The ULTIMATE Cheese Pairing Holiday Guide – Undiscovered Kitchen

The ULTIMATE Cheese Pairing Holiday Guide – Undiscovered Kitchen

The ULTIMATE Cheese Pairing Holiday Guide - Undiscovered Kitchen Artisan Food and Gifts

The Holidays are upon us and cheese is in the air… and who doesn’t love a good cheese pairing?! With all of the holiday parties approaching, bringing a dish always seems to be the hardest part. Take a page from our cheese book, we’ve got you covered!

Presenting… The Ultimate Holiday Cheese Pairing Guide. We’ve gone through our favorite cheese picks (who can resist a good aged Gouda?) and matched them with some of our most unique sauces and spreads for a curiously delicious flavor profile that will WOW everyone at the platter. Not sure what goes with blue cheese… Mystery solved so that you’ll never again wonder what goes well with your favorite cheese again

Discover the delectable flavor combinations we have for you below!

Copy of Copy of Brie

First things first, Brie. Brie is a rich and creamy cheese that has a buttery, mushroom flavor profile that develops with age.

To contrast savory the flavor of the cheese it is recommended to pair Brie with honey. A contrast to the soft/spreadable texture of the cheese, pair it with a fruit and nut studded crackers (our personal favorite: walnuts!)

We recommend:

The Spartan Tables Wild Flower Honey: A wonderful honey that is raw, unfiltered, and pollinated from wild flowers and herbs.

Bettasnax Fruit & Nut Biscotti Chips: Indulgent fruity treats with a crisp and crunchy texture and a slightly sweet tasty flavor.

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Goat cheese has a very distinct tart flavor that grows robust as it ages (and packs a punch on your taste buds). It is this tart earthy flavor that differentiates goat cheese from cow cheeses. It can range in texture from moist to dry, or from soft to semi-firm.

The mild tanginess of goat cheese pairs excellently with hot or spicy foods. To harness this flavor combo pair a pepper infused spread or jam atop a cracker or baguette of your choosing!

We recommend:

Sunchowder Emporia’s Jalapeno Apricot and Wildflower Honey: made with jalapeños, fresh red peppers, dried apricots and local wildflower honey combined with tangerine pectin, lemon juice, lemon zest, and pure cane sugar gives this jam just the perfect amount of sweet and spicy

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Younger Cheddars (a crowd pleaser) have a rich and nutty flavor profile with a smooth, firm texture that becomes increasingly complex and crumbly with age. In its natural state Cheddar is a creamy while, but is most widely seen in a golden yellow color from the addition of annatto, a vegetable coloring.

To amp up the well known flavor of the cheese, pair with a peach jam and salami to get a savory sweet flavor extravaganza! 

We Recommend:

The Jam Lab’s White Peach & Ginger Jam: made with Organic White Peaches and organic Ginger from a local farmer’s market.

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In its younger stages Gruyère cheese tends to have a more creamy and nutty flavor profile that grows with complexity with age. Its flavor tends to be leaner with nutty, woodsy and grassy undertones.

Because of this, Gruyère pairs well with mustards and ham—as inspired by Croque Monsieur, the famous French Ham and Cheese Sandwich!

We Recommend:

Mustard and Co.’s Honey Curry Mustard: infused with two ingredients that distinguish this mustard from the rest: balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil. (YUM)
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Blue veined cheeses have a very intense sharp and pungent flavor profile. It’s texture ranges from smooth to creamy to crumbly, with striking veins that can be green, grey, blue or even black in color. This cheese is for the adventurous cheese connoisseurs who enjoy it’s stinky smell and pungent flavor.

Pair with spiced beets to get an amazingly bold and earthy flavor combination! For a sweeter flavor profile, pair with pecans & jam for a more advanced texture and flavor complexity.

We Recommend:

Wozz Kitchen Creations Indian Spiced Beet (root) Relish: Fresh beets and Indian spices make this a savory sweet earthy relish suited best for Goats Cheese and Blue Cheese.

Norm’s Farms Elderberry Ginger Pecan Jam: loaded with chunks of pecans and candied ginger. Delicious with soft cheeses and crusty bread, this tasty and unique jam is a wonderful way to get your daily serving of elderberry!

Aged Gouda

When in its younger staged Gouda cheese is softer with a mild flavor. As it ages, it develops a distinctively sharp yet sweet taste that many compare to butterscotch.

Aged gouda pairs best with fresh apple, fig spread, and olives.

We Recommend:

River Wave Foods Tapanui Tapenade: an eclectic fig and olive spread. Delicious served as an appetizer with assorted cheese and fresh fruit.

What’s your favorite cheese pairing!? Leave a comment below and let us know!

Evona is a passionate foodie, entrepreneur and the founder of Undiscovered Kitchen, a digital farmer’s market for small batch, specialty foods! She loves discovering new foods from around the country and talking to the artisans who make them.

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