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substitution for cheddar cheese

haapi Nov 19, 2006 08:21 PM

Hi--Anyone have any ideas for substituting cheddar cheese (which can be quite hard to find in France)? Thanks

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    Gratin Nov 19, 2006 10:43 PM

    Hi Haapi,
    How do you plan to use the cheese? Perhaps melted like raclette?

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      haapi Nov 20, 2006 07:37 PM

      HI Gratin-- Nope, in a grits dish, with shrimp.

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        haapi Nov 20, 2006 07:37 PM


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          mattrapp Nov 20, 2006 07:38 PM

          How about a nice aged Gouda?

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            mattrapp Nov 20, 2006 07:41 PM

            Or, a better closer substitute, Mimolette

            1. pikawicca Nov 20, 2006 07:44 PM

              I think Gruyere would be yummy on grits.

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                haapi Nov 20, 2006 07:55 PM

                all good ideas, thanks, but maybe lacking that sharp bite of aged cheddar (I should have specified sharp!)

                1. Busk Nov 20, 2006 08:12 PM

                  Aged gouda is probably closest, but a good aged cantal or gruyere won't be half bad.

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                    ngardet Nov 20, 2006 08:19 PM

                    The closest to cheddar is cantal.
                    And gouda is not french, it's dutch.

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                    1. re: ngardet
                      Busk Nov 21, 2006 05:45 AM

                      Aged gouda is easy to find in Paris, but I don't know about the rest of France. In Paris, cheeses from other countries are available.

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                      haapi Nov 20, 2006 08:45 PM

                      Thanks everybody!

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                        chezchristine Nov 28, 2006 02:08 AM

                        I saw English cheddar being sold at the Monoprix on Rue Vaugirard in the 15th a few months ago. Cheddar is also sold at Bon Marche.

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                          marlie202 Nov 28, 2006 11:00 PM

                          try gruyere

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                            poncho Dec 20, 2006 01:24 AM

                            I use Cantal. Cheddar is not that hard to find. Most larger cheese shops have it, very good quality. But it can be quite expensive. But you'll be hard pressed to find a really sharp cheddar in Paris.

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                              laurajordan Mar 10, 2007 10:39 AM

                              Apparantly Cheddar can be found in a supermarket called L. Eclerc, I have yet to visit but it will be v.soon!!

                              1. ChefJune Mar 10, 2007 04:21 PM

                                I think Cantal is similar in texture to cheddar.

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