Here at Murray’s we have been raving about Roquefort all month long. Can you blame us? Roquefort is classic, tasty and versatile, perfect for this time of year when lots of people are entertaining.
After we nearly had to say au revoir forever we renewed our love for this French beauty and never looked back. Let’s just say we hope it’s standing nearby when the clock strikes 12 on New Year’s Eve.
And to improve the odds of that happening, here are 5 tasty ways to enjoy one of our favorite cheeses. Bon appetit!
1. Fresh endive leaves topped with crumbled Roquefort, candied nuts and a dried cherry or cranberry. Sweet. Salty. Crunchy. Awesome.
2. Spread some Roquefort on a fig and wrap it in prosciutto. OH YEAH.
3. Serve a hunk of Roquefort au naturale. With a nice Sauternes on the side. Why mess with a classic?
4. Top your favorite cracker with some Roquefort and drizzle with honey. This sweet treat is the bees knees.
5. Whip it! Roquefort whipped with equal parts butter and cream cheese or sour cream makes an excellent dip. Whip it good! Veggies, chips and all things dip-able will be the perfect companion.
It’s true: The easiest, tastiest way to host your friends and family for the holidays is with a fantastic cheese spread. Whether you’re a cheese newbie or a fromage fanatic, this season’s latest and greatest party cheeses will help you plan your most delicious gathering. So sit back, let your mind drift to the gooey, the crumbly, the yummiest cheeses of the season.
Getting started: A great party spread has up to 6 cheeses of all different styles and milk types. We suggest delighting your guests with a mix of buttery, grassy, pungent or caramelly tastes.
More than just cheese: When picking accompaniments, from wine to nuts, pick a pairing principle:
- Choose items that are complementary â€“ pair similar flavors together, like a flavorful cheddar with a bold wine;
- That old adage is true with cheese, too: opposites attract. Don’t be shy about mixing sweet with salty;
- What grows together goes together â€“ you can’t go wrong with cheese and pairings from the same neck of the woods.
Not sure how much to buy? Our rule of thumb is 1-2 oz per cheese, per person for a party or an appetizer spread before dinner. (most of our assortments serve up to10)
Serving Sense: Cheese tastes better at room temperature, so take it out of the fridge one hour before serving. For a party, set out on a board with one knife per cheese â€“ start cutting into each piece to get it started, then let your guests go to town.
Sommelier for a day: Want to impress by pairing cheese with wine or beer like an expert? Click here to view our full beverage pairing guide.
Learn even more by going reading our Cheese Basics.
- New assortment for the holiday season: Cheeselovers Anonymous
Cheeselovers Anonymous (pictured above) features a complete tasting through all of the cheese styles – we couldn’t have dreamed up a more perfect party package!