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Hooked on Cheese: Cantal: The Original Fromage

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Take a trip back in time with this historic cow’s milk cheese

Named for the Cantal Mountains in the Auvergne region, this cheese is packed with as much flavor as history.

A 2,000-year-old cheese? Really?

Cantal, the great French cow’s milk cheese, has been made since the times of the Gauls— far longer than the more well-known Roquefort (first produced in the eleventh century) or Livarot (first produced in the thirteenth century). In fact, the French word for cheese, fromage, most likely originated from name of the wooden cylinders, les formages, in which Cantal cheese was traditionally made. In 1956, Cantal became just the third cheese to be given the prestigious state-controlled AOC designation; needless to say, it has long been considered one of France’s cheese icons.

I was first attracted to this cheese because it has one of the best labels I have seen. I got interested, did some research. It was Cheddar-like, and I like Cheddar. To me, it is better than most Cheddars because of the less sweet notes usually found in American Cheddar-style cheeses and more grass and floral notes, so it is a bit more savory.

Named for the Cantal Mountains in the Auvergne region, this cheese is packed with as much flavor as history. Its taste is similar to British Cheddars in that it tends to be more savory than sweet, unlike those made in America. It has a slightly nutty flavor with hints of pleasant bitterness, and a wonderful sharpness that pairs well with Côtes du Rhône red wines — some of my favorite wines to drink with firm cheeses.

The most commonly found version comes in a 22-pound cylinder with a mottled brown rind. If possible, talk to your cheesemonger and seek out the longest-aged form you can find — six months or more is best — for a cheese with more sharpness and bite. Cantal is wonderful as a fondue, grated on top of pasta, or melted on a gourmet sandwich.

You can follow Raymond's cheese adventures on Facebook, Twitter, and his website. Additional reporting by Madeleine James.


Hooked on Cheese: Cantal: The Original Fromage - Recipes

France

Frances Original Green Country Cheese

For over 2000 years, Cantal DOP has been made in the Auvergne territory of France&rsquos south-central department of Cantal. This region has always been known as the "Green Country," since volcanic enriched valleys, formed by the surrounding, extinct volcanoes, are drenched with powerful mountain storms, resulting in incredibly lush, extremely fertile pastures that are filled with distinctively particular flora. Here, nature is remarkably preserved.

Born out of necessity, this large-format fromage was how local inhabitants, far from mainstream traffic, survived harsh winters. But this pressed, uncooked cheese shares the region&rsquos name and became protected in 1956, also because Cantal so perfectly displays the area&rsquos extraordinary geographical character.

Made exclusively from regional cow&rsquos milk, traditional cheese-making techniques have ensured survival of Cantal&rsquos specific taste and aroma. When young, aged up to three months, the cheese takes on its signature sweet, milky butteriness with hazelnut and licorice accents. Further refining strengthens Cantal&rsquos hallmark flavors, darkens the semi-firm, close-textured, smooth, ivory paste and thickens the powdery, dry rind.

This iconic cheese has caught attention throughout the millennia, from Pliny the Elder&rsquos 1st Century AD reference in his &ldquoHistoria Naturalis,&rdquo to King Louis XIV court, by way of the Count of Auvergne, to modern French poets who continue to marvel at Cantal&rsquos refined simplicity. Cantal is not just an ancient taste of rural France it is timeless.

Application: Traditionally served as a table cheese at the end of a meal, Cantal makes a great snack at any time of day, going well with seafood, nuts, apples, grapes and berries. It is also a great ingredient for cooking. Cantal melts well, without being stringy, and adds flavor to salads, soups, fondue or gratins. Cantal is also featured in the Auverge specialty, Alligot, made with mashed or pureed potatoes and melted Cantal.

Pairing: Cantal works especially well with fruit forward wines. A great red pairing would be a Cotes du Rhone from the nearby Rhone region or a Beaujolais from Burgundy. For a white, a Chenin Blanc from the Loire brings out nutty accents.

Mandorla Croccante by Pisti

Product Details: #058719 12/250 g

Perfect pairings

Founded by two young Sicilians with a deep passion for preserving Sicilian tradition, Pistì&rsquos artisanal sweets are handmade according to recently rediscovered recipes. Located in the Southern Italian landscape surrounding Mount Etnea, Europe&rsquos largest active volcano, Pistì uses only the best, most carefully selected, natural ingredients with no additives or preservatives.

