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Aug 22, 2013 04:00 PM

Marco Polo - It's a cheese?

When I stopped at my favorite fromagerie this week, the proprietress, knowing I like to try her new varieties, recommended "Marco Polo", a cheese from Beechers in Washington packed with Madagascar peppercorns (supposedly in homage to the spices associated with the famous explorer).

Now I'm not usually a fan of cheeses with non-cheesy adulterations, especially those whose names sound like a swimming pool game, but I must admit that the peppery taste of this semi-firm cheese was intriguing. (It also melts nicely on a hamburger!) So if you like that sort of thing, you might want to search it out.

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  1. Beechers website describes it as a "creamy cheese". Is it or more like a cheddar?


    2 Replies
    1. re: Melanie Wong

      Well, it's not creamy in the sense of spreadable, it's semi-firm, like cheddar. But the peppercorns overwhelm any cheddar-like overtones according to my taste buds. The color is a sort of tannish-grey which doesn't remind me of either white or orange cheddar.

      1. re: DonShirer

        Thanks, sounds intriguing indeed. (I tend to like things that defy categorization!)

    2. A cheesemonger held an impromptu cheese/apple pairing session with me, and we both really liked the cheese with peppercorns with apples: the apples brought out the fruity qualities of the peppercorns. These were Gravensteins, which are on the mild sweet side. Recommend!