.

5. Cotija

Ever wanted to capture that fresh, delicious taste you get in the best Mexican restaurants? It’s all about the Cotija cheese.

  • Origin: Mexico
  • Taste and texture: Cotija is crumbly and does not melt. It tastes salty and piquant, a little like feta, but also has a unique freshness.
  • How it’s made: Cotija is a raw cow’s milk cheese that is pressed dry and aged for up to 12 months.
  • Uses: Whether crumbling it over Mexican street corn (like this Hello Fresh menu) or sprinkling it over tacos, Cotija will provide that fresh saltiness to anything. Try it on your guacamole and watch it come to life.

How to Pair Wine and Cheese for Your Next Party

How to Pair Wine and Cheese for Your Next Party

There’s just something about the pairing of cheese and wine. It’s an indulgent, decadent experience we all know and love. When we host parties, we’d like to know what kind of wines go best with different types of cheese. Here are 7 of my favorite cheese and wine pairings to help you make your selection for your next shindig.

1. Brie de Meaux and Anjou rose wine

Brie de Meaux is a product of the town Meaux, in France. It melts deliciously all over the cheese board and is one of the most wonderful cheeses in the world. It pairs well with a fruity, slightly fizzy Anjou rose wine and is often a favorite at parties.

2. Sage Derby

This gorgeous green marbled cheese with mild herbal flavor originates in Darby, England. Its creamy goodness will delight any party goer. Sage Derby is best paired with a crisp Chardonnay, which brings out the sage flavor in the cheese.

3. Vintage Irish Cheddar

You’ll be dreaming wistful dreams of Ireland with the strong and bold taste of vintage Irish cheddar. This delicacy from the Emerald Isle makes a sweet marriage with a nice Merlot since both are strong flavors and they complement each other. If you’re brave, you might even pair it with a dark and bold glass of Guinness to keep that cultural connection.

4. Cranberry Wensleydale

This English Yuletide favorite is one of the most popular cheeses in the United Kingdom. Long a part of any holiday cheese board, Cranberry Wensleydale is a melt-in-your-mouth experience that can’t be missed. This crumbly cheese makes an excellent pairing with a Shiraz or any red because the flavors are not too strong to stick to the palate.

5. Queijo Azeitao

This raw sheep’s milk cheese has a strong flavor that pairs well with another product of Portugal, green wine. The clear, fizzy wine complements the slightly sour taste of this rustic cheese. Another option for pairing is Setubalmoscatel wine, a sweet and heavy drink reminiscent of mead. It’s a great combination for a sunny summer party. You’ll still be enjoying the warmth when the sun goes down.

6. Roquefort

This French blue cheese is often enjoyed best with Bordeaux wines. Its sharp, full flavor complements the red perfectly. Aged white Burgundy is also a good choice, but many people prefer reds because of their strong flavor. A sweet wine usually pairs best with Roquefort because it is a salty cheese. The traditional pairing choice for this cheese is Sauternes, but there are other options.

7. Fresh Welsh Goat Cheese

Sauvignon blanc from the Loire Valley is the traditional pairing for fresh goat cheese, but there are a few other options you might try. For example, a nice blanc de blancs Champagne is wonderful with fresh goat cheese and strawberries. This cheese also goes very well with sweeter-tasting varieties of whiskey. Goat cheese is one of the easiest to pair with wine because it is so versatile. Champagne and sparkling wine also pairs well with homemade paneer.