Celebrate the 4th with Red, White and Blue Cheeses!
We could give you a bunch of barbecue recipes to fire up your 4th of July weekend, but why not serve a platter full of festive red, white and blue cheeses? These funky cheeses are sure to impress your guests more than a cheeseburger ever will!
Clawson Windsor Red
This cheese is almost too gorgeous to eat! Clawson Windsor Red is a young, mild and creamy cheddar. During the cheddaring production process, port and brandy are added, giving the cheese its distinctive red marbling and a fruity flavor.
The producer, Long Clawson Dairy, is located in the village of Long Clawson in Leicestershire, England. They've been making traditional British cheeses since 1911!
Rougette Bavarian Red
Rougette Bavarian Red is a creamy, buttery, washed-rind cheese with a signature red rind! All-natural paprika extract is added to the rind during the cheesemaking process, which doesn't only bring out the rind's red color, but adds a bit of flavor. Bavarian Red's mild flavor pairs well with sparkling wines and red ales.
Like all cheeses made by the producer, Rougette Bavarian Red is made using pasteurized cow's milk from cows that graze in the Alpine region of Bavaria, Germany.
Known as "the heavenly cheese", Saint André is a soft-ripened, triple crème cheese made with cow's milk. Its ivory-colored interior is covered with a white, powdery bloomy mold rind that can be eaten. This high-fat (75%), rich cheese is buttery and melts in your mouth. The addition of fresh cow's cream during production makes it exceptionally dense and fudgy. It has a signature salty, tangy flavor that derives from the ocean air blowing through the pastures on which the cows graze. It tastes like a fine brie mixed with sour cream and the sweetness of whipped cream. You can't not like this one!
VSOC White Label
This Goat Gouda from the Netherlands has a "flavor more intense than you've ever experienced before! The combination of full-bodied cheese with the subtle crunch of salt crystals makes every bite something to savor. Perfect with a fresh salad or a fine white wine." Its striking white color makes it an interesting addition to a cheese board.
Rogue Creamery Smokey Blue
This blue cheese is smoked over Oregon hazelnut shells. This intriguing process gives Smokey Blue tantalizing aromas of vanilla, bread pudding, and candied bacon. You'll taste honey, apple, roasted nuts, nectarine and a mild blue taste. Pair with Whiskey, Cabernet Franc or Zinfandel.
Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Co. Original Blue
The producer describes it best: "Produced on our family farm since 2000, California’s classic style blue cheese is rindless, all-natural and gluten-free. The addictive flavor is bold with hints of sweet milk and a peppery finish." They weren't lying when they said addictive! This mild blue is a true winner whether you eat it by itself or crumbled into your favorite savory recipes.
Finish off your star-spangled cheese board with fruit cut into star shapes, various cured meats, jams, olives, crackers...whatever your heart desires!