Pistì Mandorla Croccante (meaning crunchy with almonds), is an extremely popular sweet throughout Italy, especially Sicily. Made with the famous Avola Sicilian almonds that are mixed with caramelized Sicilain honey from Zagara d&rsquoArancio (orange blossoms) grown in Zafferana Etnea, Mandorla Croccante hardens into a delightful, brittle-type candy. Finally it is packaged in an elegant box for the world to enjoy.

Great as a sweet snack, Mandorla Croccante is also delicious served with coffee or crushed to fill cannoli and top ice cream and many other desserts. Mandorla Croccante is also a traditional favorite enjoyed over the holidays.


Hooked on Cheese: Cantal: The Original Fromage - Recipes

France

Frances Original Green Country Cheese

For over 2000 years, Cantal DOP has been made in the Auvergne territory of France&rsquos south-central department of Cantal. This region has always been known as the "Green Country," since volcanic enriched valleys, formed by the surrounding, extinct volcanoes, are drenched with powerful mountain storms, resulting in incredibly lush, extremely fertile pastures that are filled with distinctively particular flora. Here, nature is remarkably preserved.

Born out of necessity, this large-format fromage was how local inhabitants, far from mainstream traffic, survived harsh winters. But this pressed, uncooked cheese shares the region&rsquos name and became protected in 1956, also because Cantal so perfectly displays the area&rsquos extraordinary geographical character.

Made exclusively from regional cow&rsquos milk, traditional cheese-making techniques have ensured survival of Cantal&rsquos specific taste and aroma. When young, aged up to three months, the cheese takes on its signature sweet, milky butteriness with hazelnut and licorice accents. Further refining strengthens Cantal&rsquos hallmark flavors, darkens the semi-firm, close-textured, smooth, ivory paste and thickens the powdery, dry rind.

This iconic cheese has caught attention throughout the millennia, from Pliny the Elder&rsquos 1st Century AD reference in his &ldquoHistoria Naturalis,&rdquo to King Louis XIV court, by way of the Count of Auvergne, to modern French poets who continue to marvel at Cantal&rsquos refined simplicity. Cantal is not just an ancient taste of rural France it is timeless.

Application: Traditionally served as a table cheese at the end of a meal, Cantal makes a great snack at any time of day, going well with seafood, nuts, apples, grapes and berries. It is also a great ingredient for cooking. Cantal melts well, without being stringy, and adds flavor to salads, soups, fondue or gratins. Cantal is also featured in the Auverge specialty, Alligot, made with mashed or pureed potatoes and melted Cantal.

Pairing: Cantal works especially well with fruit forward wines. A great red pairing would be a Cotes du Rhone from the nearby Rhone region or a Beaujolais from Burgundy. For a white, a Chenin Blanc from the Loire brings out nutty accents.

Mandorla Croccante by Pisti

Product Details: #058719 12/250 g

Perfect pairings

Founded by two young Sicilians with a deep passion for preserving Sicilian tradition, Pistì&rsquos artisanal sweets are handmade according to recently rediscovered recipes. Located in the Southern Italian landscape surrounding Mount Etnea, Europe&rsquos largest active volcano, Pistì uses only the best, most carefully selected, natural ingredients with no additives or preservatives.

Pistì Mandorla Croccante (meaning crunchy with almonds), is an extremely popular sweet throughout Italy, especially Sicily. Made with the famous Avola Sicilian almonds that are mixed with caramelized Sicilain honey from Zagara d&rsquoArancio (orange blossoms) grown in Zafferana Etnea, Mandorla Croccante hardens into a delightful, brittle-type candy. Finally it is packaged in an elegant box for the world to enjoy.

Great as a sweet snack, Mandorla Croccante is also delicious served with coffee or crushed to fill cannoli and top ice cream and many other desserts. Mandorla Croccante is also a traditional favorite enjoyed over the holidays.


Hooked on Cheese: Cantal: The Original Fromage - Recipes

France

Frances Original Green Country Cheese

For over 2000 years, Cantal DOP has been made in the Auvergne territory of France&rsquos south-central department of Cantal. This region has always been known as the "Green Country," since volcanic enriched valleys, formed by the surrounding, extinct volcanoes, are drenched with powerful mountain storms, resulting in incredibly lush, extremely fertile pastures that are filled with distinctively particular flora. Here, nature is remarkably preserved.

