Choosing just five French cheeses out of the multitude that I've tasted over the last couple of years was an interesting task. Especially since so many of my favorites aren't available outside of France. But I thought that if I narrowed down the choice to just five superb French cheeses that are all available in the States, maybe it would inspire some of you to put together a cheese platter to serve family and friends during the holidays.
One of the best things about a cheese platter is there's no cooking involved. At this time of year, you've got to love that! After you've purchased a varied selection, it just takes a bit of arranging on plates or platters and adorning with some fruit, possibly some nuts, and sliced French bread or crackers.
I think a cheese platter is the perfect thing to take the edge off if you're throwing une petite fête that will carry on until the wee hours. After the nibbles have been reduced to crumbs, put out a cheese platter and your guests will be revived and ready to keep the party going!
1) Bleu d'Auvergne
Buttery and smoky tasting. A delicious bleu!
No wonder this one is a favorite here in France. Its distinctive nutty and caramelized flavor is so satisfying.
3) Brie de Nangis
Smooth and buttery and an absolutely delectable member of the brie family.
4) Pouligny Saint-Pierre
This little pyramide is sublime!
5) Brin d'Amour or Fleur de Maquis
Seductive and soft on the inside. Spicy and herby on the outside.
These cheeses are all available online through my Amazon Store, Murray's Cheese, fromages.com and artisanalcheese.com