Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Pave du Nord

Named after the the pavement stones it resembles, Pave du Nord is almost as durable and difficult to cut. The rough and pumice like exterior hides a bright orange interior the color of a burning sunset. 

This cheese is hard, dry, and flaky until you get it in your mouth, where the texture eases into into a creamy, salty, pleasantly pungent flavor with an earthy undertone. The flavor seems muted at first, but as it melts on your tongue, the deeply savory and nutty notes come through.

Similar to Mimolette, Pavé du Nord has the same rich taste, but its more tender texture makes it an excellent melting cheese. Try broiling it over pasta, polenta, or potatoes for an unpretentious, incredibly savory gratin.

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