Born out of necessity, this large-format fromage was how local inhabitants, far from mainstream traffic, survived harsh winters. But this pressed, uncooked cheese shares the region&rsquos name and became protected in 1956, also because Cantal so perfectly displays the area&rsquos extraordinary geographical character.

Made exclusively from regional cow&rsquos milk, traditional cheese-making techniques have ensured survival of Cantal&rsquos specific taste and aroma. When young, aged up to three months, the cheese takes on its signature sweet, milky butteriness with hazelnut and licorice accents. Further refining strengthens Cantal&rsquos hallmark flavors, darkens the semi-firm, close-textured, smooth, ivory paste and thickens the powdery, dry rind.

This iconic cheese has caught attention throughout the millennia, from Pliny the Elder&rsquos 1st Century AD reference in his &ldquoHistoria Naturalis,&rdquo to King Louis XIV court, by way of the Count of Auvergne, to modern French poets who continue to marvel at Cantal&rsquos refined simplicity. Cantal is not just an ancient taste of rural France it is timeless.

Application: Traditionally served as a table cheese at the end of a meal, Cantal makes a great snack at any time of day, going well with seafood, nuts, apples, grapes and berries. It is also a great ingredient for cooking. Cantal melts well, without being stringy, and adds flavor to salads, soups, fondue or gratins. Cantal is also featured in the Auverge specialty, Alligot, made with mashed or pureed potatoes and melted Cantal.

Pairing: Cantal works especially well with fruit forward wines. A great red pairing would be a Cotes du Rhone from the nearby Rhone region or a Beaujolais from Burgundy. For a white, a Chenin Blanc from the Loire brings out nutty accents.

Mandorla Croccante by Pisti

Product Details: #058719 12/250 g

Perfect pairings

Founded by two young Sicilians with a deep passion for preserving Sicilian tradition, Pistì&rsquos artisanal sweets are handmade according to recently rediscovered recipes. Located in the Southern Italian landscape surrounding Mount Etnea, Europe&rsquos largest active volcano, Pistì uses only the best, most carefully selected, natural ingredients with no additives or preservatives.

Pistì Mandorla Croccante (meaning crunchy with almonds), is an extremely popular sweet throughout Italy, especially Sicily. Made with the famous Avola Sicilian almonds that are mixed with caramelized Sicilain honey from Zagara d&rsquoArancio (orange blossoms) grown in Zafferana Etnea, Mandorla Croccante hardens into a delightful, brittle-type candy. Finally it is packaged in an elegant box for the world to enjoy.

Great as a sweet snack, Mandorla Croccante is also delicious served with coffee or crushed to fill cannoli and top ice cream and many other desserts. Mandorla Croccante is also a traditional favorite enjoyed over the holidays.


Hooked on Cheese: Cantal: The Original Fromage - Recipes

France

Frances Original Green Country Cheese

For over 2000 years, Cantal DOP has been made in the Auvergne territory of France&rsquos south-central department of Cantal. This region has always been known as the "Green Country," since volcanic enriched valleys, formed by the surrounding, extinct volcanoes, are drenched with powerful mountain storms, resulting in incredibly lush, extremely fertile pastures that are filled with distinctively particular flora. Here, nature is remarkably preserved.

Born out of necessity, this large-format fromage was how local inhabitants, far from mainstream traffic, survived harsh winters. But this pressed, uncooked cheese shares the region&rsquos name and became protected in 1956, also because Cantal so perfectly displays the area&rsquos extraordinary geographical character.

Made exclusively from regional cow&rsquos milk, traditional cheese-making techniques have ensured survival of Cantal&rsquos specific taste and aroma. When young, aged up to three months, the cheese takes on its signature sweet, milky butteriness with hazelnut and licorice accents. Further refining strengthens Cantal&rsquos hallmark flavors, darkens the semi-firm, close-textured, smooth, ivory paste and thickens the powdery, dry rind.

