Are you a cheese-kind-of-girl? One day last week we had a few friends over for a post-birthday cheese night in with tons of wine on the side:) Growing up with parents who love cheese, I was one of those little girls who happily swapped a piece of birthday cake for a serving of Mont d'Or. Luckily, most of our friends are cheese and wine people too, so getting together is pretty easy. Since over the years many of you asked about what cheese we usually eat (and serve) here is our usual dinner party plate for the end of the summer.
The key is not to buy to much of each type, keep it neutral (nothing too stinky, have at least one firm cheese and never leave out a good serving of brie) and make sure that your selection goes well with all your sides like fresh fruits, fresh bread, crackers and wine.
Here are our usual summer choices and their ideal pairings:
French Brie Val de Soane - the most prized and celebrated of all French cheeses. Goes great with a slice of apple or a pear, and a handful of blueberries or even a piece of rustic bread.
Butter goat cheese - soft and creamy. It's perfect with a drizzle of honey, on a side of blueberries or on a slice of a juicy cantaloupe.
Mature Red Cheddar - we love it with a serving of an apple, pear, peach or a piece of tomato and nuts.
Emmental Gold Label - goes great with tomatoes, bread, nuts, peaches and red wine.
Edam - is one of those cheeses that is made for crackers, red wine, peaches, apples and fresh bread.
Aged Gouda - is best with a side of Merlot, all season fruits, especially pears and apples, plus nuts.
What cheese would you add to the mix? What's your favourite cheese right now? Would you serve a cheese plate to your quests? xo
P.S: Also, this one is perfect with a side of strawberries and this is a must as well:)
P.P.S: Plus, the secret to a stellar grilled cheese sandwich.
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