TrySwedish Thursdays: Cooking with Sweden’s Västerbottensost Cheese

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Although most foods can be served with Västerbottensost, there are a number of flavour combinations that work particularly well. A good tip is to try to choose accompaniments with the same flavours as the cheese, or alternatively try something completely different. Try both techniques and find out your favorite combinations. These tips can be used in cooking or to create a gourmet cheese board.

Vasterbottensost

Not sure what Västerbottensost is? Learn about the unique cheese from our article here.

Nuts

Since Västerbottensost has a nutty flavour, it can easily be paired well with nuts, especially almonds. You can toast nuts until they’re golden brown in the oven or in a frying pan, or try the cheese together with caramelized nuts, for example almonds, walnuts, Brazil nuts, macadamia nuts, pistachios, pecans and pine nuts.

Fruit and Berries

Contrasting the saltiness of the cheese with the sweetness and acidity of fruits works extremely well. The sweetness from the milk and fruitiness of the cheese emerge nicely when combined with dried apricots, for example. Think about serving it with apples, pears or cloudberries, strawberries, figs or dates, and jams, marmalades, or chutneys.

Bread and biscuits

Soft, freshly baked bread, preferably walnut bread or fruit and nut bread, goes well with the cheese. Biscuits, crispbreads, flat bread and gingerbread biscuits are other good alternatives.

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Vegetables

Try Västerbottensost together with celery, radishes, olives or marinated grilled peppers, or, better yet, make your own pickles.?

Try something completely new

Other exciting and perhaps somewhat unexpected flavors which can be combined with Västerbottensost are Dijon mustard, mushrooms, eggs, smoked products such as bacon, vanilla and herbs. Or, ignore these suggestions and forge a new flavor path. Let us know what your create and love!

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