This iconic cheese has caught attention throughout the millennia, from Pliny the Elder&rsquos 1st Century AD reference in his &ldquoHistoria Naturalis,&rdquo to King Louis XIV court, by way of the Count of Auvergne, to modern French poets who continue to marvel at Cantal&rsquos refined simplicity. Cantal is not just an ancient taste of rural France it is timeless.

Application: Traditionally served as a table cheese at the end of a meal, Cantal makes a great snack at any time of day, going well with seafood, nuts, apples, grapes and berries. It is also a great ingredient for cooking. Cantal melts well, without being stringy, and adds flavor to salads, soups, fondue or gratins. Cantal is also featured in the Auverge specialty, Alligot, made with mashed or pureed potatoes and melted Cantal.

Pairing: Cantal works especially well with fruit forward wines. A great red pairing would be a Cotes du Rhone from the nearby Rhone region or a Beaujolais from Burgundy. For a white, a Chenin Blanc from the Loire brings out nutty accents.

Mandorla Croccante by Pisti

Product Details: #058719 12/250 g

Perfect pairings

Founded by two young Sicilians with a deep passion for preserving Sicilian tradition, Pistì&rsquos artisanal sweets are handmade according to recently rediscovered recipes. Located in the Southern Italian landscape surrounding Mount Etnea, Europe&rsquos largest active volcano, Pistì uses only the best, most carefully selected, natural ingredients with no additives or preservatives.

Pistì Mandorla Croccante (meaning crunchy with almonds), is an extremely popular sweet throughout Italy, especially Sicily. Made with the famous Avola Sicilian almonds that are mixed with caramelized Sicilain honey from Zagara d&rsquoArancio (orange blossoms) grown in Zafferana Etnea, Mandorla Croccante hardens into a delightful, brittle-type candy. Finally it is packaged in an elegant box for the world to enjoy.

Great as a sweet snack, Mandorla Croccante is also delicious served with coffee or crushed to fill cannoli and top ice cream and many other desserts. Mandorla Croccante is also a traditional favorite enjoyed over the holidays.


Hooked on Cheese: Cantal: The Original Fromage - Recipes

France

Frances Original Green Country Cheese

For over 2000 years, Cantal DOP has been made in the Auvergne territory of France&rsquos south-central department of Cantal. This region has always been known as the "Green Country," since volcanic enriched valleys, formed by the surrounding, extinct volcanoes, are drenched with powerful mountain storms, resulting in incredibly lush, extremely fertile pastures that are filled with distinctively particular flora. Here, nature is remarkably preserved.

Born out of necessity, this large-format fromage was how local inhabitants, far from mainstream traffic, survived harsh winters. But this pressed, uncooked cheese shares the region&rsquos name and became protected in 1956, also because Cantal so perfectly displays the area&rsquos extraordinary geographical character.

Made exclusively from regional cow&rsquos milk, traditional cheese-making techniques have ensured survival of Cantal&rsquos specific taste and aroma. When young, aged up to three months, the cheese takes on its signature sweet, milky butteriness with hazelnut and licorice accents. Further refining strengthens Cantal&rsquos hallmark flavors, darkens the semi-firm, close-textured, smooth, ivory paste and thickens the powdery, dry rind.

This iconic cheese has caught attention throughout the millennia, from Pliny the Elder&rsquos 1st Century AD reference in his &ldquoHistoria Naturalis,&rdquo to King Louis XIV court, by way of the Count of Auvergne, to modern French poets who continue to marvel at Cantal&rsquos refined simplicity. Cantal is not just an ancient taste of rural France it is timeless.

Application: Traditionally served as a table cheese at the end of a meal, Cantal makes a great snack at any time of day, going well with seafood, nuts, apples, grapes and berries. It is also a great ingredient for cooking. Cantal melts well, without being stringy, and adds flavor to salads, soups, fondue or gratins. Cantal is also featured in the Auverge specialty, Alligot, made with mashed or pureed potatoes and melted Cantal.

Pairing: Cantal works especially well with fruit forward wines. A great red pairing would be a Cotes du Rhone from the nearby Rhone region or a Beaujolais from Burgundy. For a white, a Chenin Blanc from the Loire brings out nutty accents.

