The food world is buzzing about New York’s favorite cheese shop’s first-ever foray into cheesemaking! One of our go-to outlets for foodie news, Edible Manhattan, wrote a great article about Ezra, the clothbound cheddar created entirely by Murray’s Cheese. Give it a read and then try Ezra for yourself!
It’s Cinco de Mayo, it feels like it’s summer out, and we want one thing – Tacos! But the problem is, we’re totally over our usual cheese choices. We want to spice things up, so we set out today to create some unique tacos with some delicious cheeses. And hey, we even threw in a nacho option for those of you who prefer the super cheesy option!
While cotija is traditional, there was something missing when we sprinkled the crumbly white cheese over our tacos. We wanted a little more tang, a little bit more of a kick to go with each flavorful bite. We settled on Capri – a fresh goat’s milk chevre from Massachusetts. Capri is lovely and lactic, with delicate citrus notes that really brighten up that taco flavor – think of it as a squeeze of lime. We really loved them on top of shredded chicken tacos, since Capri adds a rich creaminess that balances well with the light meat!
We’re totally tickled by the idea of adding an English cheddar to our tacos – and you’ll be surprised how well it works. Freshly shredded, we sprinkled this nutty, tangy cheese over some pork tacos (with some pinto beans, of course) and yum! A little bit of sweetness from the cheddar makese the spices in the taco shine, especially with a peppery salsa. The combo definitely benefits from a cold, crisp Mexican cerveza, just in time for that summer weather!
A hint of smokiness was just what our beef tacos needed, so we broke out a Spanish standard. From Basque country, made with raw sheep’s milk, Idiazabal spends some time over a smoldering fire, lightly smoking the cheese. Spaniards have been doing this for years, hanging the wheels over a fireplace in order to let the wet whey dry a little quicker. This toothsome, rich cheese is super buttery and just a little bit meaty, which makes it great for upping the robust flavor of your taco.
What if we told you we found the perfect nacho cheese? A cheese so creamy and gooey that you don’t even have to melt it? That’s what you’re getting with Spain’s Arzua Ulloa. It is mild, yet complex, with hints of freshly churned butter and proofing bread dough. Arzua Ulloa packs all this delicious flavor and still boasts unrelenting creaminess. It will melt the moment it hits your warm tortilla chips, and will leave them tasting whey better than that bright orange nacho cheese we usually think of. Nachos: Murray’s Style.
There is a word in Danish that we’ve been thinking a lot about lately. The word is hygge, and it doesn’t have an exact translation to English. Hygge is a feeling, an idea of togetherness, of creating a space of wholeness and comfort. When used as a noun, it is something that is cozy, safe, and known. The idea of hygge is exactly what we feel when we think about Murray’s newest Danish cheese collection!
Usually, when we talk about Danish cheese the only thing that comes to people’s minds is Havarti. And while Havarti is great, it only represents a tiny bit of what Danish cheese has to offer. Murray’s new collection highlights how many different cheeses are coming out of Denmark – from creamy goat’s milks to gouda-styles to tangy blues. Not only that, but Murray’s is the only company in the US importing these decadent treats! We are SO excited to share Danish delights with you – they’re some of the best cheeses we’ve ever tasted!
Sometimes, artisan cheeses can come off as ‘snobby’, but we couldn’t agree less! Here at Murray’s, we want everyone to enjoy cheese in whatever whey they want – whether it’s at a fancy dinner party or just snacking on the couch watching Netflix. Cheese is what you make it, to be enjoyed however you like. With this idea in mind, we took some of our favorite artisan cheeses and paired them with snack food – the kinds of things you can find at your corner store or local bodega. No need to get fancy! It just has to taste good!
Sour Cream & Onion Lays Potato Chips + Montgomery’s Cheddar
There’s something about a bright green bag that makes us want to take it home and break into it. Normally we’d open up some dip and really go to town, but instead, we suggest breaking out a chunk of Montgomery’s Cheddar. This English cheddar isn’t like the ones you’d find outside of the US. Monty is savory and meaty, with notes of chive and baked potato. Both the chips and the cheese are highly snackable – they have that addictive quality that makes you want to nibble mindlessly while marathoning old episodes of Parks & Recreation. So, snack on!
Flamin’ Hot Cheetos + Epoisses
A funky wheel of Epoisses might not be the first thing you think of for a midnight bite, but this bacony, custardy cheese is practically its own dip. If you’re thinking about what to dunk, we suggest a fiery red bag of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. The cheesy heat might leave a red residue all over your fingers, but once it’s covered in gooey, tasty cheese, you won’t even care about the stains. The heat of the crispy cheese puffs cuts through the funk, leaving Epoisses’ spicy, meaty, and surprisingly creamy flavors to dazzle in its wake.
Original Cherry Pop Rocks + Valencay
We owe this pair to one of our expert mongers over at Murray’s Cheese Bar! Valencay is a French classic that comes from the Loire Valley – the goat cheese capital of the world. It has a storied history, and was said to even have had a run in with Napoleon, who chopped off the pyramid-shaped cheese’s top out of frustration after a battle gone awry. But don’t let that intimidate you – it makes a seriously great snack with a candy you probably haven’t had since you were a kid: Pop Rocks! You know how we recommend champagne and bubblies with soft cheeses goat’s milk cheeses? This is the candy equivalent. It sounds crazy, but there’s something about these fruity cherry popping candies that pairs perfectly with tangy, minerally Valencay.
Chips Ahoy! Chocolate Chip Cookies + Persille de Rambouillet
One of our cheesemongers likes to compare Persille to vanilla birthday cake, and she’s not wrong. There’s something sweet and creamy about this goat’s milk blue that makes it unlike any other we’ve tasted. To pair this cheese with chocolate would be obvious, but we want to take it a step further. Spreading a little bit of blue cheese on top of a chocolate chip cookie might seem a little bit odd. But trust us, it’s worth it. It’s the dessert you’d never think of, but you’ll realize just how perfect it is when enjoyed with a glass of wine while lounging around.