Country of Orgin: Champagne region of France
Tasty Keywords: creamy, super soft, ripened and tasty rind
Pair With: Jean-Claude Boisset Chardonnay 2005 (Suggestion courtesy of Francine Diamond at Froma on Melrose)
Cheese-o-Meter Rating: A million out of 10 stars (exceeds the standard 10 stars)
The first time I tried Chaource, a white light shined down upon me as I heard, as it were, the voice of many Stilton’s, Roquefort’s and Brie’s past and as the bevy of mighty kurds & whey of thunder laid upon me, saying, “Hallelujah! For the cheese, the Almighty Chaource, reigns! Let us rejoice and be glad forevermore!” That is how good Chaource is. A double cream pasteurized cow’s milk cheese, it’s named after the town it originated in the Champagne region. It’s ever so soft and delicate and tastes so good on mini slices of baguette. I suggest you leave it out for about 15 minutes to let the center liquify before digging in. Enjoy!
You can purchase Chaource at Froma on Melrose (www.fromaonmelrose.com) or any specialty gourmet market in your area.
Photo: Haya Zoubi