Mandorla Croccante by Pisti

Product Details: #058719 12/250 g

Perfect pairings

Founded by two young Sicilians with a deep passion for preserving Sicilian tradition, Pistì&rsquos artisanal sweets are handmade according to recently rediscovered recipes. Located in the Southern Italian landscape surrounding Mount Etnea, Europe&rsquos largest active volcano, Pistì uses only the best, most carefully selected, natural ingredients with no additives or preservatives.

Pistì Mandorla Croccante (meaning crunchy with almonds), is an extremely popular sweet throughout Italy, especially Sicily. Made with the famous Avola Sicilian almonds that are mixed with caramelized Sicilain honey from Zagara d&rsquoArancio (orange blossoms) grown in Zafferana Etnea, Mandorla Croccante hardens into a delightful, brittle-type candy. Finally it is packaged in an elegant box for the world to enjoy.

Great as a sweet snack, Mandorla Croccante is also delicious served with coffee or crushed to fill cannoli and top ice cream and many other desserts. Mandorla Croccante is also a traditional favorite enjoyed over the holidays.


Hooked on Cheese: Cantal: The Original Fromage - Recipes

France

Frances Original Green Country Cheese

For over 2000 years, Cantal DOP has been made in the Auvergne territory of France&rsquos south-central department of Cantal. This region has always been known as the "Green Country," since volcanic enriched valleys, formed by the surrounding, extinct volcanoes, are drenched with powerful mountain storms, resulting in incredibly lush, extremely fertile pastures that are filled with distinctively particular flora. Here, nature is remarkably preserved.

Born out of necessity, this large-format fromage was how local inhabitants, far from mainstream traffic, survived harsh winters. But this pressed, uncooked cheese shares the region&rsquos name and became protected in 1956, also because Cantal so perfectly displays the area&rsquos extraordinary geographical character.

Made exclusively from regional cow&rsquos milk, traditional cheese-making techniques have ensured survival of Cantal&rsquos specific taste and aroma. When young, aged up to three months, the cheese takes on its signature sweet, milky butteriness with hazelnut and licorice accents. Further refining strengthens Cantal&rsquos hallmark flavors, darkens the semi-firm, close-textured, smooth, ivory paste and thickens the powdery, dry rind.

This iconic cheese has caught attention throughout the millennia, from Pliny the Elder&rsquos 1st Century AD reference in his &ldquoHistoria Naturalis,&rdquo to King Louis XIV court, by way of the Count of Auvergne, to modern French poets who continue to marvel at Cantal&rsquos refined simplicity. Cantal is not just an ancient taste of rural France it is timeless.

Application: Traditionally served as a table cheese at the end of a meal, Cantal makes a great snack at any time of day, going well with seafood, nuts, apples, grapes and berries. It is also a great ingredient for cooking. Cantal melts well, without being stringy, and adds flavor to salads, soups, fondue or gratins. Cantal is also featured in the Auverge specialty, Alligot, made with mashed or pureed potatoes and melted Cantal.

Pairing: Cantal works especially well with fruit forward wines. A great red pairing would be a Cotes du Rhone from the nearby Rhone region or a Beaujolais from Burgundy. For a white, a Chenin Blanc from the Loire brings out nutty accents.

Mandorla Croccante by Pisti

Product Details: #058719 12/250 g

Perfect pairings

Founded by two young Sicilians with a deep passion for preserving Sicilian tradition, Pistì&rsquos artisanal sweets are handmade according to recently rediscovered recipes. Located in the Southern Italian landscape surrounding Mount Etnea, Europe&rsquos largest active volcano, Pistì uses only the best, most carefully selected, natural ingredients with no additives or preservatives.

Pistì Mandorla Croccante (meaning crunchy with almonds), is an extremely popular sweet throughout Italy, especially Sicily. Made with the famous Avola Sicilian almonds that are mixed with caramelized Sicilain honey from Zagara d&rsquoArancio (orange blossoms) grown in Zafferana Etnea, Mandorla Croccante hardens into a delightful, brittle-type candy. Finally it is packaged in an elegant box for the world to enjoy.

Great as a sweet snack, Mandorla Croccante is also delicious served with coffee or crushed to fill cannoli and top ice cream and many other desserts. Mandorla Croccante is also a traditional favorite enjoyed over the holidays.


