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One Cheese, Five Ways: Melt for Comté

Made exclusively in the Jura Mountain region for more than 800 years, Comté is the most popular PDO cheese in France. Adored by chefs and home cooks alike, the raw cow’s milk cheese is revered for enjoying on its own and for its flavor and versatility in the kitchen. Comté’s characteristic nuttiness and subtly sweet finish complement numerous savory dishes. A superior melter, it has been the star of French favorites throughout culinary history, including Croque Monsieur, cheese soufflé, fondue, and French onion soup. The following recipes highlight the range of Comté, from traditional flavor profiles to the unexpected.

1. Comté and Kimchi Melt

The savory notes of Comté are the perfect foil for the bold spice of kimchi. 

2. Savory Bacon-Comté Scones

Freezing the dough briefly before baking helps to make the scones light and tender. Enjoy these alongside morning coffee or breakfast stout, or to accompany a bowl of soup.

3. Bread Pudding with Comté and Wild Mushrooms

Make this dish the star of brunch or serve it as a dinner side. Using an assortment of mushrooms imparts a more robust flavor.

4. Creamy Cauliflower and Comté Soup

Roasting the cauliflower offers a boost of flavor while the addition of potatoes bulks up the consistency.

5. French Onion Meatballs

These chicken meatballs contain all the flavors of a classic French onion soup in every bite. They can be baked and frozen then reheated for delightful hors d’oeuvres.

Jackie Botto

Jackie Botto is the food stylist and photographer for the Philadelphia cheese mecca, Di Bruno Bros. and the curator of their blog series, In the Kitchen with Jackie.

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