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Having good food can make or break a party, but it can be hard to please every guest. One food that almost everyone can agree on is cheese. With so many varieties available, there's sure to be something for everyone. Choose the right foods to pair with it and you're well on your way to party success.
Soft cheeses are spreadable and will complement many different foods. One popular option is Livarot. It has a salty, nutty taste that goes great with apples or walnuts and can make a pretty spread when paired with these. Brie is also a crowd pleaser and can be paired with sweet pickles or baguettes. It is mild, creamy and slightly sour.
Hard and semi-hard cheeses have been aged for one month to four years. They are great for cooking and melting. Parmesan is readily available and its piquant, salty flavor pairs well with arugula or prosciutto. Emmental, more commonly known as Swiss cheese, is also easy to find. It has a fruity, nutty flavor that goes well with ham and apples.
Cheddar cheeses are universally liked, so they can be great at any party. Sharp cheddar has a smooth flavor that can complement sweet foods like desserts. Try it alongside apple pie. Sharp cheddar comes in white or yellow so you can pick whichever will look best with your spread. Cloth-wrapped cheddar is more buttery and earthy and goes great with walnuts.
Blue cheeses have a lovely blue tint and some feature a blue vein. Gorgonzola comes from Italy and has a buttery, moist texture. It goes well with radicchio and black olives. Another popular blue cheese is Stilton. It is firm and tangy and goes well with walnuts and figs.
Featuring goat cheeses can be a fun way to offer something different and delicious. Fresh goat cheese is tart like yogurt and is often coated with herbs, ash or peppercorns. It tastes great with watercress or olives. Aged goat cheese, called Chevre, is rounder and less tart. It goes well on crackers, particularly those made from oats or whole wheat.
Choosing two or three options of cheese paired with different foods will ensure that everyone at your party will find something they like. This will help to make you a popular host and your party a success.
People have spent centuries perfecting the art of food. The small subtleties in different kinds of food can bring a whole new experience to the palette that adds even more enjoyment to food. Perhaps the best example of this is with regards to wine and cheese. Each comes in endless varieties, and the possibilities are even greater when they're paired together.
There are four basic types of cheese:
The flavors of wine and cheese can beautifully complement each other and many cheeses have been crafted for this specific purpose. It could take a lifetime to sample everything that wine and cheese have to offer. The best way to try different wine and cheese combinations is to have a party! With so many options available, there's bound to be something for everyone. Choose a few combinations that feature your favorite varieties and share this gourmet experience with your friends. Below are some popular wine and cheese pairings:
Camembert - Champagne
Brie - Chardonnay
Robiola – Sparkling WIne
Taleggio - Pinot Blanc
Gouda - Merlot
Cheddar - Cabernet Sauvignon
Double Gloucester - Zinfandel
Pecorino - Valpolicella
Gruyere - Sauvignon Blanc
Fontina - Bardolino
Gorgonzola - Port
Stilton - Sauternes
Blue - Riesling
Cambozola - Eiswein
Ricotta - Pinot Grigio
Mozzarella - Sauvignon Blanc
Goat - Chenin Blanc
Feta - Beaujolais
Burrata - Tocai Friulano