We all know that everything tastes better with cheese â€“ but have we considered certain combinations? Sure, we have the quintessential wine and cheese pairings, the fabulous cheeseburger and the classic grilled cheese. Yet, is that where we can limit the power of cheese?
I think not.
One of my favorite combinations is the marriage of cheese with fresh fruit. Summer is here and some fabulous combinations are now available. Take some fresh peaches, a few slices of Brie de Nangis, add a few shaved almonds and you have perfection! Then there is the combination that may not sound particularly inviting, but donâ€™t knock it â€˜till you try it: Gorgonzola and pineapple. The pineappleâ€™s sweetness helps counter the Gorgonzolaâ€™s natural bite and talk about opposites attracting! Take it one step further and grill some pineapple slices before spreading on the blue. Make sure to be seated before you take a biteâ€¦
Plums and Zamorano are perhaps one of the loveliest combinations right now, as well as fresh berries and some triple-crÃ¨me cheeses like Nettle Meadow Kunik, Pierre Robert, or Brillat Savarin. Its no wonder the French each cheese for dessert â€“ how much more decadent can you get?
But donâ€™t fret when the summer days turn into fall and your fruit selection starts slimming. There is a wonderful combination that can make you forget about the creeping cold and that happens to be my particular favorite: forget about shaving Parmigiano Reggiano over pasta: eat it by the chunks and pair it with apples or pears.