- cremebrulee Jul 16, 2008 03:49 PM
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?
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.
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
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
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.
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.
Whatever you take, make sure it is ripe and not chilled.
If you want to take soft/washed rind cheese and can't find a nice oozy example, take a hard cheese instead.
Rochetta- a nice soft three milk cheese. Or Robiola - also a three milk.
For a stronger cheese- some nice tellegio or telleme- soft and stinky but delicious.
Or, if you can find it, a nice aged gouda.