Hy-Vee Cooking Guide

Get on board with specialty cheese.

Best in Cheese

Hy-Vee is proud to employ a number of Certified Cheese Professionals (CCPs). It takes years of training and exam preparation to become a CCP. A special thanks to those talented individuals and experts for helping us produce this guide.

Who's Who in the Cheese Family

Meet the members of the cheese family. 

  • Bloomy Rind

    Bloomy rind cheeses have an edible rind and an earthy, mushroom like flavor.

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  • Grana

    These are the strong, compacted, salty flavored hard cheeses with a dry, crumbly texture. 

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  • Dutch

    Gouda is perhaps the most loved of the Dutch cheeses. You might already know why.

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  • Blue

    It's the funky group of cheeses with blue veins, but not all blue cheeses are created equal.

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How to Build a Cheese Board
Hyvee Culinary Expert Tip
When selecting cheeses for a board, it's important to know your audience. But also, don't be afraid to try something new. Choosing cheeses made with different milks is a good place to start. Or there's that old saying: "Something old, something new, something stinky, something blue."
Katie McKenna, Certified Cheese Professional Katie McKenna, Certified Cheese Professional Delicatessen Supervisor at Hy-Vee

Best Picks for a Cheese Board

Award-winning cheeses to try on your next charcuterie board.

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Shop for Charcuterie and Cheese Boards

Not sure which cheeses and charcuterie to buy? Shop our selection of freshly made boards.

  • Triple Cream Brie, Montamore & Reypenaer

    With blueberry jam, marcona almonds & dried peaches.

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  • Manchego, Buttermilk Blue & Gruyere

    With dried cherries, caramelized pecans & fig spread.

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  • Customized Cheese and Charcuterie Board

    Let our experts help you build the perfect board for any occasion.

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Pair Up

Handcrafted cheese bring a variety of flavors to the party. Consider a few of our favorite pairs. 

American Cheese Is Not What You Think

We're not talking about the processed orange singles, we're talking about 8 award-winning cheeses you'll want on your next cheese board.

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Cheesy Cranberry Scones

What makes our scones stand out? The use of Wensleydale cheese with cranberries gives them a savory yet slightly sweet flavor.

Main Ingredients
  • Wensleydale cheese with cranberries
  • rosemary
  • buttermilk