Some of our favorite Southern artisanal cheese producers are showcased here with a selection of their fine cheeses. Included is a sampling of sheep, cow, and goat's milk cheeses and suggestions for wine pairings that embrace the flavor profiles of each.

Recipe by Oxmoor House

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Credit: Oxmoor House

Recipe Summary test

hands-on:
10 mins
total:
10 mins
Yield:
10 to 12 servings
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Place chopped walnuts in a shallow dish. Roll goat cheese log in walnuts, pressing gently to coat completely.

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  • Arrange log on a serving platter alongside a small bowl of fig preserves, Champagne grapes, and an assortment of crackers.

  • Variation 1:

  • 1 lb. Sweet Grass Dairy Asher Blue cow's milk cheese

  • 2 cups hickory-smoked almonds

  • 1 lb. Medjool dates

  • Almond crackers or buttery crackers

  • Wine suggestion: Port or full-bodied red wine (such as Cabernet)

  • Variation 2:

  • 1 lb. Locust Grove La Mancha Reserve sheep's milk cheese

  • 1 (2-oz.) container quince fruit paste

  • 1 1/2 cups Marcona almonds

  • Rosemary crackers

  • Wine suggestion: Spanish sherry (such as Amontillado) or White Meritage (such as St. Supery Vertu)

  • Variation 3:

  • 1 lb. Sweet Grass Dairy Green Hill (Camembert-style) cow's milk cheese

  • 1 cup peach preserves

  • 2 cups pecans, toasted (about 1/2 lb.)

  • Assorted butter crackers

  • Wine suggestion: Champagne or Vouvray (such as Chenin Blanc)

Chef's Notes

We tested with Chilton County peach preserves. Also, for more information about artisanal cheese producers in the South, visit southerncheese.com.

These featured cheeses can be purchased online at:

Fromagerie Belle Chèvre, Elkmont, Alabama

Locust Grove Farm, Knoxville, Tennessee

Sweet Grass Dairy, Thomasville, Georgia

Source

2012 Christmas with Southern Living

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