If there is one type of food our family could never, ever live without… it would undoubtedly be cheese. We LOVE cheese… and one of our favorite things to do when we have friends over is throw cheese tasting parties! While throwing a tasting party can be a little expensive and intimidating- there really isnt any reason it should be thanks to the brand new Sargento Tastings line! Today I am sharing my favorites from Sargento Tastings and how to incorporate them into a fun, unfussy way to throw a cheese tasting party!
Normally, when throwing a party, we search all over at a variety of stores to find the cheeses we are looking for. We try to have a good balance- some slightl sweet, some creamy, some aged, some salty, some funky, some with herbs or orther flavors. Luckily, Sargento Tastings takes all the guesswork out of buying! When you buy a variety of their cheeses, you are getting delicious notes and flavors that pair excelently with fruit, crackers, bread, and other foods.
For a party, I like to assemble a wide variety of flavors for people to try and see what they like to put together. While there are some reccommended pairings I am going to go over later, I really encourage guests to find their own favorites! Sometimes my favorite pairrings at a cheese party come from completely unexpected places- like I LOVE the Aged Vermont Cheddar with pears, honey and lavender!
Unless you’re willing to try something new, you might not know what flavors you like paired with cheese the best- so go ahead and put out a wide variety of snacks at your tasting, like nuts (pistachios and walnuts both bring out interesting flavors in cheeses), fruit, chocolate, bread, crackers and salami or anti pasti to go along with your Sargento Tastings.
Aged Wisconsin Cheddar, New Zealander, and Aged Vermont Cheddar are all deliciously versatile tasters. They pair fabulously with a lot of different things- I loved trying them with a hoppy IPA or a pinor noir, as well as herby crackers, apples, pears, grapes, walnuts, honey, and salami. These takes on a traditional cheddar are slightly sweet, rich, and have a slight tangy taste that goes great with a wide variety of foods.
Bruscetta Jack and Fiesta Pepper Jack are cheeses that are not for people who love plain. They are full of herbs, spices and have a nice little kick to pair well with veggies, crackers, or on burgers. They also make a fabulous quesadilla with grilled chicken and pair well with a pale ale or an IPA.
Creamy Havarti and cabernet pair together like they were a match made in heaven. Throw in some salty crackers or sourdough bread, grapes, and pears- and you’ll swear you’ve found the best combination yet.
Salty and complex cheeses like Parmentino and Asiago go great with dried fruit, chardonnay, pistachios, a farmhouse ale, and bready, pillow like crackers. They are a great palate cleanser too- eat these in between more robust cheeses to help not overpower your tastebuds. While these cheeses may not be the most aggressive- they are completely addictive and you’ll find yourself reaching for more and more of these salty treats!
Which pairing are you most excited to try? Which flavor Sargento Tastings will you be hunting down next time you are at the store?