MainSource: 3 Cheeses to Pair to Pear
Pear is in season, and what better way to celebrate this divine Fall fruit than with cheese? Next time you go to your neighborhood cheese shop, be sure to ask about these sheep, cow, and goat milk cheeses so you can enjoy them atop sweet, crunchy pear slices. Before a meal or after, these sophisticated duos will impress without being showy.
- Abbeye de Bel'loc: Made by Benedictine monks at the abbey of Notre-Dame de Belloc, Abbeye de Bel'loc is a traditional, French Pyrenees sheep's milk cheese. It's semisoft on the drier side and has an earthy, nutty flavor with sweet, caramel notes. This is the ultimate cheese to go with pear and can be enjoyed before dinner due to its saltiness.
- Bodacious California Goat Cheese: Bodacious California Goat cheese is made in Sonoma, CA, heart of the wine country. It has a zingy, tart, and sour flavor, which is neutralized by the sweet pear. This cheese can be enjoyed before or after dinner.
- Vendéen Bichonné: Vendéen Bichonné is a pasteurized cow's milk cheese from Brittany, France, which literally translates to "pampered cheese." My cheesemonger recommends this cheese to pregnant women - and it makes perfect sense. The cheese is buttery, savory, and a tad salty. It literally melts in your mouth, which makes it a luscious dessert cheese.
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