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TIP OF THE DAY: Pairing Fine Cheddar

Americans tend to pair Cheddars with apples and grapes. That’s OK with supermarket Cheddars. But farmstead Cheddars—artisan Cheddars—are complex, full-flavored cheeses that go well with a wide range of accompaniments.

  • Try figs and dates or mostarda—glazed fruits in a mustard sauce.
  • In summer months, Cheddar with a sliced vine-ripened tomato (sprinkled with sea salt), celery stalks and crusty bread make a delicious light lunch.
  • Or, combine Cheddar with prosciutto, fruit chutney and fennel sticks, along with crusty farmhouse bread or raisin bread.
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    What to drink? Try Cheddar with an India Pale Ale (lots of hops complement the flavor) or a Ruby Port.

    Some of our favorite farmhouse Cheddars:

  • Beehive Cheese Company, in Utah, makes Barely Buzzed Cheddar rubbed with ground coffee beans. This award winner is dynamite for coffee lovers.
  • California’s Fiscalini Farmstead makes a Bandage Wrapped Cheddar that has racked up awards since its inception. The company also combines Cheddar and Parmesan in its San Joaquin Gold.
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    CHEDDAR FOR DESSERT

     

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    Fiscalini Farmstead’s Bandage-Wrapped Cheddar. Photo by Brian Van Sise | THE NIBBLE.

     
    Cheddar with fruits and nuts has long been popular. A wedge of cheddar has long been popular with apple pie.

    But how about some Cheddar ice cream—great with apple pie? It’s terrific!
     
    TAKE A LOOK AT THE HISTORY OF CHEDDAR CHEESE.

      





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