What this is: Understanding the role of being a little nutty.
Who it’s for: Foodies who love a mix of texture on their board.
THE NUTTY FLAVOR PROFILE
Nuts and nibbles offer something other flavor profiles can’t—crunch! They also play with cheese nicely because they pair with a flavor often found in cheese: nuttiness! Aged firm and hard cheese can get a toasty and nutty flavor and pairing them with nuts and nutty tasting pairings makes them really sing.
THIS CATEGORY INCLUDES
- Pine nuts
- Toasted and fried beans and corn
- Nut and seeded crackers
- Nut and seed butters
CHEESES IT PAIRS WITH
WINES IT PAIRS WITH
- Sweet White
- Dry White
- Rich White
- Light Red
- Medium Red
FAVORITE MIXED FLAVOR PROFILE PAIRINGS
- Nutty + Sweet → Flavored nut butters
- Nutty + Spicy → Spicy nuts
- Nutty + Umami + Salt → Seeded rosemary crackers
FAVORITE NUTTY PAIRING COMBOS
- Mini chèvre cheese balls rolled in crushed nuts
- Peanut butter fudge + triple cream brie
- Candied walnuts + cherry jam on goat milk cheddar
UNEXPECTED NUTTY PAIRING COMBOS
- Butterfingers candy bars (fun size) + aged cheddar
- Peanut brittle + aged gouda
- Sweet pepita seeds + Stilton
ON A CHEESE BOARD
“Don’t forget the nuts!” was not a famous rallying cry anywhere, but it should have been. We’re sure we could have found world peace by now if it had. To start with, there are just so many types of nuts to include, and then you can flavor them sweet, spicy, umami, salty, and even sour (we love dill pickle peanuts!) You can make them into butters and fudge and if you can’t eat nuts, (or even if you can), seeds, and crackers with seeds bring a fantastic warm nuttiness to your cheese board.
Go nuts on your next cheese board. You have more options than you could ever eat in a year. Push yourself to try new and interesting pairings to surprise and satisfy your guests.
Make Pepita Clusters. Ratio is 1 part sugar to 4 parts raw pepitas + Salt and seasoning to taste.
Click the icons to download a pdf of this lesson and our two handy guides: How Cheese is Made and Cheese and Pairing Types.