Netflix and Cheese?

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.

Don’t Grill Us: We’ll Give You Our Grilled Cheese Secrets!

It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for – April is GRILLED CHEESE MONTH. You know that we indulge in grilled cheese whether it’s Grilled Cheese Month or not, but this is the time of year to up your grilled cheese game and step away from the simple recipe of cheddar and white bread. (Not that we don’t LOVE cheddar and white bread, but we just know it’s time for you to try something a little bit different!) We’ll give you the inside scoop on a few add-ons that will up the ante on your next cheesy treat. And trust us, you’ll be saying thanks after just one bite.

You’ve probably had bacon in your grilled cheese (and if you haven’t tried that out yet, it’s amazing). But let’s take it up a notch! Speck is a thinly sliced, Prosciutto-like meat that is velvety, herbal, and just a little bit smoky. The whole muscle is smoked over beechwood for hours, then pressed in a crust of juniper, thyme, sage, and fennel. Think of it as smoked bacon’s fancy older brother. Spread some fig spread on a rustic wholegrain bread, add some super melty Fontina Fontal, and layer the speck in the middle and, PRESTO: Grilled cheese magic.

You’ve done meat, now let’s talk about spreads. Now, we love being able to dip our sammies in sauce (think a French Dip or anything with gravy). But you should really consider spreading instead of dipping! Take a meaty cheddar, like Montgomery’s Cheddar, and spread a heaping spoonful of Puddletown Pub Chutney on some sourdough bread. The chutney, made from apples and onions that are soaked in an espresso stout, is going to impart flavors you didn’t even know existed (basically, it’s autumn in a jar) and bring a warm, comforting feeling that is perfect for a rainy day.

Okay, you’ve probably tried (or at least heard of) brie and granny smith apples in a grilled cheese before. But now’s the time to step up your game with that too. Forget about the brie – go with Camembert instead. Those earthy notes and buttery flavors will perfectly balance out the tart granny smith apples. Need to crank it up one more notch? Try Mike’s. Hot. Honey. Not only is it going to accentuate the sweetness, but it’ll add a spicy kick to the sandwich that you didn’t know you needed.