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
Goat Cheeses: Fig and Walnut Confit, Sour Cherry Preserve, Bella Cucina Dipping Crackers
Mascarpone: Maine Maple Syrup, Chestnut Honey
Brie: Cranberry Conserve, Bella Cucina Dipping Crackers, Sun-Dried Tomato & Olive Relish
Camembert: Apple Cider and Calvados Confit, Golden Fig Preserve, Roasted Garlic Onion Jam
Blue/Bleu: Williams Pear Confit with White Wine, Fresh Walnut Preserves, Fig Raisin Chutney
Gorgonzola: Fig Jam, Thyme Blossom 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: Apple, Pear and Walnut Jam, Marcona Almonds
Cheddar: Apple Cider Confit with Calvados, Sour Cherry Preserve
Emmentaler: Pineapple Confit with Penja Pepper
Gouda: Largueta Almonds, Smoked Piquillo Peppers
Asiago: Fig Raisin Chutney, Marcona Almonds, Fattoria Estense 12 Yr Balsamic Vinegar
Parmesan: Candied Pine Nuts, Rosemary Jelly, Acacia Honey Infused with Black Truffles