7 Healthy (and Delicious) Cheese Pairings

7 Healthy (and Delicious) Cheese Pairings

The year is coming to a close and many of us are setting resolutions and making goals to get 2019 off to a healthier start. If this sounds like you, then we have some great news to share: cheese is a health food. Even though it has a reputation for being an indulgence, cheese is actually rich with essential vitamins, minerals, protein, and healthy fats. A recent study even suggests that enjoying three servings of dairy a day is associated with lower rates of cardiovascular disease.  


Before you start packing in the pizza and fondue, take note: a healthy, cheese-filled diet is all about portion control. A serving of cheese is 1 oz, which is about the size of 2 dice. Try to incorporate 3 oz of cheese into your daily diet and pair it with plenty of fruits and veggies.


Here are 7 of our favorite healthy and delicious pairings ideas to work into your 2019 resolutions.

1. Goat Cheese + Arugula

Fresh, tangy goat cheese is delicious sprinkled atop a bed of peppery arugula. Just add a little balsamic vinaigrette and some crunchy nuts for a perfect salad you can even bring to work.

2. Brie + Sauteed Mushrooms

The soft, pillowy rind on brie has notes of earthy mushrooms, so this pairing is a no-brainer. We especially like it melted down into an omelet or grilled cheese.

3. Cheddar + Apples

The perfect addition to any lunchbox! Cheddar is so toothsome and satisfying, some juicy apple slices are the perfect complement to that rich tangy flavor.

4. Gruyère + Caramelized Onions

Alpines like Gruyère naturally boast deep caramelized flavors and savory, brothy notes that go spectacularly well with onion jam. Try this combo in a sweet potato gratin or frittata.

5. Manchego + Marcona almonds

Sheep’s milk cheeses like Manchego are rich with notes of roasted nuts that shine when paired with Marcona almonds, which have a more delicate, slightly sweeter flavor than their California cousins.

6. Washed Rinds + Pickles

Zippy pickles have the right amount of acidity to cut through the rich, buttery texture and beefy flavors for which stinky washed rinds are famous. Try Taleggio with pickled peppers, preferably melted over pasta.

7. Blue Cheese + Dried figs

Salty, funky blue cheese crave something sweet to balance them out. We love pairing them with dried mission figs, which had a deep, complex sweetness that pairs well with creamy blues.



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November

Massachusetts Cheese Festival
Saturday, November 2nd 
Somerville, Massachusetts
Sample and purchase dozens of different cheeses, beverages and local foods and meet some of Massachusetts’ award-winning artisan cheesemakers at this event that features educational sessions with local cheese experts.

The Global Cheese Technology Forum 
Tuesday, November 5th - Thursday, November 7th 
Reno, Nevada
This biennial event is designed to provide the latest technical information relevant to the cheese industry and provide knowledge, education and networking.

Cheese Berlin
Friday, November 8th to Sunday, November 10th 
Berlin, Germany
This annual fest in Berlin’s Markthalle Neun is driven by a Slow Food ethos; it’s a great spot to sample artisanal and traditional wheels from throughout Europe.

Grant Park Wine and Cheese Fest
Saturday, November 9th
Atlanta, Georgia
Don’t miss Grant Park Conservancy’s 2nd Annual Wine & Cheese Tasting Festival in Historic Grant Park. Featuring locally made wine and delectable cheese to pair it with, there should be something for everyone to enjoy!  

Cheese Festa
Monday, November 11th
Tokyo, Japan
Did you know that this will be Japan’s 27th year celebrating a national Cheese Day? Explore the country’s elusive cheese scene at this annual festival. 

Fête des Fromage
Wednesday, November 13th, Friday November 15th to Saturday November 16th
New Orleans, Louisiana
Back for a second year, Fête des Fromages, otherwise known as the NOLA Cheese Fest, is a celebration of all things cheese set against the backdrop of the culinary mecca of New Orleans. Taste more than 150 cheeses and meet cheesemakers from around the world on the grounds of the New Orleans Jazz Museum. 

December

10th Annual Crucolo Parade
Thursday, December 5th
Concord, Massachusetts
See the largest wheel of Italian Cheese in the Western Hemisphere as it arrives on a horse-drawn cart accompanied by music, dancing, proclamations, and of course — sampling!

Cheese Fest UK
Saturday, December 7th
Bath, United Kingdom
Experience some of the greatest cheeses in the world with melted raclette, gooey mozzarella sticks, top notch toasties, and a whole host of unique slices and cheese innovations from the UK’s best traders. 

Say Cheese Wine Trail
Saturday, December 14th - Sunday, December 15th
Hermann, Missouri
Sip and sample wine and cheese pairings, from the classic to the creative. Held annually the second weekend of December, this event coincides with Hermann’s popular Kristkindl Markt, an Old-World holiday market. 

The Most Decadent New Year's Eve! @ Murray's Cheese
Tuesday, December 31st
New York, New York
Ring in the new year by sipping on Champagne and enjoy a tasting of  foie gras, caviar, honest-to-goodness truffles, and of course, the best cheeses Murray’s have to offer, some of which are so special that they're only available during the holidays!

 

January Events

Cheesemonger Invitational 
Monday, January 13
San Francisco, California  
The “Olympics of cheesemongering” returns. This event honors cheesemongers by putting them center stage in a unique competition that showcases their technical skills, encyclopedic knowledge, and passionate salesmanship. 

Artisan Dairy Food Safety Plan Coaching Workshop
Thursday, January 16 - Friday, January 17
Hartford, Connecticut
This coaching workshop is intended for Artisan Cheese and Dairy Food Producers who are preparing to create, or are already developing, a food safety plan for their facility. The goal of this workshop is to provide Food Safety Plan review and coaching sessions that guide attendees through each step in the development process. 

Isthmus Beer & Cheese Fest
Saturday, January 18
Madison, Wisconsin
Meet and mingle with brewers and cheesemakers from around the state (and beyond) and sample hundreds of delicious creations in the midst of your bleak Wisconsin winter. 

Dairy Forum 2020
Sunday, January 26th - Wednesday, January 29th
Scottsdale, Arizona
IDFA’s Dairy Forum is the premier event for dairy food executives to connect with other industry leaders, advance their knowledge, and to discover new perspectives on issues that are important to our industry. More than 1,000 dairy leaders are expected to convene to explore, discover, and experience the POWER OF DAIRY. 

National Cheese Lover’s Day 
Monday, January 20
Everywhere
Celebrate the curd and enjoy some cheese! It’s the perfect excuse to indulge in an old favorite or enjoy something new.


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