December Cheese of the Month: Saint Angel
Today’s post is by Corinne, a resident Bottle King cheese lover.
The holiday season is upon us and with it comes festive gatherings filled with the three “F’s”- family, friends and food. That’s why we felt it necessary to offer our loyal customers a spectacular featured cheese for December. Let me introduce you to a wedge of heaven called Saint Angel.
Saint Angel is a triple-creme, cow’s milk cheese produced by Fromagerie Guilloteau in the Cotes du Rhone region of France. The cheese is encased in an edible, thin, white rind that is mild in flavor with an earthy taste similar to white truffle. The inside is creamy and decadent with a plush, velvety texture. You’ll experience the subtle sophistication as soon as it hits your palate–a slight hint of saltiness combined with sweet, rich, buttery tones on the finish. Saint Angel is everything you could ask for in a cheese. It is complex enough for the most discerning of fromage enthusiasts, yet mild enough to be enjoyed by every guest at the party. This is something that will keep everyone milling around the cheese plate because once you start eating it you won’t want to stop. If I had to describe Saint Angel in a couple of words it would easily be “outstanding” and “crowd pleasing”.
This particular cheese is at its best after resting at room temperature for 30-40 minutes. Saint Angel is divine spread on top of thin, warm slices of a crusty French baguette topped with fig and raspberry jams. I would also suggest preparing a beautiful, and eye-pleasing, presentation with piles of crisp green apples, a medley of grapes, fresh berries and a variety of crackers. It pairs perfectly with a medium-bodied red wine such as Pierre Andre Old Vines Pinot Noir. You can also serve this versatile cheese as a dessert course accompanied by fresh, ripe strawberries and a chilled glass of Champagne or Sparkling Wine.
The most amazing thing about this cheese is that you won’t be breaking the bank. Saint Angel usually retails for $17.99/lb., but we have it for just $11.99/lb. at all nine of our Vineyard Market locations throughout the season.
Corinne was born and raised in New Jersey to parents of Greek and Italian decent. Needless to say, food has always been a passion of her’s. When she’s not working, or blogging about cheese, she is doing what she loves most–reading, cooking, restaurant hopping and travelling the globe with her husband.