(photo from Murray’s Cheese)
Vacherin Mont D’or is one of those perfect seasonal, winter cheeses. It’s also a food porn cheese, with its gooey, unctuous paste. Its one of those cheeses that you sheer the top off of and ladle out the inside or dip roasted potatoes into on a cold December evening. The paste is smoke, earth and woods. While many may feel Gruyere or Emmenthaler cheeses are the true mark of Switzerlands contribution to the cheese world, they do not hold a candle to a perfectly ripe Vacherin. If only we didn’t have such silly raw milk laws in this country that prevent us from ever experiencing a ‘true’ Vacherin at its peak.