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Cheese and fruit combos


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Lately I've been experimenting with combinations of fresh fruit and cheese. I mean specifically, a bite of cheese taken in with a bite of fruit so they mix together entirely in the mouth. I have found three that I like, two that are fairly well known and one that I have not seen elsewhere although I'm sure I've not made some earth shattering discovery.

Pear (Bartlett)/Stilton (Colston Basset)

Watermelon (Seedless Red)/Feta (French)

Apple (Macoun)/Aged Gouda (Prima Donna from Holland)

All are exceptionally good and belie the ease of preparation.

As I would like to go further, does anyone have some suggestions?

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No fruit. Cheese.

Just kidding. I don't care much for fruit these days but of course citrus goes well with fried halumi.

And pomegranite seeds or juice can be interesting with Stilton. Weird colours though.

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"It's okay to like celery more than yogurt, but it's not okay to think that batter is yogurt."

Serving fine and fresh gratuitous comments since Oct 5 2001, 09:53 PM

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No fruit. Cheese.

Just kidding. I don't care much for fruit these days but of course citrus goes well with fried halumi.

And pomegranite seeds or juice can be interesting with Stilton. Weird colours though.

Gee, I'd never have thought pomegranate and stilton. Sounds weird but I'll try it. Of course, I forgot Apple/Cheddar as American as....well you know.

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Liza, right. Tomatoes are fruit.

Roasted tomatoes and a wedge of crumbly pecorino.

"I've caught you Richardson, stuffing spit-backs in your vile maw. 'Let tomorrow's omelets go empty,' is that your fucking attitude?" -E. B. Farnum

"Behold, I teach you the ubermunch. The ubermunch is the meaning of the earth. Let your will say: the ubermunch shall be the meaning of the earth!" -Fritzy N.

"It's okay to like celery more than yogurt, but it's not okay to think that batter is yogurt."

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Pears with Spanish blues.

Figs with Maytag blue (or gorgonzola or Cabrales or or), or fresh goat cheese.

Strawberries or peaches with St. Andre (or another triple creme).

Granny Smiths with youngish Parmesan.

I also like feta with watermelon. And tomato chutney with goat cheese (especially on toasted pita, for breakfast).

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No fruit. Cheese.

Just kidding. I don't care much for fruit these days but of course citrus goes well with fried halumi.

And pomegranite seeds or juice can be interesting with Stilton. Weird colours though.

Gee, I'd never have thought pomegranate and stilton. Sounds weird but I'll try it. Of course, I forgot Apple/Cheddar as American as....well you know.

using pomegranite in a dressing for a goats cheese salad works exceedingly well

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My favorite salad at the yuppie-mart near work is:  spring mix with grapes, roasted pear, and brie with a balsamic vinegrette.  The cheese and fruit combo is what makes it.

A dear friend of mine makes Raisin Chutney & Apple Stuffed Brie baked in puff pastry, it is to die for. If you want the recipe, PM me and I would be happy to send it to you

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using pomegranite in a dressing for a goats cheese salad works exceedingly well

It does. And the colours are wonderful. The texture of the seeds and the (soft) cheese together are interesting as well.

"I've caught you Richardson, stuffing spit-backs in your vile maw. 'Let tomorrow's omelets go empty,' is that your fucking attitude?" -E. B. Farnum

"Behold, I teach you the ubermunch. The ubermunch is the meaning of the earth. Let your will say: the ubermunch shall be the meaning of the earth!" -Fritzy N.

"It's okay to like celery more than yogurt, but it's not okay to think that batter is yogurt."

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The wonderful result of most of these combos is that the taste is so much more than the sum of its parts. I brought Cambazola and a stronger Roquefort to eat with soft dried apricots and pecan halves to our last PNW eGullet party. It was very complex for a 3 part bite. I'll start a new topic about this because the Bacon Candy from same party also rules with few ingredients and little effort.

Judy Amster

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Cheese. Plate. Knife and fork. The other gear should be an occasional treat only. Sorry, but I am weary of restaurants offending good cheese by serving it with overwhelming garnishes of fruits, chutneys and oily salads, and encouraging you to spread it over multi-flavored breads and crackers. So I rarely do it at home.

The cheese is the thing.

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Then you probably wouldn't enjoy the desserts at rm (*** review from Mr. Asimov in today's NY Times). The pastry chef likes pairing cheese with sweets: jelly doughnut with tomme, bittersweet chocolate mousse with goat cheese, walnut torte with St.-Nectaire...

Clunk.

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Gah.

"I've caught you Richardson, stuffing spit-backs in your vile maw. 'Let tomorrow's omelets go empty,' is that your fucking attitude?" -E. B. Farnum

"Behold, I teach you the ubermunch. The ubermunch is the meaning of the earth. Let your will say: the ubermunch shall be the meaning of the earth!" -Fritzy N.

"It's okay to like celery more than yogurt, but it's not okay to think that batter is yogurt."

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I am suspicious of what you describe. I suppose some such combinations may be appealing, but my starting point is: if you like Tomme de Savoie, and if you've got a good one, how could you come to the conclusion that it could be improved by a jelly donut garnish?

(S)he who is tired of cheese is tired of life.

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Just about any mixed-greens salad can be improved by throwing in some chunks of apple and of cheddar. Some walnut pieces wouldn't hurt either.

-- Jeff

"I don't care to belong to a club that accepts people like me as members." -- Groucho Marx

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I love a nice big piece of apple pie, hot, with a generous chunk of Cheddar slightly melted over.

I don't understand why rappers have to hunch over while they stomp around the stage hollering.  It hurts my back to watch them. On the other hand, I've been thinking that perhaps I should start a rap group here at the Old Folks' Home.  Most of us already walk like that.

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Havarti and dried apricots. Wrap the apricot with the Havarti.

Edit: I've never actually tried wrapping the apricots with the Havarti. It was one of those things I thought of as I was writing. They do go great together though.

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I am suspicious of what you describe.  I suppose some such combinations may be appealing, but my starting point is: if you like Tomme de Savoie, and if you've got a good one, how could you come to the conclusion that it could be improved by a jelly donut garnish?

Well, yes. And why mess with a bittersweet chocolate mousse? :sad:

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