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Jan 19, 2013 01:32 PM

Spicy cheeses, what to buy and best ways to enjoy

What's your favorite spicy cheese and how do you use it?

I'm a fan of horseradish in hard cheeses, love it in scrambled eggs.

Pls, educate me!

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  1. Yancy puts out some nice spicy cheeses. Like their "Hot Wasabi Horseradish Cheddar", "Habanero Jalapeno Cheddar", "Jalapeno Cayenne Cheddar", & "Buffalo Wing Cheddar" in particular. Nice snacking cheeses with a quite a nice kick, but flavorful as well.

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    1. re: Bacardi1

      I use these for mac and cheese, maybe half and half with a gouda or gruyere.

      1. re: Bacardi1

        I can't say that I'm fond of the Yancy's Fancy line of cheeses, although they're easy to find and reasonably priced. I just don't think the quality of the underlying cheddar is all that good.

        Much better (although a little more expensive) in my opinion is the flavored cheddar line from Abergavenny in Wales, which includes Harlech (horseradish and parsley), Tintern (chives and shallots) and Red Dragon (mustard seeds and ale). Beemster, known for its gouda, also makes a version with mustard seeds. And if you like Tintern, you'll also probably enjoy Cotswold from England, a cheddar with onions. All of these cheeses are great sliced on a burger.

      2. Cabot makes a nice creamy horseradish cheddar, great on roast beef sandwiches, but my markets in Florida don't stock it. Bummer. Some habanero cheddars are good for turbocharging nachos, or for quesadillas topped with a mild tomato salsa.

        1. My post on the California board for the Spicy Mustang Cheddar made by the students at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo.