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Favourite fruit and cheese pairing.

Paprikaboy Mar 23, 2013 12:25 PM

I was having a lovely hunk of Keens cheddar with an cox's orange pippin apple and musing on how sometimes the simplest things are the best and maybe this is the perfect cheese and fruit match.
Or maybe Stitchelon and comice pear is better?
What are other great cheese and fruit matches?

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  1. Jay F RE: Paprikaboy Mar 23, 2013 01:07 PM

    pears and Parmigiano-Reggiano

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      Hobbert RE: Paprikaboy Mar 23, 2013 01:23 PM

      I was surprised by how much I enjoy Edam and pears.

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        MRS RE: Paprikaboy Mar 23, 2013 01:42 PM

        Pears and Cypress Groves Purple Haze or Truffle Tremor!!

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          EmBrooks RE: Paprikaboy Mar 23, 2013 01:52 PM

          Figs and coupole http://www.vermontcreamery.com/coupole-1

          1. goodhealthgourmet RE: Paprikaboy Mar 23, 2013 02:15 PM

            Fruit & cheese, two of my very favorite things :)

            Chevre/goat cheese: figs, peaches, pomegranate, apricots, blackberries, strawberries, cherries
            Feta: watermelon, grapes
            Blue/bleu: pears, figs, blackberries
            Aged gouda: apricots, apples, pears
            Young gouda: cherries, peaches
            Manchego: quince, apricots, figs
            Cheddar (preferably extra sharp): grapes, apples
            Brie: plums, apples, strawberries, cherries
            Gruyere: cherries, blackberries
            Fontina: apples, plums, pears, grapes
            Asiago: figs, grapes
            Pecorino & Parm: grapes

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              grayelf RE: goodhealthgourmet Mar 23, 2013 10:38 PM

              Pear and tallegio, especially warmed gently in a panino.

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                goodhealthgourmet RE: grayelf Mar 24, 2013 08:53 AM

                YES. Can't believe I forgot that one.

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              ItalianNana RE: Paprikaboy Mar 24, 2013 08:26 AM

              I have a favorite fruit 'n nut snack that Starbuck's sells (and now I make my own) that has dried cranberries, blueberries, almonds and cashews. A nibble of whatever sharpish cheese I have on hand, between bites, is my favorite late afternoon snack. Oh, also I love smoked Gouda with those big round holiday grapes!

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                HillJ RE: Paprikaboy Mar 24, 2013 07:11 PM

                Grilled Pineapple with Mascarpone Cheese
                Blue Cheese with Grilled Pineapple
                Grilled Mango with Pepperjack

                and, if you're a dried fruit lover the pairings can go on forever. Apricots, plums, dried pears, go deliciously well with cheese plates.

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                  ItalianNana RE: HillJ Mar 25, 2013 08:18 AM

                  This is a relatively new thing for me. The availability of tons of good quality, bite sized dried fruit makes this so much fun. I especially love dried cranberries with cheese!

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                    HillJ RE: ItalianNana Mar 25, 2013 08:25 AM

                    So true, the combinations are endless...and oh so delicious!
                    This morning I had homemade date nut bread with a slice of Banon and a shot of honey drizzle with my coffee.


                2. grampart RE: Paprikaboy Mar 25, 2013 08:25 AM

                  Cream cheese and jelly (usually strawberry).

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                    HillJ RE: grampart Mar 25, 2013 08:27 AM

                    grampart, any particular bread/base favorite to go with or do you just spread the pairings (which are a childhood fav) on the palm of your hand : o )

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                      grampart RE: HillJ Mar 25, 2013 08:44 AM

                      Actually, I prefer a well toasted Thomas English Muffin.

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                        HillJ RE: grampart Mar 25, 2013 09:02 AM

                        Excellent choice! All those nooks and crannies! :)

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                    andieb RE: Paprikaboy Mar 25, 2013 09:05 AM

                    Grapes or watermelon and feta..

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                      HillJ RE: Paprikaboy Mar 31, 2013 05:10 PM

                      Inspired by the meal at Longman & Eagle, we made Gruyere donuts with maple syrup, parmesan, roasted hazelnut, whipped citrus goat cheese and cinnamon pears to our dessert table for Easter. Big hit!

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                        MrsE_Wood RE: HillJ Mar 15, 2014 07:04 PM

                        I signed up for Chowhound just so I could ask you this, because I am now OBSESSED with these gruyere doughnuts!! I had never heard of them before, nor about Longman and Eagle, but now I have to have them!
                        Please tell me what your recipe was, because I would love to make and eat them!!!

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                          greygarious RE: MrsE_Wood Mar 16, 2014 02:01 PM

                          Sounds like this may be a type of gougere. There's a gazillion recipes for gougeres, which are not hard to make.

                          BTW, Food Quests is a new (and in the opinion of a large percentage of Home Cooking Board participants, superfluous)
                          board which is not getting much participation. You will find lots of guidance about how to poach pears if you search the HC board or ask for suggestions there.

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                            MrsE_Wood RE: greygarious Mar 18, 2014 05:58 PM

                            Oh, thanks!!! I will definitely check those out!! Yum!

                      2. Kris in Beijing RE: Paprikaboy Mar 31, 2013 05:22 PM

                        White grapes and muenster.

                        You can go for "wow" and
                        --nearly freeze the grapes [but lose a ton of flavour]
                        --nearly melt the cheese
                        and have them explode in your mouth.

                        Reminds me of the flavour-combining scene in Ratatouille.

                        1. alkapal RE: Paprikaboy Apr 6, 2013 04:36 AM

                          gorgonzola dolce and pear is one of my favorite pairings.

                          manchego and quince paste (membrillo)

                          this is a nice chart with pairing ideas: http://www.vermontcreamery.com/cheese...

                          i love fig compote with many cheeses.

                          grilled peaches are so fun in the summer! i like them with creamy cow's milk cheeses.

                          i almost always put dried apricots and fresh red grapes on my cheese platters. i also like to include a seasonal fruit, too.

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                            wyogal RE: Paprikaboy Apr 6, 2013 05:47 AM

                            Honey wine spiced poached pear and walnut gourmandise

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                              HillJ RE: wyogal Apr 6, 2013 06:20 AM

                              Oh my...that's a perfect pairing. I never forget a restaurant that has spiced poached pear w/ or w/out cheese on its menu. the photo says it all.

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                                Jay F RE: wyogal Apr 8, 2013 11:25 AM

                                Poached pears are such an easy, lovely, delicious, and impressive dessert. Teaming them with cheese this way seems almost too good to be true. This is a must-try.

                              2. ChefJune RE: Paprikaboy Mar 25, 2014 10:08 AM

                                In her first book, "The Cheese Lover's Guide," Paula Lambert (The Mozzarella Company) has a recipe for Port Poached Pears with Stilton Souffle. I don't think I have to tell you how delicious that combination is.

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                                  DrWalden RE: Paprikaboy Apr 18, 2014 07:45 AM

                                  Red grapes and Camembert or Brie are good together. Colby and Granny Smith apples or red sweet apples and cheddar. Muscadine grapes and Camembert or havarti are a South Georgia favorite.

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                                    ChefJune RE: DrWalden Apr 18, 2014 08:46 AM

                                    a few years back a friend from So Carolina gifted me a bottle of muscadine wine. I kinda looked down my nose at it until we opened it and had it with some Camembert! What a pleasant surprise.

                                  2. Veggo RE: Paprikaboy Apr 18, 2014 09:01 AM

                                    At a wine pairing dinner in Taos, dessert was roasted figs with blue cheese and Questa honey. Delicious, especially with the sauterne.

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                                      alkapal RE: Veggo Apr 22, 2014 05:48 AM

                                      the only thing i would add to that would be some toasted walnuts. beautiful combo.

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                                        Veggo RE: alkapal Apr 22, 2014 06:32 AM

                                        Good thought - a 4th compatible flavor, and a little texture.

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                                      synergy RE: Paprikaboy Apr 18, 2014 09:06 AM

                                      Dates and goat cheese, with almonda

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                                        BuildingMyBento RE: Paprikaboy Apr 21, 2014 08:11 PM

                                        Dates and brie

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