"An alpine style farmstead cheese from Spring Brook Farms in Vermont, it has flavors of sweet milk, sour cream, and a deep nuttiness that linger wonderfully on the palate. It melts beautifully."
Combine shaved apples, crushed hazelnuts, and balsamic glaze, or try portabello mushrooms instead.
Any French or Swiss raclette.
$9.99 / 8oz. at Di Bruno Bros.
Crottin de Chavignol
"When young, crottin are tiny little rounds of moist, smooth goat's-milk; as they age they become a bit firmer and develop a delightful creamy rind...at their oldest they are a delightful disk of hard, nutty goat cheese. Choose your favorite!"
Pickled raisins, caper berries, rosemary olive oil, and a few drops of ricotta.
Bûcheron de Chèvre
$6.99 each, at Di Bruno Bros.
Ossau Iraty Brebis
"This is a mild but wonderfully full-flavored cheese from the Basque region of France. Notes of almonds, hazelnuts, and olives give this classic cheese its delicate complexity."
Highlight its sweet and savory notes with chopped black olives, red pepper and arugula.
$13.99 / 8oz. at Di Bruno Bros.
Sheep's Milk RIcotta
"A rarer version of the classic fresh cow-milk cheese, sheep's milk ricotta is incredibly delicate, slightly sweet, with just a hint of your tell-tale sheepy tang."
PairingsRoasted corn and cilantro.
A fresh cow's milk ricotta.
Prices vary; visit your local cheese shop.
"This Alpine-style cheese is nutty, buttery, and slightly sweet, with a hefty, meaty bite. Its texture is dense and fudgy, though older wheels can be quite crystalized. Cheesemaker Evelyn Wild sources the cheese from a cooperative of local farmers and washes it repeatedly with herb-infused white wine. It's then aged for 14-18 months.
Caramelized onions, Brussels sprouts (leaves roughly separated to allow for crisping), balsamic vinegar reduction.
Cave-aged Swiss Gruyere or French Comté.
Roughly $29.99 / lb
Piacentinu with Saffron
The Cheese "For saffron lovers! The salty bite of this beautiful golden sheep's milk cheese is smoothed with the rich, warm, sweet taste of saffron. Black peppercorns kick it up a notch. Fun fact from the Di Bruno bros blog: 'The 12th-century Sicilians who invented this cheese revered saffron as an antidepressant and viewed peppercorns as wildly exotic. In fact, this cheese was special-ordered by Ruggero the Norman who wanted to cheer up his wife. After that, it became a courtly cheese that was thought to have restorative powers.'"
Pairings Shelled shrimp or clams, chopped spring onion, and a sprinkle of fresh parsley and cilantro.
Substitutions Aged pecorino; try Crotonese or Moliterno for a shave-able kick, or Foja de Noce for something a tad sweeter and crumbly.
Read more on the Di Bruno Bros. blog
Evalon Select Goat
"This smooth, sliceable aged goat cheese is made by Katie Hedrich, a young cheese maker working on her family’s goat farm in Wisconsin. Evalon doesn’t have that bold tartness of many goat cheeses; it’s gentle, with a gouda-like sweetness and a nutty tang reminiscent of parmigiano reggiano."
Sage oil, honey
Goat: Midnight Moon (California), Montealva (Spain) Cow: Piave Vecchio (Italy)
$12.99 / 8oz. at Di Bruno Bros.
Shellbark Hollow Farms, Sharp Goat
"This fresh goat cheese comes from a brother-sister duo in Chester County, PA. It's aged for two weeks to develop an awesome tart bite and deep, lemony flavor. It's fluffy and smooth, with a great tangy finish."
Capricho de Cabra (Italy) or any tart, fudgy chevre.
Artichoke hearts, pine nuts, fresh thyme, balsamic reduction.
$14.99 for 8 oz. at Di Bruno Bros.
"Taleggio is an ancient cheese with a pungent aroma. Don’t be scared! The taste is much more tame; slightly salty with notes of white wine and spring onion. The paste is soft and velvety; spoonable and spreadable at room temperature and an awesome melter."
Sopressata and sliced fresh figs.
StraCapra (Italy) is a goat's milk cheese similar to Taleggio, but a bit more delicate. Or, to go the stinkier route and try Brescianella Stagionata (Italy), another brine-washed cow milk cheese with a bit more heft.
$7.99 / 8oz. at Di Bruno Bros.