- rworange Jan 6, 2007 08:35 PM
Never heard of this until a recent post about the supposed sad state of American cheese that mentioned Stilton flavored with things like lemon, cranberries, blueberries, etc.
Turns out white stilton is used for the flavored version.
So, is this worth seeking out? Are the flavored types any good. I read Trader Joes sells it.
If you have plain old unflavored white stilton, what are the best ways to use it?
Personally I wouldn't critisize American cheese if my own country was selling green mint-flavored stilton with chocolate chips in it ... although some people on the web who were brave enough to try it were raving about the taste. I guess it is sort of like thinking of using cream cheese for flavored cheesecakes.
White stilton with crystallized ginger is an old-fashioned but tasty, rich dessert cheese in england. Plain white stilton is very rarely found there. Although I suppose you could probably use it like chevre or feta, though it's not particularly strong.
I've had a lemon & a berry one stilton... not impressed it has a similar gritty, annoying texture to commercial marzipan.
I do remember having decent stilton at an English tea house, but I don't know anything about the brand. Also at Whole Foods, they had a nice one they were sampling a couple of years ago.
I don't remember the details now, but I found white Stilton ultimately boring the one time I encountered it. It was "OK", but very bland. Not at all like what I expected. which I guess was a milder version of the blue. It wasn't. If you can imagine what Stilton is like without ANY hint of that moldy/sharpness, there you go. But it's hard to imagine the taste of Stilton without it. So I'd say try it you come across it, but don't go out of your way and don't pay and arm and/or a leg for it, if you do find it.
I don't like "stuff" or extrinsic flavors in cheese (other than appropriate mold), so I haven't tried any of the flavored versions to compare. I know I've seen one with lemon of some sort.
I rather like white stilton with Lemon, as well as with blueberries. They are rather sweet though, so more suitable as a dessert offering than say an appetizer.