Winter is a season that brings with it a unique charm and a distinct set of flavours, and cheese enthusiasts eagerly anticipate winter cheese seasons. While many of the cheeses are enjoyed year-round, winter still offers a selection that is not as readily available through 365 days. During the cold months animals produce richer and creamier milk that gives a unique and complex flavour to the cheese. Winter cheese varieties are often characterised by their creaminess and deep, savoury flavours, making them an ideal ingredient for cozy dishes, such as Raclette, Fondue and Mont d’Or.
Raclette is a traditional Swiss dish made of the cheese with the same name, that has gained international popularity, especially during the winter months. This semi-firm cow's milk cheese is known for its creamy, melt-in-your-mouth texture and mild, nutty flavour.
In raclette preparation, the cheese is heated until it's bubbling and golden, then scraped onto a plate and served over boiled potatoes, pickles, and cured meats. It's the ultimate comfort food, perfect for warming up on a cold day.
Fondue is a timeless winter cheese dish with its roots in Switzerland and was adopted by French people. Traditional Swiss fondue consists of a mixture of Gruyère and Emmental cheese, white wine, garlic, and kirsch (a cherry brandy). This blend results in a smooth, rich, and flavourful cheese sauce. LPB Market has its own recipe of the perfect French fondue, which you can view HERE.
Winter evenings are made cosier with a pot of bubbling cheese fondue. It's a communal experience, where diners dip pieces of bread into the molten cheese using long forks. Fondue gatherings are a social tradition that brings friends and family together around a warm, communal pot, perfect for chasing away the winter chill. It's a delightful and interactive way to enjoy cheese during the colder months.
Mont d'Or (Vacherin Mont d'Or)
Mont d'Or, also known as Vacherin Mont d'Or, is a French cheese that shines during the winter season. This cheese comes from the Jura region and is famous for its unique presentation. It's typically wrapped in spruce bark, giving it a rustic, aromatic quality.
The cheese itself is soft, creamy, and incredibly indulgent, making it an ideal winter treat. It has a distinct, earthy flavor with a hint of woodiness from the spruce bark. Mont d'Or is usually baked in the oven until it becomes molten and gooey. Then, it's served with crusty bread, potatoes, and often accompanied by charcuterie, adding depth to the flavor experience. It's perfect for sharing with loved ones by the fireside, making it a quintessential choice for holiday gatherings.
As the temperature drops and the holidays approach, indulge in the comforting and delicious world of winter cheeses to make the most of this special time of year. Whether you're seeking a cozy, communal experience with fondue, a comforting, hearty meal with Raclette, or an indulgent, aromatic treat with Mont d'Or, these cheeses add warmth and flavour to the winter season.
LPB Market Team