Cheese is one of those polarizing foods. Some people could live on it, dining on different cheeses for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. Other people would rather poke their own eyes out rather than eat even a crumble of Roquefort cheese. Oftentimes, people who think that they don’t like cheese simply haven’t found a kind that they like. Go beyond the classic cheddar and American cheeses, and you may find something that you adore. Take a look at this list, and see if there is a cheese or two that appeals to you—you might find your inner lactose lover yet.
Sheep’s milk cheeses
These cheeses, like Pecorino Romano, are often hard with a very salty bite. They can be very sharp and are best used as accents to dishes, like in a pasta dish or in a salad dressing.
We’re not talking about just the standard cream cheese, but also cheese like Brie and burratta. These are mild with a buttery, milky flavor and a smooth, creamy texture. This sort of cheese isn’t overpowering and is excellent for people who do not love stronger cheeses. Try pairing these creamy cheeses with sweet counterparts like fig jam.
Soft or hard, these cheeses have a very distinctive grassy flavor. The hard cheeses are often washed over and over in red wine to provide a complementary flavor. The soft cheeses are spreadable at room temperature. The grassy flavor may taste like dirt to some people, but others love it with beets or other root vegetables to emphasize the earthy flavor.
With this cheese, only die-hard cheese lovers need apply. Blue cheese is actually moldy and has a funky, deep, umami taste that is unlike anything else on Earth. From dense Roquefort to crumbly Maytag to sweet, tangy gorgonzola dolce, there are many types of blue cheeses out there. They make pungent, creamy salad dressings and pair well with the robust flavor of beef.