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Perfect pairing for the 6 best Portuguese cheeses! Cow Cheese from S. Jorge Island - Azores (PDO) with Cherry from Fundão with Brandy Extra jam! Delicious

Portugal is a country with a huge tradition in the production of cheese, from the stronger or softer, goat, cow or sheep ... can be eaten simply, bread, jam, honey and taste with a good wine. The king of Portuguese cheeses is undoubtedly the Serra da Estrela cheese. But it is not the only one. Throughout the country there are immense examples of quality cheese production. From north to south and on the islands, learn how pairing and taste the perfect combinations for some of the best Portuguese cheeses.

portuguese cheeses board with cherry jam and brandy

We selected some of the most appreciated cheeses from Portugal, from various regions and internationally awarded, PDO or IGP, Sheep Cheese from “Serra da Estrela” (PDO), Sheep Cheese from “Azeitão” (PDO), Sheep Cheese from “Serpa” (PDO) “Transmontano” Goat Cheese  (PDO), Cow Cheese from the Island of “S. Jorge – Azores” (PDO), Fresh Cheese from “Castelo Branco” or the traditional Sheep's Cottage or Goat from “Beira Baixa” (PDO).

Let's take a trip through the various regions of Portugal and know what we do best and we have to taste.

Serra de Estrela Cheese (PDO)

Serra da Estrela DOP cheese comes from the mountains of the same mountain and is appreciated for its aroma and strong flavour, which is why it is nicknamed "the king of Portuguese cheeses". Produced exclusively from the milk of Bordeleira Serra da Estrela sheep, its manufacture is entirely handmade and part of the hands of Portuguese cheesemakers.

Its intense smell and soft and slightly acidic palate is already a tradition in Portuguese houses. Savor it with fresh bread and nice local wine. It is so creamy that it sometimes melts in the spoon and is perfect to spread on bread, toast, Portuguese corn bread.

You can create a perfect combination with this cheese with a covering of Pumpkin and Orange with Honey of Rosemary and Eucalyptus, Cinnamon and Almond  extra jam or Fig and Orange with Cinnamon , Honey of orange Flower with chili!

This due to its structure, greasiness and fat, requires wines with some structure so that it can contrast with its protein. Thus, we suggest a 30 year old Port Wine, tawnies, Madeira Wine Reserve and Carcavelos Wine. You can also bet on white wines, silky, balanced with texture and still on the old whites, those of the region of Bairrada and Dão can be good companions for this type of cheese.

Serve in the cheese on top of a toast and covered with Pumpkin and Orange with Rosemary Honey and Eucalyptus, Cinnamon and Almond extra Jam.

cheeses and ham board with pumpkin jam

Azeitão cheese (PDO)

The Cheese of Azeitão (PDO) is a gourmet cheese of high quality, made from artisan to an audience. Origin of the region of Azeitão is produced in Setúbal, Palmela and Sesimbra. Azeitão PDO cheese is obtained from raw sheep's milk. It is a cheese cured (minimum 20 days), semi-soft and buttery paste, white or slightly yellow. It has a spicy flavor and is both acidic and salty. Due to its greasiness it needs to be harmonized with warm flavors and wines with some acidity like Pumpkin and Orange with Rosemary Honey and Eucalyptus, Cinnamon and Almond jam or Blueberry with Vanilla and Port extra jam.

To accompany this type of cheese we must give priority to young white wines, acid and refreshing or to fresh, fruity and elegant rosés. However, if you want a slightly more fearless combination, opt for a new sparkling wine.

How to serve: If you have stored the Azeitão Cheese in the cold, you should remove it and keep it at room temperature 20 to 30 minutes before serving it, in order to resume its characteristic aroma and flavor. The cut should be done in half and in two equal parts, and then served in small slices.

Occasion: It serves as the original entrance or for a snack between friends, also constituting an excellent end to a more exquisite menu being part of a Table of Portuguese cheeses.

S. Jorge Island cheese, Azores (PDO)

It is a cheese produced exclusively on the island of São Jorge, Azores, the Demarcated Region. The cheese from S. Jorge Island, Azores (PDO) is obtained from raw cow's milk. It is a cured cheese, hard or semi-hard paste and yellowish color. Taste clean, slightly spicy and strong aroma. The three-month cheese is spicy enough, but you can eat it from morning till night. It is not creamy, rather pleasantly dry, but it lacks the austerity of the older cheeses. The minimum maturation time is three months: about 30 days of natural maturation and 60 days in climatically controlled cellars. You can select it for aperitif, before dessert on a cheese board or add to the dishes that carry cheese, its intense flavor will turn your dishes into delicious gourmet meals.

You can create a perfect combination with this cheese harmonize with Cherry with Brandy extra jam or Raspberry and Lime extra jam with Mint or Rosemary Honey with Apple and Cinnamon.

Because we are faced with a cheese with accentuated flavors, we must harmonize it with balanced wines, with good bets aromatic whites, fresh and enveloping or liqueurs with sugar content present.

Cheese from Serpa (PDO)

The Serpa Cheese (PDO) is Portuguese cheese from the Alentejo region of Serpa. Serpa DOP cheese is a cured, buttery and delicate cheese. The healing time is 30 days.

You can create a perfect combination with this cheese make the harmonization with Apple Extra Jam with Cinnamon or Orange Blossom Honey with chili.

“Transmontano” Goat Cheese (PDO)

The Goat Cheese Transmontano PDO is obtained from raw goat's milk, of Serrana breed. It is a cured cheese, of extra-hard paste of uniform white colour. The particularities of Goat cheese Transmontano PDO are due to their artisanal production and little modified over the years and also to the characteristics of the milk used. It has a pleasant and intense aroma, and a slightly spicy clean taste.

You can create a perfect combination with this cheese make the harmonization with coverage Fig and Orange extra Jam with Port Wine or Blueberry Extra Jam with Vanilla and Port Wine.

Beira Baixa cheese (PDO)

Beira Baixa DOP is the product resulting from the precipitation or heat coagulation of lacto-albumin and lacto-globulin contained in the serum resulting from the manufacture of Beira Baixa Cheese (Castelo Branco Cheese, Beira Baixa Yellow Cheese, Spicy Cheese of Beira Baixa) PDO. It is presented as a fresh product, which has not undergone any fermentation with a more or less pasty soft consistency.

You can create a perfect combination of Pumpkin and Orange jam with Rosemary Honey and Eucalyptus, Cinnamon and Almond; Pumpkin and Orange  jam with Rosemary Honey and Eucalyptus, Cinnamon and Port Wine, mixed well the jam and cheese and use to spread a rye bread or thin toast.

tábua de queijo e presunto com doce de abóbora

To create your Portuguese cheeses board, use 2 to 3 varieties of cheeses, rye bread or corn curd and harmonize with our selection of 3 genuinely Portuguese Pack 3 Jams IDEAL FOR CHEESE.

pack 3 ideal for portuguese cheeses

Use as an appetizer or appetizer of a meal, an afternoon snack with friends and accompany with good wine.

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