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10 White Cheeses You Need to Try

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White cheeses are some of the most versatile and delicious types of cheese out there. From creamy brie to sharp cheddar, there’s a white cheese for everyone. Here are 10 white cheeses you need to try:

  1. Brie
  2. Camembert
  3. Feta
  4. Ricotta
  5. Cottage
  6. Mozarella
  7. Chèvre
  8. Gruyère
  9. Jack
  10. Parmesan

1. Brie

This is my absolute favorite! Brie is a soft, creamy cheese that’s perfect for spreading on crackers or bread. It’s also delicious in grilled cheese sandwiches or baked into savory tarts.

I regularly make grilled cheese toasties with Brie, cranberry sauce and some chopped-up bacon—it’s the perfect mix of sweet and savory.

2. Camembert

Camembert is very similar to Brie, but it has a stronger flavor (it has a more earthy feel whereas Brie is more creamy). It’s also a bit more crumbly than Brie, so it’s not quite as easy to spread.

What we love about Camembert though, is that it’s perfect for dipping. We like to cut up some baguette into chunks and then just dip the bread into the Camembert—so good!

It really is the perfect cheese for a cozy night in. We often have it after a Christmas dinner or large Sunday roast, as it’s such an indulgent treat.

It can get pretty salty though, so if you’re watching your salt intake then maybe give this one a miss.

3. Feta

Now for something pretty different. Feta is a salty, crumbly cheese that’s perfect for salads or as a topping on pizzas. It’s also delicious in Greek-style wraps with some chopped-up cucumber, tomato, and olives.

I personally find that feta can be quite overwhelming if you have too much of it, but works perfectly as part of an overall dish. I think that's often why you find it chopped up in salads, as a little feta goes a long way in adding flavor.

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4. Ricotta

Ricotta is a fresh cheese that’s perfect for sweet or savory dishes. It’s lovely in lasagnas or baked pasta dishes, as it gives a really creamy texture.

I also like to add ricotta to fruit salads or use it as a topping on pancakes with some honey. It’s really versatile and can be used in so many different ways.

5. Cottage Cheese

Cottage cheese is another fresh cheese that’s perfect for sweet or savory dishes. It’s lovely in lasagnas or baked pasta dishes, as it gives a really creamy texture.

I also like to add cottage cheese to jacket potatoes (baked potatoes) with some chopped-up bacon and spring onions. It’s a really simple but tasty meal that’s perfect for lunch or dinner.

This is definitely not for everyone though. I think it is a little like Marmite—you either love it or hate it. I know some people who are really put off by the texture of cottage cheese, but I personally love it. Again though I think you can go over the top with it.

6. Mozzarella

Ah, mozzarella. This is the classic pizza cheese and it’s absolutely delicious. It’s also lovely in caprese salads or simply served with some bread and olive oil.

Mozzarella is a really versatile cheese that can be used in so many different ways. It’s also relatively low in calories, so if you’re watching your weight then this is a good cheese to go for.

7. Chèvre

This is a delicious, creamy goat’s cheese that’s perfect for spreading on crackers or bread. It’s also lovely in salads or as a topping on pizzas.

I personally find that chèvre can be quite overwhelming if you have too much of it, but works perfectly as part of an overall dish. I think that's often why you find it chopped up in salads, as a little chèvre goes a long way in adding flavor.

8. Gruyère

Gruyère is a delicious, nutty cheese that’s perfect for melting. It’s lovely in grilled cheese sandwiches or baked into savory tarts.

I regularly make a Gruyère and bacon tart as it’s so simple but so tasty. I just blind bake a puff pastry sheet, top it with some Gruyère and chopped-up bacon, and then bake it again until the cheese is melted and bubbly. It’s seriously delicious!

9. Jack

Jack cheese is a really versatile cheese that can be used in so many different ways. It’s lovely in grilled cheese sandwiches or melted into quesadillas.

It comes from Monterey in California and is really popular in Mexican cuisine. If you’re a fan of Mexican food then this is definitely a cheese that you need to try.

I also like to add jack cheese to omelettes or scrambled eggs as it gives them a really nice flavor. And if you’re looking for a low-carb option then you can even use jack cheese to make a delicious cheese sauce.

10. Parmesan

Parmesan is a really strong, hard cheese that’s perfect for grating over pasta dishes or salads. It’s also lovely melted into risottos or added to soups for extra flavor.

I always have a block of Parmesan in my fridge as it’s so handy to have around. And if you find that you’re never using the whole block then you can always freeze it and use it as needed.

I don't think you can ever have too much Parmesan cheese. It's just so good!

Enjoy!

So there you have it, my top 10 favorite kinds of cheese. I hope you enjoy trying them all out. Let me know in the comments below if you have any other favorites that I haven’t mentioned.

The Bottom Line on White Cheeses

There are so many different types of cheese out there, and it can be hard to know which ones to choose. I hope this list has given you some ideas of the best white cheeses to try.

And remember, when it comes to cheese, less is often more. A little bit of cheese can go a long way in adding flavor to a dish. So don’t be afraid to experiment and find the cheeses that you like the best.

What are your favorite white cheeses?

© 2022 Elin Beck

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