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Apr 22, 2012 05:32 AM

What cheese pairs well with strawberries?

This weekend I ordered a cheese plate at a local brewery and discovered I love strawberries and cheese together. I have eaten grapes with cheese and apples with cheese and figs with cheese, but never berries with cheese. Now I am hooked.

Can anyone suggest a good cheese or two to pick up to go with the freshly picked strawberries I will be bringing in starting next week? I have access to Trader Joe's and Whole Foods.

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    1. Parmesan, fontina or gruyere. Tonight's salad is baby spinach with sliced strawberries, cheese and toasted pine nuts with Asian sesame dressing.

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      1. I'll be interested to see how this thread goes as, to my taste, I just cannot envisage strawberries working with any cheese.

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            1. re: magiesmom

              As our berry season in California dwindles down, I vote with you for mascarpone.

              My mother prefers the non-cheese soft tofu custard drizzled with honey with her strawberries.

            2. re: Harters

              What are you talking about? Cheese and strawberries are really friendly: virtually any cheese (not herbed ones) will work fantastically with strawberries. The problem is going to be finding good strawberries in January in the northern hemisphere.
              I particularly like an aged goat cheese (like those from Capriole or Cypruss Grove) with good strawberry preserves or, even better, whole strawberries from the mid-season glut (I grow a small commercial patch) stored in sweetened brandy or bourban.

            3. I'm sure the experts will come along at some point, but I love really sweet fruit like strawberry and cantaloupe with sharp blue cheeses. Whether or not that is the appropriate pairing, it's my personal favorite. Picante gorgonzola is my favorite with these. Add a drop of reduced balsamic and it's heaven.

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              1. re: velochic

                If you enjoy it then it is appropriate.

              2. when the native strawberries are available here in massachusetts (a few glorious weeks in late june/early july often cut short by torrential rains), my favorite treat is to top the berries with some artisan ricotta flavored with a little vanilla, and sprinkle with chopped toasted hazelnuts and shaved bittersweet chocolate.

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                1. re: wonderwoman

                  Lovely. I may sub walnuts, but . . . still, lovely.

                  1. re: Rilke

                    That sounds GREAT. wonderwoman, strawberries are in down here right now. I'll make up the spare room for you.

                    I like Port Salut with strawberries.