While cheering for your favorite country, why not enjoy some cheese? This is by no means an exhaustive list, but it should get you started in making a World Cup cheese board that will appease any crowd of passionate and hungry fans.
Let’s start with the host country. Traditional Queijo Coalho is popular as a snack eaten in kebab form while relaxing on the world-famous beaches of the country. You might have trouble finding it in the United States, but cheese curds make a suitable replacement for the signature squeaky texture.
This second-winningest team in World Cup history also has a lot to offer. Try a funky Taleggio or a fresh, milky Mozzarella di Bufala that will surely make this country a top contender for your taste buds.
Cheddar is an obvious choice to eat while watching this country attempt to win it’s first World Cup since 1966. This popular cheese was named for the village of Cheddar in Somerset. Go for a bold, unctuous option such as Grafton Village Cloth Wrapped. If blue is what you crave, opt for an earthy Stilton.
As the current standout in its group, this country has a lot going for it among its vast selection of cheeses. A supple, buttery Camembert would make a nice addition to your worldly cheese board, or perhaps a salty, washed-rind Epoisses.
Choose some meaty smoked Gouda or crystalline Extra-Aged Gouda to show your support for the runners-up from 2010 as they attempt to take the title this time around. A mild, nutty Edam would also be a worthy contender.
Don’t look to those packaged yellow squares to represent the United States. You want something as show-stopping as John Brooks’ goal in the 86th minute of the game. Humboldt Fog, a bright and lemony bloomed-rind cheese that intensifies in flavor as it ages, will keep you on the edge of your seat. If you’re looking for something a little bolder and all-American, try sweet ‘n’ spicy Rogue River Blue.
Now when you turn on the next match, make sure to grab some of these options to enhance your viewing experience!
Additional photo editing by Rebecca Haley-Park