Unique Christmas Gift Ideas for Cheese Lovers
Christmas is coming! Choose one of our unique cheese gifts. They will surely to please any dairy lover!
Honey and Cheese Gift Baskets
You can pair cheese with honey following the criterion of contrast, in the attempt to counterbalance the extreme sharpness or sweetness of the cheese, or of similarity. In this way the two ingredients become complementary one another.
You can choose among our honey and cheese gifts:
- CHESTNUT HONEY & BLU DEL MONCENISIO BASKET - Usually (but not always) blue cheese are also fat, with a dense - sometimes sticky on the palate - structure. The combinations with honey here can relate to the structure (for example combining it with a honey with the same “slowness” in the mouth) or aroma.
- ACACIA HONEY & GRANA PADANO BASKET / WILDFLOWER HONEY & PECORINO FILIANO BASKET - For very tasty cheeses (such as sheep cheese or Grana cheese) we can suggest a rich and structured wildflower honey, maybe obtained from fat meadows, with floral notes and hints of animal pastures.
- ORANGE BLOSSOM HONEY & BRUNET CHEESE BASKET - Bloomy rind cheeses could be matched with floral honeys, such as citrus, thyme or thistle honey, if not overly fatty.
Jam and Cheese Gift Baskets
Cheeses are sugar-free, for this reason jams and preserves are a perfect complementary accompaniment, creating balance in the palate. For the combination of cheese with jams and marmalades, remember that soft and sweet cheese will marry with bitter jams. On the contrary, strong and sharp cheeses will be perfect if matched with sweeter jams and preserves. Find out the best cheese and jam pairings and set the Thankgiving or Christmas cheese hampers you prefer.
Meat and Cheese Gift Baskets
We suggest you two sausage and cheese gift packs, AMERICA THE GREAT and MEAT LOVER COLLECTION, but the possibilities are endless, of course. Both these two specialty gift baskets include an unusual type of cured meat: 'Nduja sausage, a wonderful ingredient from Calabria. It is a spreadable salume that can be used to season pasta or to accompany bread and a good aged cheese on a holiday appetizer.
Cheese and Balsamic Vinegar Gift Set
Our last suggestion is very simple, yet is one of the most sublime pariings: flake of Parmigiano Reggiano 30-36 months enriched with a few drops of Traditional Balsamic Vinegar from Modena or Reggio Emilia.
Combinations are really endless. We just gave you some possibile ideas. Now, it's time to choose your favorite gift for cheese lovers!