French cheeses are intimidating, but the only way to get to know them is by tasting as many as you can. Let’s walk through 5 different kinds of fromage and talk about what you should pair with them. I’ve also included a shopping list with info on where to buy French cheeses, too. Special thanks to the French Cheese Corner for sponsoring this post!
How to Make a French Cheese Plate
There are over 1,000 different kinds of cheese in France, and that’s an intimidating number for even the most experienced of cheese sluts. How do you navigate all that fromage? It’s much easier if you understand the main categories of cheese: fresh, bloomy, washed, aged, and blue. While there’s a lot of variation within these types, knowing how to categorize a cheese will always give you some idea of how the cheese will taste and what you should pair with it.
Let’s start by introducing you to 5 sultry little French cheeses: Saint André, Saint Albray, Le Cayrol, Esquirrou, and Saint Agur. This lineup represents a variety of types, ages, and milk-types, which is exactly what you’re looking for on a cheese plate. …