Cheese o’ clock: Comté

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In response to a well-formed, convincing request (“Bring it back. I want cheese.”) from my old pal, Jenny,  it’s high time to reinstate cheese o’ clock. The star of this post is one of my new favorite cheeses: comté.

Comté is a French cheese that’s described as complex, nutty, and sweet. It pairs well with dried fruit, jams, and nuts.  My girl Katie brought a block  up to a friends weekend in Canandaigua Lake in October and I’ve been obsessed with it ever since.

laguiole cheese board

^ How adorable is this cheeseboard? It marks the geographic locations of where certain French cheeses come from (Roquefort, Brie, Reblochon to name a few).  You can place your favorite cheeses next to their place of origin- so neat!

Now let’s make some snacks!

Cheese plate fixings:

Comté cheese
Apple cranberry chutney (I used this), cran-apple butter (Trader Joe’s is amazing) or preserves
Walnuts, toasted
Your favorite crackers

So good. Although next time I buy this cheese, I’m going to try it with a fig jam/spread as well.

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P.S. I’ve been shy and reluctant to use descriptive adjectives (complex, bold, nutty, etc) when describing things like cheese and wine  because it makes me want to give myself a wedgie for sounding pretentious. But dammit, those adjectives are CORRECT.  This cheese is complex and nutty! So for future cheese posts, just know that I know I sound like an asshole- and I will take that risk if it means being an accurate asshole.

The ultimate: