Comté shouldn't just be kept for a cheese board

Comté cheese, which originates from from the Massif du Jura, is best known as the cheese that gives you an encounter with multiple and complex flavours every time you take a bite. In total there are 83 natural flavours with are grouped into 6 aromatic and distinct families; fruit, milk, plant, animal, spice and roasted. All this means that you will have no trouble pairing it with another food or a pleasing wine that breaks from the norm when it accompanies the delicious and unusual Comté.

The Massif du Jura region is celebrated for its quality produce and the artisan processes by which they are made. This makes charcuterie from this Massif the perfect accompaniment for Comté cheese. Moreover, Comté and charcuterie is also a historical pairing. Cheese was made to preserve milk and as a pressed cooked cheese, a 40 kilos Comté wheel could keep for months and feed a family throughout a harsh winter. Similarly, smoked charcuterie was a means of preserving meat for longer. This historical and regional pairing doesn’t end with Comté and Massif du Jura region saucisson sitting side by side; Saucisson made with the finest pork from PGI pigs found in the Franche-Comté is peppered with Comté cheese. It is a modern take on a classic Saucisson, while still maintaining the integrity of both products and but more than delivers on taste.

For a more delicate pairing why not combine Comté of your choice with a yellow wine jelly and topped off with a walnut. This combination is quick and easy to prepare and provides a true taste of the Massif du Jura.

Comté cheese is creamy, delicious and easily blends in to recipes and is much more than just a cheese board cheese. Comté is the ideal cheese replacement, instead of the usual choice of cheddar, in recipes to add a new twist and flavour to those well loved meals.

Comté can also be used to enhance the most simple of condiments; by crumbling your desired Comté into butter you can add an extra flair to any dish and is the perfect way to use Comté to its final drop. Here is a video to show how it is done.

Comté spokesperson Aurélia Chimier, said: “Comté has such a wide range of flavours that it has many expected and unexpected pairings. We want to continue to showcase the many ways in which Comté can be enjoyed and show that Comté is not only reserved for the cheese board.”

To learn more on Comté, its complex range of flavours and ideal pairings visit www.comtecheese.co.uk for more information. You can also follow Comté on twitter @Comte_Cheese or on Facebook, www.facebook.com/ComteCheeseUK