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Jan 10, 2011 01:42 AM

Apple pie with cheese? Really?

I remember hearing about this as a kid, and didn't really believe it.

Do people really eat apple pie with cheese?

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  1. absolutely, especially in the Northeastern part of the US.

    A slice of good Cheddar over a warm piece of apple pie is good stuff.

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    1. re: sunshine842

      +1 on this. For some reason, a good sharp cheddar really brings out the flavor of baked apples. It's an excellent match. However, for pears I recommend Emmental or Swiss cheese.
      "Apple pie without cheese is like a kiss without a squeeze" I think I recall one of my aunts saying.

      1. re: Tripeler

        Apple pie without cheese is like a kiss without a squeeze - my fathers wisdom too !

        1. re: chowmel

          My mom always said that too. :)

      2. re: sunshine842

        +2 I have heard of it all my life and have tasted it. I think it's very good, but I still prefer mine warm, with vanilla ice cream!

        Also, a raw apple eaten along with a slice of sharp cheddar is delicious!

          1. Oh definitely. I even have a friend who makes her apple pie with a rosemary cheddar crust.

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            1. re: Chris VR

              +4. My father wouldn't eat it any other way. Think about it -- cheese and apples are a natural combination.

              Chris VR: love the idea of cheddah in the crust!

              1. re: Chris VR

                I love to bake apple pie with a cheddar crust, never thought of adding rosemary, that sounds great.

                At holiday time, I often make a salmon tart as an appetizer, will put some grated parm/romano into the crust -- somehow it cuts a bit of the oiliness of the fish.

              2. Absolutely. I remember this even in my childhood in the 1960s. A very traditional thing in New England, at least, and not uncommon in Vermont and elsewhere for breakfast at home. The cheese is cheddar, btw.

                1. Dumb question from another person who has never eaten cheddar with pie: do you tuck in a slice under the crust? Or just put it on top?

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                  1. re: LeoLioness

                    chunk of sharp cheddar next to the pie slice and alternate bites

                    1. re: brookerme

                      That's the way I like to eat it too. Some people like it on top of the warm pie, put I prefer it unmelted. This discussion is making me very sad that I had to throw out a piece of apple pie this morning because it had gone moldy.

                      1. re: brookerme

                        That's how I like it too. Cold, extra sharp cheddar with the warm pie, alternate bites. Mmmm... And an aged Parmesan is pretty good too.

                      2. re: LeoLioness

                        In Connecticut the slice of cheese goes on top of the pie and is put under the broiler briefly to melt it. I've been holding on to a recipe with a cheese crust that sounds good.

                        1. re: rworange

                          I put cheese in the crust. Big double handful of full fat xxx-sharp cheddar and a pinch of cayenne too. Makes the crust even flakier

                          1. re: morwen

                            Wow, would that ever be good for a snowy day dessert (or breakfast).

                        2. re: LeoLioness

                          I prefer to have a thin slice melted on top. I think it's the contrast of the cheese's saltiness and the apple's sweetness that does it for me.

                        3. Heard of it. Tried it once. No thank you!! ~~~ Pass the Hand Cranked Vanilla Ice Cream please.......

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                            1. re: rainey

                              Definitely vanilla ice cream. I'm from the south though. I just heard about this cheese thing and had to look it up.