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Cheese to go with smoked trout?

cathyeats Dec 28, 2012 02:34 PM

I posted this in Home Cooking, not realizing there was a cheese board. Silly me! Anyway, I'm serving some smoked trout as part of a New Year's brunch buffet, and wonder what kind of cheeses would work with it. I probably want to have three varieties. Any ideas?

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  1. Veggo RE: cathyeats Dec 28, 2012 02:56 PM

    Cream cheese ought to be one of them, maybe with a garnish of diced red onions and capers. What sort of platform are you using: crackers, pumpernickel, baby rye, crispbread?

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      cathyeats RE: Veggo Dec 28, 2012 02:56 PM

      Thanks. Haven't decided on the platform yet! It's part of a larger buffet that's pretty southern-influenced (hoppin' john, cornbread, greens, etc.), so maybe not pumpernickel. Just crackers, I guess.

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        Veggo RE: cathyeats Dec 28, 2012 02:59 PM

        Sounds like you are planning a yummy spread! HNY!

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        dordogne RE: Veggo Dec 31, 2012 01:14 PM

        Not a cheese, but creme fraiche is splendid with smoked trout.

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        cheesemaestro RE: cathyeats Dec 28, 2012 03:08 PM

        You didn't say if you want cheeses you can find at your supermarket or if you will be buying from a cheese shop or counter with a large selection. There are many possibilities, but, if you don't want to get too complicated, the previously suggested cream cheese, a soft goat cheese, and a hearty cheddar would complement your trout well.

        1. jmcarthur8 RE: cathyeats Dec 28, 2012 03:17 PM

          I would like an aged Gruyere with smoked trout. On a chunk of hearty country bread.

          For another idea, at a friend's house on Thanksgiving, she served home-smoked salmon with little dabs of a goat cheese/dill spread, and baby spinach leaves to wrap the bits in. It was delicious.

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            cathyeats RE: jmcarthur8 Dec 28, 2012 03:22 PM

            Thanks for all the ideas. I'm in Brooklyn, so I have access to a mighty good selection!

          2. TraderJoe RE: cathyeats Dec 28, 2012 03:49 PM


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              ernie in berkeley RE: cathyeats Dec 31, 2012 12:18 PM

              Love a good smear of Camembert under the trout, myself.

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                cheeseplatesf RE: cathyeats Jan 5, 2013 03:06 PM

                I think a carmely gouda with a bit of age would pair nicely with the smoked trout.

                1. Bacardi1 RE: cathyeats Jan 5, 2013 03:13 PM

                  I know this is late to the party, but I'd say pretty much any relatively mild, creamy cheese you enjoy would go well - so long as it's not also smoked.

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                    RockDoveFarm RE: cathyeats Jan 5, 2013 03:20 PM

                    So, fish and cheese pairings are always tricky: they aren't thought to be particularly friendly with one another. I would go with something mild and tangy with... maybe citrusy flavors: a good fresh goat goat cheese like from coach farm, or westfield goat farm if you are on the east coast, on the west coast there are lots of options like Cyprus grove, etc. In the center of the country you should look for brands like Zingerman's Creamery or Capriole.

                    You might also consider going with an artisan cream cheese like those from Zingerman's or Sierra Nevada. They are a completely different product from Philadelphia!

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