Many people are familiar with the famous cheeses; mozzarella, cheddar, American and provolone. While these can all be delicious and excellent parts of an meal there are ways to spice up your diet with gourmet cheeses that you may be less familiar with. This article will provide you with five gourmet cheeses that you can enjoy.
Halloumi is a cheese from the island of Cyprus that can be very delicious and can add a foreign flavor to your cheese experience. Halloumi is white in color and similar in texture and taste to mozzarella cheese. Where Halloumi really shines is as a grilling cheese as it maintains its shape and texture on the grill. Halloumi is commonly served grilled (with grill marks and all) and accompanied with lemon and fresh parsley. As an alternative, try Halloumi in a sandwich accompanying tomatoes and baby spinach.
Ricotta cheese is well known but a gourmet cheese that can add as an alternative is ricotta salada. Unlike ricotta, ricotta salada is a longer lasting cheese. To make ricotta salada cheese makers apply salt to the outside of ricotta which works to draw the water out of the cheese. As such, ricotta salada is no longer a soft cheese and has a more aged and less fresh flavor. Many people use ricotta salada with pasta as a topping which is quite an excellent flavor.
Burrata is a cheese that is derived from mozzarella cheese. Unlike mozzarella cheese burrata is stuffed with cream and when you slice into it the cream will leak out onto the plate. As a result of the cream, the flavor of burrata is very rich and fresh, though it is not long lasting and should be consumed within a day of being purchased.
A swiss cheese known as coffee cheese is a semi-hard cheese that stands up to the high temperatures of coffee melting only slightly. It is commonly placed into the coffee and absorbs much of the flavor of the coffee as a result. When it melts it absorbs the flavor and is consumed once the coffee is finished.
While many people are familiar with the sharp aged cheese known as blue cheese, a gourmet alternative is Roquefort. French in origin, Roquefort cheese is known as a stinky cheese with deep blue veins of mold. While the sharp flavor can cause some to run away from it, other people love the sharp and strange flavor from the cheese. If you like stinky cheeses like blue cheese, Roquefort cheese can be an excellent alternative that is gourmet in nature.
Finding the gourmet cheeses can be difficult in comparison to some of the more common varieties. Try shopping at a gourmet cheese Columbus shop to find a gourmet cheese that you may be interested in. Remember to shop around and experiment. You may find something unique that you really and truly love.