Mmmmmont d’Or

November 11, 2007 at 9:32 pm 3 comments

The first time I ate it I was attending a houseparty somewhere on the Lower East Side in New York City, probably about 5 years ago. Someone ignorant (could have easily been me) had opened the circle of bark around the cheese and thus, the hotter the party seemed to get, the more the cheese started to spread out over the entire table. But we (the selection of partygoers always at the snack table),  didn’t care – after our first bite we were hooked. We were scooping the cheese right off the table, with our backs to the rest of the party to shield it: mine! mine!… Delicious stuff.

What was it???

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 This Swiss/French cheese, le Vacherin Mont d’Or, is produced from mid August to the end of March and is thus only available in the late autumn and winter months. I missed it last year due to pregnancy (it is non-pasteurized), so needless to say I was overly thrilled when I discovered it in our local cheese shop last week.

I love this cheese! It has a very soft & subtle full flavour, a bit nutty, and raw almost. There is also a hint of wood, which must be the bark surrounding it. As pointed out before, when this cheese is at room temperature (and this is how it should be eaten), it becomes really, really runny, so the ring of bark has to stay in place.

I prefer to eat it as is – scoop it out with a piece a crusty French bread and enjoy with a glass of light red wine (Pinot Noir maybe? I’m not an expert.). Lovely as a dessert.

Alternatively, as I did last week, you can wrap aluminum foil around it, stick some garlic cloves in the crust, pour white wine over it (DRY, obviously!) and pop it in the oven (200°C) for about 20, 25 minutes. Eat as cheese fondue. Apparently you can also spoon it over jacket potatoes but I have never tried it.

Yummy!!!

(I just read that it can be frozen, so if you really like it, (or if you’re pregnant), you can, let’s say, pre-spoil yourself for next summer)!

-Esther in Amsterdam

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  • 1. emilie  |  November 12, 2007 at 9:23 pm

    I am soo sick of not eating good cheese! Non of my favourite cheeses are pasturised, I found out (a bit late). I really cannot wait to eat something really smelly. In fact I miss it more than alcohol. I guess that’s what happens if you move to France….

  • 2. Esther  |  November 12, 2007 at 10:32 pm

    Sorry Em – I wasn’t thinking when I posted this 😉

  • 3. Kim  |  November 30, 2007 at 3:29 pm

    For fans of this cheese in NW London, it is sold from time to time in Pamona (an organic store on Haverstock Hill, Belsize Park, NW3).

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