Hooked on Cheese: Cantal: The Original Fromage - Recipes

France

Frances Original Green Country Cheese

For over 2000 years, Cantal DOP has been made in the Auvergne territory of France&rsquos south-central department of Cantal. This region has always been known as the "Green Country," since volcanic enriched valleys, formed by the surrounding, extinct volcanoes, are drenched with powerful mountain storms, resulting in incredibly lush, extremely fertile pastures that are filled with distinctively particular flora. Here, nature is remarkably preserved.

Born out of necessity, this large-format fromage was how local inhabitants, far from mainstream traffic, survived harsh winters. But this pressed, uncooked cheese shares the region&rsquos name and became protected in 1956, also because Cantal so perfectly displays the area&rsquos extraordinary geographical character.

Made exclusively from regional cow&rsquos milk, traditional cheese-making techniques have ensured survival of Cantal&rsquos specific taste and aroma. When young, aged up to three months, the cheese takes on its signature sweet, milky butteriness with hazelnut and licorice accents. Further refining strengthens Cantal&rsquos hallmark flavors, darkens the semi-firm, close-textured, smooth, ivory paste and thickens the powdery, dry rind.

This iconic cheese has caught attention throughout the millennia, from Pliny the Elder&rsquos 1st Century AD reference in his &ldquoHistoria Naturalis,&rdquo to King Louis XIV court, by way of the Count of Auvergne, to modern French poets who continue to marvel at Cantal&rsquos refined simplicity. Cantal is not just an ancient taste of rural France it is timeless.

Application: Traditionally served as a table cheese at the end of a meal, Cantal makes a great snack at any time of day, going well with seafood, nuts, apples, grapes and berries. It is also a great ingredient for cooking. Cantal melts well, without being stringy, and adds flavor to salads, soups, fondue or gratins. Cantal is also featured in the Auverge specialty, Alligot, made with mashed or pureed potatoes and melted Cantal.

Pairing: Cantal works especially well with fruit forward wines. A great red pairing would be a Cotes du Rhone from the nearby Rhone region or a Beaujolais from Burgundy. For a white, a Chenin Blanc from the Loire brings out nutty accents.

Mandorla Croccante by Pisti

Product Details: #058719 12/250 g

Perfect pairings

Founded by two young Sicilians with a deep passion for preserving Sicilian tradition, Pistì&rsquos artisanal sweets are handmade according to recently rediscovered recipes. Located in the Southern Italian landscape surrounding Mount Etnea, Europe&rsquos largest active volcano, Pistì uses only the best, most carefully selected, natural ingredients with no additives or preservatives.

Pistì Mandorla Croccante (meaning crunchy with almonds), is an extremely popular sweet throughout Italy, especially Sicily. Made with the famous Avola Sicilian almonds that are mixed with caramelized Sicilain honey from Zagara d&rsquoArancio (orange blossoms) grown in Zafferana Etnea, Mandorla Croccante hardens into a delightful, brittle-type candy. Finally it is packaged in an elegant box for the world to enjoy.

Great as a sweet snack, Mandorla Croccante is also delicious served with coffee or crushed to fill cannoli and top ice cream and many other desserts. Mandorla Croccante is also a traditional favorite enjoyed over the holidays.


Hooked on Cheese: Cantal: The Original Fromage - Recipes

France

Frances Original Green Country Cheese

For over 2000 years, Cantal DOP has been made in the Auvergne territory of France&rsquos south-central department of Cantal. This region has always been known as the "Green Country," since volcanic enriched valleys, formed by the surrounding, extinct volcanoes, are drenched with powerful mountain storms, resulting in incredibly lush, extremely fertile pastures that are filled with distinctively particular flora. Here, nature is remarkably preserved.

Born out of necessity, this large-format fromage was how local inhabitants, far from mainstream traffic, survived harsh winters. But this pressed, uncooked cheese shares the region&rsquos name and became protected in 1956, also because Cantal so perfectly displays the area&rsquos extraordinary geographical character.

Made exclusively from regional cow&rsquos milk, traditional cheese-making techniques have ensured survival of Cantal&rsquos specific taste and aroma. When young, aged up to three months, the cheese takes on its signature sweet, milky butteriness with hazelnut and licorice accents. Further refining strengthens Cantal&rsquos hallmark flavors, darkens the semi-firm, close-textured, smooth, ivory paste and thickens the powdery, dry rind.

