French Cheeses: 3 to Try

We ♥ fromage.  Cheese featured prominently in all of our dinner picnics in France and we’ve learned a few things about our cheese likes and dislikes.  We are all about the runny, unpasteurized cows-milk cheeses that can be spread like butter and that used to be banned from public spaces because of their odor.  We’ve listed our favorites below.  Word of warning: keep these cheeses in a tightly sealed container or else your house will smell like feet!

1. Epoisses de Bourgogne

Epoisses has an orange rind washed in brandy!  It is sold in a round wooden box to contain its melty parts.  It is supposed to pair better with beer than wine, though we thought it tasted great with everything.

Amazing runny Epoisses at our first dinner picnic.

Amazing runny Epoisses at our first dinner picnic.

Less runny and less orange (a cheaper variety) but still tasty.

Less runny and less orange (a cheaper variety) but still tasty.

2. Brie de Meaux

Bries de Meaux is quite a bit funkier than other Bries.  If you already like Brie and want to venture into stinkier territory, this is the one for you.  It has a bloomy, white rind and is usually sold in slices just like at the supermarket.

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This cheese sat out for approximately two minutes before I took this photo. So much melting.

3. Langres

We sadly never took any photos of Langres, but it is a very festive cheese that is typically served with champagne poured over the top.  It is a little less pungent than Epoisses but very delicious as well.  Langres is sold in small cylinders and is a seasonal cheese.  Lucky for us, that season is summer.

Ian requests that I stop taking photos so he can eat the cheese already.

Ian requests that I stop taking photos so he can eat the cheese already.

 

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