Crisp and creamy, tart and sharp ... the pairing of apples and cheddar is a natural no matter which varieties you choose. But for a little bit of guidance on just what pairings may pop even better on your taste buds, consider these unique combinations. Each uses a different apple variety and corresponding flavor of cheddar to showcase how the best alone, can be even better together.
Apple Characteristics: Heart-shaped, yellow-orange with red striping, mild, sweet but juicy, ripens mid-August to early-September.
Cheese Pairing: A celebration of 'all things apple,' the Gala is perfectly shaped, pleasing to the eye and perfect for desserts. Cabot Extra Sharp Cheddar, aged to perfection and mildly pungent, is the icing on the Gala cake and sure to be a crowd-pleaser for all ages.
Apple Characteristics: red and green skin, sweet, extra juicy, ripens in early-September.
Cheese Pairing: Refreshingly sweet flavor with a hint of tart balances well with the pucker power of Cabot's Seriously Sharp aged cheddar.
Apple Characteristics: Greenish gold combined with red to nearly solid red, Rich, spicy-sweet, ;Crisp, juicy, Ripens early- to mid-October.
Cheese Pairing: One of nature's most versatile apples, the Braeburn's spicy sweet, high-impact flavor requires a bold, powerhouse cheese, such as Cabot Habanero cheddar.
Apple Characteristics: Deep green with an occasional pink blush, tart and juicy, ripens mid- to late-October.
Cheese Pairing: Jalapeno picante peppers in the mild Monterey Jack cheese and Cabot Pepper Jack add a mild, spicy contrast to the Granny Smith tartness for an unbeatable flavor sensation.
Apple Characteristics: Ranges from very red to yellow-green with red highlights, super sweet, super juicy, ripens late season, mid- to late-October.
Cheese Pairing: Favored among apple enthusiasts, the Fuji's popularity can only be matched by a cheese that has won the hearts and tastebuds of the nation. Cabot Sharp Light Cheddar's sharp, bright flavor brings out the Fuji's bold, sweetness and allows it to shine.
Apple Characteristics: Yellow, very sweet and juicy, ripens mid- to late-September.
Cheese Pairing: The versatility of the Golden Delicious makes pairing a cinch. Sweet or savory brings out the best in this 'champagne' of the apple world, which is why the zestful Cabot Garlic & Herb Cheddar works so well.
Apple Storage & Selection
Author, poet and naturalist Henry David Thoreau called the apple "the noblest of all fruits" and it's no wonder; apples are truly a work of nature. Whether red, yellow, pink, green, the best way to judge an apple is by its firmness to the touch, not its color.
Pairing Recipe Ideas
These pairings can go from a quick and easy snack like our fall favorite, Cheddar-Cranberry Apple Slices to an hors d'oeuvre with an elegant flair like this Apple & Cheddar Pitza. Salads become something special when apples and cheddar make an appearance. Try this Spicy Arugula, Apple & Cheddar Salad that covers all the taste bases, sweet, savory, spicy, and tart. Our Gingered-Apple-Cheddar Slaw, made with Cabot Sharp Light Cheddar, has bright, refreshing flavors that fill you up with wholesome goodness. Don't forget to try Cabot Extra Sharp Cheddar and Caramelized Apples to showcase two great flavors!