This iconic cheese has caught attention throughout the millennia, from Pliny the Elder&rsquos 1st Century AD reference in his &ldquoHistoria Naturalis,&rdquo to King Louis XIV court, by way of the Count of Auvergne, to modern French poets who continue to marvel at Cantal&rsquos refined simplicity. Cantal is not just an ancient taste of rural France it is timeless.

Application: Traditionally served as a table cheese at the end of a meal, Cantal makes a great snack at any time of day, going well with seafood, nuts, apples, grapes and berries. It is also a great ingredient for cooking. Cantal melts well, without being stringy, and adds flavor to salads, soups, fondue or gratins. Cantal is also featured in the Auverge specialty, Alligot, made with mashed or pureed potatoes and melted Cantal.

Pairing: Cantal works especially well with fruit forward wines. A great red pairing would be a Cotes du Rhone from the nearby Rhone region or a Beaujolais from Burgundy. For a white, a Chenin Blanc from the Loire brings out nutty accents.

Mandorla Croccante by Pisti

Product Details: #058719 12/250 g

Perfect pairings

Founded by two young Sicilians with a deep passion for preserving Sicilian tradition, Pistì&rsquos artisanal sweets are handmade according to recently rediscovered recipes. Located in the Southern Italian landscape surrounding Mount Etnea, Europe&rsquos largest active volcano, Pistì uses only the best, most carefully selected, natural ingredients with no additives or preservatives.

Pistì Mandorla Croccante (meaning crunchy with almonds), is an extremely popular sweet throughout Italy, especially Sicily. Made with the famous Avola Sicilian almonds that are mixed with caramelized Sicilain honey from Zagara d&rsquoArancio (orange blossoms) grown in Zafferana Etnea, Mandorla Croccante hardens into a delightful, brittle-type candy. Finally it is packaged in an elegant box for the world to enjoy.

Great as a sweet snack, Mandorla Croccante is also delicious served with coffee or crushed to fill cannoli and top ice cream and many other desserts. Mandorla Croccante is also a traditional favorite enjoyed over the holidays.


Hooked on Cheese: Cantal: The Original Fromage - Recipes

France

Frances Original Green Country Cheese

For over 2000 years, Cantal DOP has been made in the Auvergne territory of France&rsquos south-central department of Cantal. This region has always been known as the "Green Country," since volcanic enriched valleys, formed by the surrounding, extinct volcanoes, are drenched with powerful mountain storms, resulting in incredibly lush, extremely fertile pastures that are filled with distinctively particular flora. Here, nature is remarkably preserved.

Born out of necessity, this large-format fromage was how local inhabitants, far from mainstream traffic, survived harsh winters. But this pressed, uncooked cheese shares the region&rsquos name and became protected in 1956, also because Cantal so perfectly displays the area&rsquos extraordinary geographical character.

Made exclusively from regional cow&rsquos milk, traditional cheese-making techniques have ensured survival of Cantal&rsquos specific taste and aroma. When young, aged up to three months, the cheese takes on its signature sweet, milky butteriness with hazelnut and licorice accents. Further refining strengthens Cantal&rsquos hallmark flavors, darkens the semi-firm, close-textured, smooth, ivory paste and thickens the powdery, dry rind.

This iconic cheese has caught attention throughout the millennia, from Pliny the Elder&rsquos 1st Century AD reference in his &ldquoHistoria Naturalis,&rdquo to King Louis XIV court, by way of the Count of Auvergne, to modern French poets who continue to marvel at Cantal&rsquos refined simplicity. Cantal is not just an ancient taste of rural France it is timeless.

Application: Traditionally served as a table cheese at the end of a meal, Cantal makes a great snack at any time of day, going well with seafood, nuts, apples, grapes and berries. It is also a great ingredient for cooking. Cantal melts well, without being stringy, and adds flavor to salads, soups, fondue or gratins. Cantal is also featured in the Auverge specialty, Alligot, made with mashed or pureed potatoes and melted Cantal.

Pairing: Cantal works especially well with fruit forward wines. A great red pairing would be a Cotes du Rhone from the nearby Rhone region or a Beaujolais from Burgundy. For a white, a Chenin Blanc from the Loire brings out nutty accents.

