Cheese has a very special place in my heart and I’ve learned over the last couple of months that its plant based versions are actually most delicious – best of all, you never have to deal with any negative side effects such as bloating, nausea or cramps that dairy cheeses oftentimes cause (at least that was the case for me).
I already reported about Riverdel a couple of weeks ago. The new vegan cheese shop in Brooklyn is one of my favorite places in the city. Not only because it offers a huge variety of delicious plant based cheeses from all over the country but also because it reminds me of a pretty charming little European specialty store. The owner, Michaela, truly puts a lot of attention to detail and selects the most gorgeous products to pair with her delicious cheese stars.
Because you all seem to really enjoy exploring plant based cheeses, I decided to highlight 3 selected cheeses in this post. And so you are ready and prepared to host your friends and family for a Spring cheese party, I added some nice wine, beer and fruit pairings that work best with these wonderful cheeses. I can guarantee you that you will never need any dairy cheeses again after tasting these beauties – their flavor profiles are so complex and their notes so deep that your palette will probably go nuts (see what I did here ;)) of excitement!
Disclaimer: I do not have favorite. Very honestly, these cheeses are all unique and truly addictive.
Billy and his beer.
Billy is Riverdel’s very own cheese collection. It comes in different flavors and the pepper billy has some nice character: this cheese is a notch spicy and goes well with a lighter white ale such as this one from Telegraph. On the cracker side, you can stick with something rather neutral, such as this wonderful charcoal cracker that provides a beautiful strong color while staying soft on the flavor side.
Camembert and chardonnay.
The macadamia based camembert from Vtopian is rather rich and heavy but also infinitely creamy. It’s best served with a white wine, which should be on the drier, not too sweet side. It tastes great on a simple cracker topped with an onion confit or an orange jam for some sweetness to balance out the heavier notes and complement the wine.
Where there is smoke, there is fire.
Miyoko makes a large variety of non dairy cheeses as well as butter. The Aged English smoked Farmhouse is truly delicious – it’s cashew based with chickpea miso – and it’s deep smoky sharp notes make it quite flavorful. Best served with a sweet fresh apple like a Pint Lady and a simple cracker or fresh baguette. Also delightful with some apple butter.