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What cheese pairs well with strawberries?

Rilke Apr 22, 2012 05:32 AM

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.

  1. Chinon00 Apr 22, 2012 06:05 AM

    Goat cheese

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      plasticanimal Jan 4, 2013 05:59 PM


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      pine time Apr 22, 2012 12:45 PM

      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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        Rilke Apr 22, 2012 05:00 PM

        Oooh, fontina sounds perfect.

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        Harters Apr 22, 2012 03:07 PM

        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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          magiesmom Apr 22, 2012 04:35 PM

          not even mascarpone? Heavenly.

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            pinehurst Apr 23, 2012 05:16 PM

            +1. Heck yeah!

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              Melanie Wong Sep 27, 2013 05:01 PM

              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.

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              RockDoveFarm Jan 5, 2013 03:50 PM

              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.

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              velochic Apr 22, 2012 04:16 PM

              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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                jpc8015 Jan 4, 2013 04:49 PM

                If you enjoy it then it is appropriate.

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                wonderwoman Apr 22, 2012 04:45 PM

                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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                  Rilke Apr 22, 2012 05:01 PM

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

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                    Sue in Mt P Apr 22, 2012 05:23 PM

                    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.

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                      wonderwoman Apr 23, 2012 05:23 AM

                      on my way:)


                2. BigSal Apr 22, 2012 05:14 PM

                  Strawberry and Mozzarella salad. I discovered this recipe after L.Nightshade reported on it during last year's COTM (Dorie Greenspan's Around My French Table). It is a surprisingly delicious salad that I will make again once strawberries are in season here. http://www.onetribegourmet.com/2010/1...

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                    FoodPopulist Apr 22, 2012 05:26 PM

                    It's probably not what you're going for, but some cheeses traditionally used with strawberries are cream cheese, ricotta, and mascarpone. (Strawberry cheesecake, duh.) Strawberries, perhaps macerated in red wine, served with a creamy white cheese seems to be one of the standard ways to serve strawberries with cheese. There are options for flavoring the cheese. Black pepper and ricotta seems to be a relatively common way to flavor cheese to be served with strawberries.

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                      alwayshungrygal Apr 22, 2012 07:18 PM

                      I like to make a salad with spinach, sliced strawberries, red onion and feta cheese. Toss on some pine nuts, add a balsamic dressing and you're done. Myh favorite summer lunch for summer.

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                        sillyeatinggirl Jan 5, 2013 02:52 PM

                        hands down my favorite pairing with juicy ripe strawberries is a triple cream like Brillat Savarian or Delice de Bourbougne or Delice D'Argental or St AGur. But the trick is that they need to be very ripe and only to use the paste - not the rind. If your piece is not the texture of stiff whipped cream, then leave out in a serving dish (cutting off the rind) at room temperature for a day or two. If you have more time - ripening in the fridge works too.

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                          Ruth Lafler Jan 5, 2013 05:44 PM

                          My preferences as well.

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                            benbenberi Jan 5, 2013 05:51 PM

                            I agree!

                            Alternatively, strawberries go very well with a soft fresh cheese (like a fromage frais or ricotta).

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                              HillJ Jan 5, 2013 06:18 PM

                              Honey sweetened ricotta is my fav with berries. A very gentle dust of fresh ground black pepper on top.

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                            ohmyyum Sep 27, 2013 05:02 PM

                            A ripe and oozing Délice de Bourgogne, sans rind for me! And it's consistently available at a great price at TJ's.

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