It’s been a hot couple of weeks here in North Jersey. Hot and humid. But what’s summer without a little heat?–both in temperature and in spice!
And with that thought I decided to share with you guys some oldies and some newbies to the spicy cheese family at the Vineyard Market. Spicy foods seem to be a recurring theme this year, and cheese has been no exception–and if you know me well, you know I love spicy. In my opinion, everything tastes better with a little hot sauce, right?
SO. Without further ado, let’s hop right into it.
Sartori Chipotle – First up on the list is the mildest in spice. From a company I’m a very big fan of, Sartori has done it again, taking their original BellaVitano cheese and rubbing it down and infusing it with chipotle peppers and spices. For me this cheese is very low on the heat scale but very high in flavor; it’s rich with robust warm smoky flavors throughout. A lovely change of pace and a great choice for summer BBQs.
Fromager D’Affinois with Chili – Next up we have another creamery I’m a big fan of. Fromager D’Affinois produces some of my favorite creamy cheeses out there, and this Chili Pepper version has certainly made it on my list of favorites. With the same classic rich creaminess of the original Fromager D’Affinois, the addition of peppers adds so much more flavor. The paste is a soft muted red hue and is filled with a red bell pepper flavor with a slight bit of mild spiciness at the end. Seriously delicious.
Chevoo Chili & Lemon – Chevoo is a newer brand that specializes in producing marinated goat cheeses (Meredith Dairy Marinated Feta anyone?). My current favorite flavor, of course, is their Chili & Lemon: goat cheese is blended with chili peppers, formed into cubes, and then marinated in lemon-infused olive oil. Each bite has a surprisingly refreshing taste at first, and the spiciness creeps up a bit on the back note. My favorite on some crusty French bread.
Kindred Sweet Fire Mango Jack – You might remember Kindred Creamery from last week’s post with our new Cheese of the Month. While that cheese was not spicy, Kindred also makes a variety of spicy delights, including their Sweet Fire Mango Jack. Certainly a unique cheese, this Jack is a combination sweet mangos and spicy ghost peppers in just the right way. I know ghost peppers sound scary but this cheese makes them quite approachable with the help of the refreshing bits of mango in every bite. If you’re feeling adventurous, this cheese is definitely worth the try.
Yancey’s Fancy Buffalo Wing – An oldie but a goodie, this cheese by Yancey is definitely at the higher end of the spice scale. With a cheddar cheese base, this cheese gets its heat from a combination of habanero, jalapeno, and cayenne peppers. With a super creamy mouthfeel and a punch of flavor, this cheese is incredible to nibble on by itself as well as melted on top of, well, everything. It’s truly a classic spicy option for me.
Kindred Ghost Pepper Colby Jack – And at the end of the list we have the spiciest of them all. Another hit from Kindred Creamery, this Ghost Pepper Colby Jack is not for the faint of heart. I’m a spicy-lover myself, so I need you to believe me when I tell you it is very spicy. The Colby Jack base is firm yet slightly creamy, and the addition of Ghost Peppers adds a nice flavor, accompanied by a lot of heat. Like if we were rating these cheeses on a scale of 1 to 5 peppers, this would be a 5. A great choice for my chili-heads out there.
And that wraps it up! What’s your favorite spicy cheese?