Two Decadent French Cheeses for the Holidays: Fromager d’Affinois Truffle & Saint Angel
‘Tis the season for office Christmas parties, girls’ gift exchanges, holiday cocktail parties, family gatherings, and more! Whether you’re celebrating the season with friends, hosting a progressive dinner party with the neighbors, kicking-off Hanukkah with the lighting of the menorah, or partaking in the real deal Christmas dinner with family, cheese is bound to be in the mix of festive fare. For your holiday shindig you may want to consider including two of Fromagerie Guilloteau’s most festive cheeses for your spread: Fromager d’Affinois with Truffles and Saint Angel. These creamy, ultra-rich and delicious cheeses will add elegance to any cheese plate, and will also take any appetizer or main dish from good to magnifique!
Made with real Black Truffles from the Perigord region of France, Fromager d’Affinois with Truffles displays notes of fresh butter and earthy mushroom that are unmasked after cutting into the light and bloomy rind. This cheese is delicious served on a cheese platter with a rustic baguette or alongside fresh fruits and nuts. It’s also perfect paired with a crisp bottle of festive Champagne, Cava, or Sparkling Wine. For a unique alternative to the traditional potato side dishes, serve your guests Verrines of Pumpkin and Fromager d’Affinois, a rich and creamy treat incorporating potatoes, pumpkin, and truffle oil. (RECIPE BELOW)
Saint Angel’s heavenly texture puts it at the top of the triple cream category. Made in the Côtes du Rhône region of southeast France, this delicate, bloomy, white rind cheese offers a hint of mushroom-like flavor that becomes more intense with age. Beneath the rind a rich luscious ivory pate is unveiled. Its flavor is buttery with a hint of tang, making it the perfect complement to crisp white wine varietals or sparking champagne. Spread it over grilled slices of rustic baguette accompanied with a fig jam, or incorporate Saint Angel into this recipe for Mini Shallot Tarte Tatins to create the perfect holiday appetizer.
Fromager d’ Affinois with Truffles and Saint Angel can be found at Whole Foods markets, as well as in specialty grocery stores and cheese shops throughout the United States.
Verrines of Pumpkin and Fromager d’ Affinois
Serves: 4; Prep time: 20 min.; Cooking time: 22 min
3 potatoes, washed and unpeeled
1 lb. pumpkin
1 Tbs. salted butter
1 Tbs. cream
1 pinch of salt
3.3 oz. unsalted chicken stock
4 tsp. truffle-infused olive oil
3.5 oz. Fromager d’Affinois truffles
Fill large saucepan with water and bring to a boil. Add the unpeeled potatoes and boil until soft. Meanwhile, peel the pumpkin, remove seeds and fibrous part, and dice into 1-inch cubes. ***Note: you may substitute frozen pumpkin for fresh pumpkin if needed. Drain and peel potatoes.
Peel and chop shallot and brown it in the saucepan with the salted butter for approximately 5 minutes. After the shallot has been browned add the diced pumpkin, shallot, cream, chicken stock and salt. Reduce the mixture to a puree with a hand mixer or masher.
Divide the puree into four verrines. Drizzle each verrine with truffle-infused olive oil. Cut the Fromager d’Affinois Truffles into thin slices and place on top of each verrine.
About Fromagerie Guilloteau
Fromagerie Guilloteau is a family-owned business with two production sites located in the southeast part of France, near the Alps. Fromagerie Guilloteau was created in 1981 with the production of the first Pavé d’Affinois cheese, using ultra-filtration methods. This process retains all the nutrients of the milk in the cheese, which gives a unique taste and texture to the cheese.
Fromagerie Guilloteau works with over 100 local milk producers, most with an average herd of around 50 cows. Fromagerie Guilloteau collects nearly 40 million liters of milk per year from Montbéliardes and Prim’Holsteins Montbéliardes breeds, found mostly in mountainous regions of France. Both of these breeds are known to produce high-quality milk, particularly rich in proteins, which makes for the smooth, creamy, textured cheese Fromagerie Guilloteau has become known for.
Fromagerie Guilloteau best sellers are Fromager d’Affinois Plain, Fromager d’Affinois Garlic and Herbs, Fromager d’Affinois Pepper, Fromager d’Affinois Truffle, Fromager d’Affinois Blue, Saint Angel, Florette, and Campagnier.
For information on Fromagerie Guilloteau and its cheeses, please visit: www.fromagerdaffinois.com