Pair fruits and cheeses like a real gastro master
Few things can make as great an impression as an outstanding platter or cheese plate—provided you know the secrets of proper fruit and cheese pairing, of course. This modern and delicate skill is becoming increasingly popular and is very necessary if you want to get the best out of gourmet pleasure. That’s why we have prepared a short guide that will introduce you to the world of quick and simple combinations that will impress your family and guests. Get ready to go one step further than the classic combination of grapes and cheese!
The secret to the seductive combination is in the balance of flavors.
In the combination of cheeses and fruits, the goal is to achieve a balance between different, complementary aromas and textures. For example, sweet and juicy fruit goes well with rich, salty cheese, and the contrast of flavors reveals the best of both worlds.
The basics of fruit and cheese pairing:
- Fresh fruit goes well with soft cheeses without a rind, like Ricotta.
- Extremely sweet fruit pairs well with blue cheeses.
Try to avoid the following combinations:
- Bitter and fresh flavors.
- High acidity mixed with bitter cheese flavors.
- Combinations of sour wines and fruits with blue cheese.
- Pairing fresh fruit with dry cheese.
Combinations of cheese and fruit that you should try:
Apples + Cheddar or Brie
Peaches + Burrata or Mozzarella
Blackberries + mature Cheddar and baked Brie or Camembert
Figs + blue cheese or Gouda
Grapes + Gouda, Cheddar, or Gorgonzola
Strawberries + Ricotta
Pear + Brie, blue cheese, Pecorino Romano, or Camembert
Plums + Brie, Camembert, and Feta
Cherries + goat cheese