Advertisement

Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin

Pixabay / MGN
Pixabay / MGN(KALB)
Published: Apr. 17, 2020 at 2:31 PM CDT
Email this link
Share on Pinterest
Share on LinkedIn

Tina Peterson, with Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin, shares ideas for pairing pantry staples with Wisconsin cheese.

During these uncertain times, many are finding comfort in a well-stocked pantry of “hidden treasures”- like those specialty crackers (you impulse purchased) to the preserves your grandmother gifted you and even your leftover Valentine’s Day chocolates.

All of these common staples you may have forgotten about- make the most delightful “Pantry Pairings” with your favorite Wisconsin cheese!

For inspirational tips to add some variety, flair, and cheesy goodness to your pantry finds visit Wisconsin Cheese.

WISCONSIN CHEESE PANTRY PAIRING SUGGESTIONS

PRESERVES

You know that jar of fruit preserves that’s been sitting unopened in your pantry for months? This is the perfect time to finally crack it open. Chutneys, fruit jams, preserves, and pastes all add a burst of bright, fruity sweetness to your cheese. They can also help balance the savory and often earthy flavors of cheese Perfect Wisconsin Cheese Pairing Suggestions:

• Mango chutney and aged gouda

o Try: Roth Van Gough Gouda, Marieke Mature gouda (6-9 months), or Jeff’s Select Gouda

• Fig jam and blue cheese

o Try: Salemville Gorgonzola

• Apple butter and havarti

o Try: Roth Original Havarti or Edelweiss Havarti

DRIED FRUITS

Dried fruits add sweet-tangy flavors that get along swimmingly with young and aged cheeses alike. The flavors aren’t the only good thing here, dried fruit also adds beautiful pops of color to any meal. Perfect Wisconsin Cheese Pairing Suggestions:

• Dried apricots and aged gouda

o Try: Roth Van Gough Gouda, Marieke Mature gouda (6-9 months), or Jeff’s Select Gouda

• Dried cherries and asiago

o Try: Cello Asiago or Sartori Extra Aged Asiago

• Craisins and aged cheddar

o Try: Black Creek 3 Year cheddar, Sartori Old World Cheddar or Sartori Reserve Cheddar

GOURMET NUTS

Move over, unsalted peanuts. Nuts are snackable and salty treats that come in a variety of flavors and textures that are basically made to go with Wisconsin cheese. The crunch you get from gourmet nuts is exactly what we want between bites of cheese. You can go nuts with cheese pairing options here—they’re all good. Perfect Wisconsin Cheese Pairing Suggestions:

• Dry and salted nuts and flavored cheddar (Walnuts, Pecans, Almonds, Pistachios, Cashews)

o Try: One of Henning’ s Apple Cheddars, Tequila Lime Cheddars or Garlic & Dill Cheddars

• Candied nuts with blue or Aged cheddar

o Try: Salemville Gorgonzola, Black Creek 3 Year cheddar, Sartori Old World Cheddar, or Sartori Reserve Cheddar

CHOCOLATE

There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to pairing cheese and chocolate. Chocolate can go well with sweeter, fresh cheeses but also with earthy, savory cheeses. Try whatever pairings pop into your head—no matter how outlandish. Your tastes buds will thank you. Perfect Wisconsin Cheese Pairing Suggestions:

• Assorted dark and milk chocolate with cheddar

o Try: Sartori Montamore

• Chocolate toffee with aged gouda

o Try: Roth Van Gough Gouda, Marieke Mature gouda (6-9 months) or Jeff’s Select Gouda

• Espresso beans with parmesan

o Try: Stella Parmesan, Cello Copper Kettle Cheese, or Wood River Creamery Cheddar with Gruyere Notes

CRACKERS

You haven’t truly lived until you’ve tried blue cheese with sweet honey drizzled over it. Whatever your condiment of choice, a drizzle or dollop here and there can elevate your cheese tasting experience to new heights. We’ll start your cheeseboard off with a few of our favorite cheese and condiment pairings, but feel free to supplement as you see fit. Perfect Wisconsin Cheese Pairing Suggestions:

• Balsamic vinegar and parmesan

o Try: Stella Parmesan, Cello Copper Kettle Cheese, or Wood River Creamery Cheddar with Gruyere Notes

• Honey and blue cheese

o Try: Salemville Gorgonzola

• Olive tapenade and aged cheddar

o Try: Black Creek 3 Year cheddar, Sartori Old World Cheddar, or Sartori Reserve Cheddar