Cheese With Attitude

Just when you think you've tried every possible cheese, along come something unexpected. Check out the great selection of knockout cheeses and delicious food and drink pairings at your Hy-Vee Deli. Savor every bite with a smile.


Among the wheels and wedges, you’ll find lots of crazy-good flavors lurking in the Hy-Vee Deli cheese display.

Kay Murray, cheese specialist at Hy-Vee #2 in Ankeny, Iowa, says tasting a new cheese is the best way to learn about it. So be sure to ask a sample of any cheese you are considering. Your Hy-Vee Deli cheese specialist can tell you all you need to know about any cheese, give you samples and recommend food and beverage pairings.

Kay recommends taking cheese out of the refrigerator about an hour before serving to allow the aroma and flavor to fully develop.

Here are some specialty cheeses you’ll find at the Hy-Vee Deli. Serving and beverage suggestions accompany each description.

  1. Vintage Gouda
    Its rich flavor with pronounced butterscotch notes cuts through the sweet acidity of apples and grapes. Wine: Cabernet Sauvignon.
  2. Naked Goat
    This semihard Spanish goat cheese is mild and creamy with a tangy, sweet finish. For a cheese plate, pair it with fig jam and almonds. Wine: Chardonnay.
  3. Tickler Cheddar with red onions
    This aged white cheddar is bang-up on burgers. Or shred it onto baked potatoes for an extra- special finish. Wine: Zinfandel. Beer: pale ale.
  4. Henning’s Mango Fire Heritage Cheddar
    Delectable mango and bits of hot habanero pepper create a sweet-hot symphony that complements salty prosciutto or dark rustic bread. Beer: India pale ale.
  5. Carr Valley Cranberry Chipotle Cheddar
    This white cheddar is top-notch at topping nachos or perfect in jalapen~o poppers. The heat comes on after the flavor hits your palate and creates a warm finish. Beer: lager. Cocktail: tequila.
  6. Moody Blue Smoked Blue Cheese
    This creamy, delicately smoked cheese boosts flavor of fondues or a mac and cheese. Or serve it with crackers and honey. Wine: Merlot. Beer: stout.
  7. Tomato-Garlic Cheddar
    This creamy Havarti cheese mixed with cream, cocoa and sugar is irresistible on pear slices or shortbread cookies.
  8. Kelly’s Kitchen Chocolate Cheese Fudge
    This creamy Havarti cheese mixed with cream, cocoa and sugar is irresistible on pear slices or shortbread cookies. Wine: Zinfandel or tawny port.
  9. Cahill’s Farm Irish Porter
    With its dramatic mosaic pattern, this vegetarian cheese exhibits a full, rich tangy flavor. It’s great on salads. Beer: Guinness extra stout or Irish porter.
  10. Coombe Castle Sticky Toffee
    Dates, raisins and toffee mixed with warm spices add character to this rich, dense cheddar cheese. Serve it on raisin-walnut bread or fruit, or enjoy it with black tea. Liqueur: Bailey’s Irish Cream coffee drink.

For a simple cheese dessert choose seasonal pairings that highlight the flavor of the cheese. Try fresh pears or figs, walnuts and hazelnuts, and sweet wines, including ports, sherries and roseĀ“s.

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