Cabot Cheddar and Fruit – The Best Pairing of the Summer

We all have favorite ways to enjoy Cabot cheese. Where would we be without a sharp and gooey grilled cheese sandwich and a bowl of hot soup on a winter day? How could we get by without a wholesome and satisfying snack of cheese and crackers to tide us over until dinner? And what would we do without our favorite mac and cheese dish when we’re craving the perfect comfort food?

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Yes, Cabot cheese is so very good, but we’re here to show and tell you about the scrumptious pairing you can create with Cabot cheese and fruit, a delicious partnership that’s perfect for the dog days of summer. The sweetness of fruit plays perfectly off the sharp tang of cheddar.

The addition of blueberries, blackberries, or strawberries and grated cheddar to a summer salad is a great way to get on the fruit and cheese bandwagon.

Here are a bunch more tasty recipes featuring sweet fruit notes and The World’s Best Cheddar for fantastic summer flavors.

We’ll start with this colorful and totally yummy recipe for Berry Lettuce Cups with Cheddar Crisps and Raspberry Vinaigrette, a fresh and flavorful side dish that features your favorite berries and is topped with a tangy vinaigrette made with fresh raspberries. The pièce de résistance of this dish are the lacey Cheddar crisps that will wow your guests with their crispy, cheesy goodness.

Berry Lettuce Cups with Cheddar Crisps and Raspberry Vinaigrette

How about this for something completely different? Try our Seriously Sharp Cheddar Polenta Cakes with a Spicy Blackberry Sauce for a real change of pace. The polenta cakes are crisp and golden brown on the outside and creamy on the inside with a satisfying cheese flavor to the corn meal. Top this with a sweet and savory sauce that combines the heat of a roasted jalapeño pepper with the sweetness of ripe blackberries and you have a delicious side dish that’s in a class by itself.

Seriously Sharp Cheddar Polenta Cakes with a Spicy Blackberry Sauce

Next is an appetizer that can be prepared in minutes and will delight your guests with its delectable combination of flavors. Cheddar with Honey, Walnuts and Dried Cherries is one of Cabot’s most popular recipes. Serve it at your next get-together and you find out why.

Cheddar with Honey, Walnuts and Dried Cherries

Here’s another party pleaser. It’s Cabot’s Extra Sharp Cheddar Plate with Mixed Berry Almond Crunch and Berry Sauce, an elegant presentation of a host of wholesome and colorful ingredients. Perk up your cheese plate with two kinds of Berry Sauce as well as a berry-laden nut crunch that pairs perfectly with cubed Cabot Extra Sharp Cheddar.

Cabot’s Extra Sharp Cheddar Plate with Mixed Berry Almond Crunch and Berry Sauce

If you think cranberry sauce is just for holiday time, you’ve got another think coming. The tartness of cranberries pairs perfectly with the sharpness of cheddar in these Cranberry Cheddar Pita Bites. They’re small enough to enjoy in one bite, but loaded with amazing flavor.

Cranberry Cheddar Pita Bites

This quick and easy appetizer – Cabot Alpine Cheddar, Fig, and Apricot on Sweet Potato Chips – is a great way to get the party started, whether you’re tablegating on game day or serving cocktails on the patio. Alpine Cheddar, from Cabot’s Farmers’ Legacy Collection, is a subtle Italian and Swiss Alpine blend with a texture and taste that resembles Parmesan. Pair it with the sweetness of figs, apricots, and honey on a slightly salty sweet potato chip and you have little bites of brilliant taste!

Cabot Alpine Cheddar, Fig, and Apricot on Sweet Potato Chips

Here’s another way to create a divine bite of flavor on a sweet potato chip. Try these Sharp Cheddar and Raspberry Pepper Jam on Sweet Potato Chips. Salty, sweet, spicy, and sharp – four “S’s” that add up to outstanding flavor!

Sharp Cheddar and Raspberry Pepper Jam on Sweet Potato Chips

Who says bruschetta has to be solely savory? This fresh take on an old favorite will open your eyes – and taste buds – to a whole new way of enjoying toasted bread with toppings. Try this Fresh Berry Bruschetta for a sweet and surprising change. It couldn’t be easier to make or tastier to eat.

Fresh Berry Bruschetta

Now here’s an idea whose time has come…take your fruit and cheese with you on the go! We have two nutritious, simple snacks that are loaded with protein and packed with flavor. Cabot’s New England Favorite is a snack that features sharp cheddar and nuts, with sweet, plump raisins. It will leave you feeling completely satisfied when the need to nibble hits you.

Healthy Snacks To Go: A New England Favorite

Whole roasted nuts, combined with chopped apples and sharp cheddar cheese, that’s what makes up On-the-Go Apple, Cheddar & Almonds. This simple recipe is snack perfection, an uncomplicated treat that packs and stores easily, no matter where you are. Why not reach for something healthy as well as delicious the next time you feel a snack attack coming on.

On-the-Go Apple, Cheddar & Almonds

You can find more ideas for fruit and cheese recipes & pairings – as well as other great pairings to create the perfect cheese platter – in this post hosted by our friends at the Sunday Supper Movement.

What better way to savor the sweet days of summer than with the great taste of Cabot cheese and your favorite fruit? Enjoy!


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Candace Karu reports on all there is to discover and love about food and farming as well as communicating Cabot’s mission to support community, volunteerism, and sustainability. Whether online, on air, or in person, her job is to amplify the passion and commitment of the 1200 farm families who own Cabot. When Candace is not representing Cabot, she lives, cooks, and works out in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.


Kristin Haskins | July 10, 2016 | 7:44am

Oh, my!!! Cheddar(my favorite-Seriously Sharp) is sooo yummy with honey, and maple syrup, too!!!! Now, I’m hungry!!

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