My hubby and I were invited to a cheese and wine party this Saturday and we are supposed to bring a cheese. What's the best cheese ever? I have tried the dubliner and an apricot stilson which I love but I want to see what else is out there.
What's your favorite? What's the price on it? and where can I get it?
What's the best cheese ever? Well that would have to be a nice ripe soft aged goat cheese from France of course. Or maybe a fresh fleck of reggiano striaght off a fresh cut wheel. Oh, and a lot of other stuff too...
Seriously though, I would suggest not bringing a Brie, just too common of a choice and a good chance someone else is already bringing it. Go to a nice local cheese shop where you can sample different cheeses, always a good idea if possible. Whole Foods is good if there is nothing else, they have a nice selection. Serve whatever cheese you bring at room temperature, almost all cheese benefits from being warm.
Consider bringing some olives too.
I second amanda's suggestion of Whole Foods. They will let you sample different cheeses & help you based on your likes & dislikes. I recently bought some goat cheese & have also bought neils(?) yard blue & brillat savin in the past. Love the latter. Creamy, buttery & a bit expensive. Approx. $22/lb. I may be off. You should be able to get some really nice cheese in the $15- $20/lb range (WF prices). More knowledgeable hounds can chime in on this.
"What's the best cheese ever?" To each his own. For example, I love the brillat savin but not the Italian La Tur.
These aren't gourmet, but I love them anyhoo from Trader Joes:
English Cheddar w/ Caramelized Onions - such a delight to eat with the bits of caramelized onions rippled throughout
Bavarian Beer Cheese - so unusual but it so grows on you as you eat it
Cave-aged Gruyere - i find this addictive
Where do you live? When I lived outside Manhattan, I used to order cheese from www.idealcheese.com - and now buy from them. Murray's also does mail order, and I have given gift certificates to my father, whose been very happy about it.
Some of my favorites:
Epoisses de Bourgogne
Fontina val d'Aosta
)Bleu de Gex (from Ideal - great with a prune/pear compote recipe that I make - happy to link to)
Cheeses from Cow Girl Creamery, generally
Tomme de Savoie
Gorgonzola Dolce with a fig or black cherry preserve on a good baguette is a fave.
Some other faves (on the pricer side, however, I have no idea how much per lb)
Monte Enebro - Spanish Goat Cheese
Champlain Valley Creamery - Cmaplain Triple Cream - from Vergennes VT
Roaring 40's Blue - Australian Blue
Cora Brand "Ciabot" Soft Ripened cow & sheep cheese (Italy)
Bring a yummy salami as well :)
The cheeses above have all been bought at a Whole Foods by me, if you have one near by - that may be a good place to look.