Treat your guests to a very merry spread.
If cheese is on your wish list (and it should be), we’ve got you covered. Here are some of our favorites for holiday entertaining.
Pro Tip: Assemble your board ahead of time, then store it in the fridge wrapping loosely in wax paper. When you’re ready, simply let the platter come to room temperature before serving.
1. Fromagerie Semsales Single-Source Gruyère AOP Emmanuel “Manu” Piller and his son operate this village dairy, located in Semsales, Fribourg, Switzerland. Their Gruyère AOP shines at six months, with fresh floral aromas and deep brown-butter flavors.
Pairing recommendation: Try this semi-firm, aged cheese with rich, juicy Butterscotch Pears and salty prosciutto. The contrasting flavors accentuate the nutty flavors of the cheese. Add sliced baguette for a full spread.
2. Yorkshire Wensleydale Cheese with Cranberries In 1995 we were the first to launch Yorkshire Wensleydale with Cranberries, which is now one of our best sellers! It’s made by hand and sold fresh and young, so its flavors are mild and sweet with pops of juicy cranberry.
Pairing recommendation: Fresh, tart raspberries, bittersweet dark chocolate and The Fresh Market French Rounds are perfect complements to this creamy, sweet cheese. Add an effervescent glass of prosecco with a few festive berries, and you’re ready to celebrate!
3. Deer Creek Blue Jay Infused with juniper berry, this quintuple crème blue is rich in texture with a buttery flavor and floral aroma. Five ten-gallon cans of cream are added to each vat, so this unique botanical cheese is truly decadent. Juniper berries add a piney bouquet and delightful crunch throughout.
Pairing recommendation: Sweet honey, candied walnuts and The Fine Cheese Co. Walnut Honey EVOO Crackers help cut through the richness of this pungent, buttery cheese.
4. Montbru Sarro de Cabra This goat’s milk cheese is handcrafted in Moia, near Barcelona, Spain. It’s wrapped in a servilleta, or napkin, giving it a unique shape. Sarro de Cabra is aged for about two months and is semi-soft, buttery, fresh and intense, with a hint of bright, lemony flavor. Special Order Only
Pairing recommendation: The earthy flavors of this smooth and creamy cheese are enhanced by sweet and salty flavors of The Fresh Market Seed Overload Lavash Crackers, briny olives and The Preservatory Preserve Figs & Walnut Wine spread.