Have jug o’ wine, need cheese pairing? This was my first thought when I received a little package of new products from Agropur the other day. Three of their fine cheeses have been packed into spreadable format.
OKA, Brie L’Extra and Champfleury can now be scooped out of little 100g, recyclable plastic containers and straight onto you baguette. It is suggested they can also be used as dips or easily melted into sauces. To be perfectly honest it was hard to get beyond “spreadable” without jumping to Cheez Whiz conclusions.
You may be licking your lips if you’re one of “those” that doesn’t eat the rind of a Brie. Yet, even as I disapprove of such antics, I must assume that you actually like the taste of a “Brie” that is not also referred to as a “processed fine cheese spread” and does not list “cheddar” as an ingredient. Which is what you’re getting here. It tastes kind of fake. Not horribly bad–I enjoy a Kraft singles in a grilled cheese afterall-but, it’s not fine cheese.
I spread “the spread” on my toast, topped it with pear and have an surprisingly enjoyable lunch. Fast and tidy it was. If someone melted this into a silken sauce over my broccoli I’d probably think it was awesome. It would also fair brilliantly packed in a camping cooler.
But while it might be OK to call Katy Perry “fine cheese”, it just ain’t gonna fly with these guys. But if you’re looking for an upscale take on Laughing Cow, dig in and see what you think.