Cheese is a delicious snack all on its own but paired with other foods, it creates new and surprising tastes that are sure to tempt your palate. Although there are no set rules for pairing your favorite cheeses, there are some guidelines for combining certain flavors, textures and colors that will please both the senses and the appetite.
When selecting cheeses for a cheese board, choose a variety of blue, soft, soft-ripened, semi-soft, semi-hard, and hard. Generally, three to four cheeses served with one to two accompaniments each, is more than ample and provides optimum variety in textures and flavors.
Below are some tasty pairing suggestions for some of the most common cheeses using selections from our aisles. Use it as your guide for composing cheese boards for parties or for snacking and sharing.
Cotija: Largueta Almonds, Olive Cocktail Mix, Quince Paste
Feta: Greek Kalamata Olives, Extra Virgin Dipping Oil with Caprese Herbs, Meyer Lemon Relish
Goat Cheeses: Fig and Walnut Confit, Amarena Cherry Jam, Bella Cucina Dipping Crackers
Mascarpone: Maine Maple Syrup, Chestnut Honey, Morello Cherries
Brie: Roasted Onion Garlic Jam, Bella Cucina Dipping Crackers, Peach Amaretto Jam
Camembert: Apple Cider and Calvados Confit, Black Cherry Confit, Maple Bacon Onion Jam
Blue/Bleu: Williams Pear Confit with White Wine, Fresh Walnut Preserves, Bella di Cerignola Olives
Gorgonzola: Fig and Walnut Confit, Chestnut Honey, Bella Cucina Dipping Crackers
Havarti: Largueta Almonds, Williams Pear Confit with White Wine
Monterey Jack: Caramelized Onion Marmalade, Oil Cured Black Olives
Baby Swiss: Williams Pear Confit, Marcona Almonds
Cheddar: Apple Cider Confit with Calvados, Amarena Cherry Jam
Emmentaler: Pineapple Confit with Penja Pepper
Gouda: Largueta Almonds, Roasted Piquillo Peppers
Asiago: Ligurian Olive Mix, Marcona Almonds, Fattoria Estense 12 Yr Balsamic Vinegar
Parmesan: Onions in Balsamic Vinegar, Rosemary Jelly, Truffle and Barolo Wine Dressing