Mandorla Croccante by Pisti

Product Details: #058719 12/250 g

Perfect pairings

Founded by two young Sicilians with a deep passion for preserving Sicilian tradition, Pistì&rsquos artisanal sweets are handmade according to recently rediscovered recipes. Located in the Southern Italian landscape surrounding Mount Etnea, Europe&rsquos largest active volcano, Pistì uses only the best, most carefully selected, natural ingredients with no additives or preservatives.

Pistì Mandorla Croccante (meaning crunchy with almonds), is an extremely popular sweet throughout Italy, especially Sicily. Made with the famous Avola Sicilian almonds that are mixed with caramelized Sicilain honey from Zagara d&rsquoArancio (orange blossoms) grown in Zafferana Etnea, Mandorla Croccante hardens into a delightful, brittle-type candy. Finally it is packaged in an elegant box for the world to enjoy.

Great as a sweet snack, Mandorla Croccante is also delicious served with coffee or crushed to fill cannoli and top ice cream and many other desserts. Mandorla Croccante is also a traditional favorite enjoyed over the holidays.


Hooked on Cheese: Cantal: The Original Fromage - Recipes

France

Frances Original Green Country Cheese

For over 2000 years, Cantal DOP has been made in the Auvergne territory of France&rsquos south-central department of Cantal. This region has always been known as the "Green Country," since volcanic enriched valleys, formed by the surrounding, extinct volcanoes, are drenched with powerful mountain storms, resulting in incredibly lush, extremely fertile pastures that are filled with distinctively particular flora. Here, nature is remarkably preserved.

Born out of necessity, this large-format fromage was how local inhabitants, far from mainstream traffic, survived harsh winters. But this pressed, uncooked cheese shares the region&rsquos name and became protected in 1956, also because Cantal so perfectly displays the area&rsquos extraordinary geographical character.

Made exclusively from regional cow&rsquos milk, traditional cheese-making techniques have ensured survival of Cantal&rsquos specific taste and aroma. When young, aged up to three months, the cheese takes on its signature sweet, milky butteriness with hazelnut and licorice accents. Further refining strengthens Cantal&rsquos hallmark flavors, darkens the semi-firm, close-textured, smooth, ivory paste and thickens the powdery, dry rind.

This iconic cheese has caught attention throughout the millennia, from Pliny the Elder&rsquos 1st Century AD reference in his &ldquoHistoria Naturalis,&rdquo to King Louis XIV court, by way of the Count of Auvergne, to modern French poets who continue to marvel at Cantal&rsquos refined simplicity. Cantal is not just an ancient taste of rural France it is timeless.

Application: Traditionally served as a table cheese at the end of a meal, Cantal makes a great snack at any time of day, going well with seafood, nuts, apples, grapes and berries. It is also a great ingredient for cooking. Cantal melts well, without being stringy, and adds flavor to salads, soups, fondue or gratins. Cantal is also featured in the Auverge specialty, Alligot, made with mashed or pureed potatoes and melted Cantal.

Pairing: Cantal works especially well with fruit forward wines. A great red pairing would be a Cotes du Rhone from the nearby Rhone region or a Beaujolais from Burgundy. For a white, a Chenin Blanc from the Loire brings out nutty accents.

Mandorla Croccante by Pisti

Product Details: #058719 12/250 g

Perfect pairings

Founded by two young Sicilians with a deep passion for preserving Sicilian tradition, Pistì&rsquos artisanal sweets are handmade according to recently rediscovered recipes. Located in the Southern Italian landscape surrounding Mount Etnea, Europe&rsquos largest active volcano, Pistì uses only the best, most carefully selected, natural ingredients with no additives or preservatives.

Pistì Mandorla Croccante (meaning crunchy with almonds), is an extremely popular sweet throughout Italy, especially Sicily. Made with the famous Avola Sicilian almonds that are mixed with caramelized Sicilain honey from Zagara d&rsquoArancio (orange blossoms) grown in Zafferana Etnea, Mandorla Croccante hardens into a delightful, brittle-type candy. Finally it is packaged in an elegant box for the world to enjoy.

Great as a sweet snack, Mandorla Croccante is also delicious served with coffee or crushed to fill cannoli and top ice cream and many other desserts. Mandorla Croccante is also a traditional favorite enjoyed over the holidays.


Watch the video: FROMAGE CANTAL (July 2022).


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