What Foods Go Well with Cheese?
The first rule for serving up gourmet cheese is to combine it with gourmet pairings. That means trading the mass-produced crackers and budget white bread for artisan cracker crisps and crusty gourmet bread.
The second rule is to make sure the cheese remains as the star of the show. Whatever food and cheese paring you pick, the food should never overpower the cheese.
That said, here are a few suggestions to get you started:
- Milder cheeses and seasoned gourmet crackers
- Richer cheeses and crusty breads
- Milder cheese with artisan crisps and dips, or artisan cracker crisps and Kalamata or nicoise olives
- Cheeses with dried fruits, especially dates, cherries and apricots
- Cheese stuffed inside dates, then wrapped in cured meats
- Cheese with fresh fruits, an all-time favorite staple
More on Fruit and Cheese Pairings
When it comes to fruit and cheese pairings, you can take a cue from these flavourful combinations to get a feel for creating your own favourites:
- Goat cheese and sweet cherries: The slightly sharp and creamy cheese balances the cherries’ through-the-roof sweetness.
- Brie cheese and Bing cherries: The silky, mild cheese gets a kick from the tartly sweet burst of cherry flavour.
- Smoked gouda cheese and D’Anjou pears: The semi-hard, smoky cheese mingles magnificently with the crisp, citrus-y pear.
- Blue cheese and yellow peaches: The pungent, sharp cheese blends brilliantly with the juicy, tangy peach flavour.
- Sharp cheddar cheese and Pink Lady apples: The sharp cheese and sweetly tart apple are a match made in cheese pairing heaven.
Don’t Forget Cheese and Chutney Pairings
One more way to make the most of your cheese feast is to serve up a succulent selection of cheese and chutney pairings. Here come three to try on for taste:
- Crumbly cheeses with fruity and fresh peach chutney
- Hard cheeses with dark and rich onion chutney
- Soft cheese with fruity and sweet fig chutney