The Best Cheese that Pairs with Steak?

The Best Cheese that Pairs with Steak?

There are many different accompaniments to put with steak, and cheese is up there as one of the most popular. But which cheese pairs best with Steak?

Which Cheese Pairs with Steak?

Blue cheese is the ultimate classic pairing for your steak. The salty earthy bite brings out the strong meaty flavour. Certain blue cheeses also have good melting properties so it is great for making a sauce to go with your steak.

Top Five great Cheeses to Pair with Steak are:

  • Blue cheese
  • Camembert
  • Fresh cheese such as Feta or Goats
  • Gruyere
  • Smoked Cheddar

Which Blue Cheese pairs Best?

Stilton blue cheese is the go-to option. Made specifically in the counties of Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Derbyshire in the UK, it is known as one of the best cheeses made in England.
Stilton is a semi-soft cow’s milk cheese with the rind and blue veins forming naturally. It is crumbly, spicy with a strong, intense flavour.

Blue cheese for steak
A traditional Stilton wheel must be cylindrical in shape.

What’s a Great Alternative Blue Cheese?

Gorgonzola is a great alternative blue cheese. This traditional blue comes from Italy. The beautiful cows milk cheese is pierced midway through the maturation process, allowing the blue veins to spider through the centre of the wheel. Whilst still strong, salty and bitey, Gorgonzola has a beautiful sweet finish, often preferred by most people. Gorgonzola is also more readily available to deli shops and some supermarkets.

What is a good Blue Cheese Substitute?

If blue cheese is not quite your style, Camembert is a great match. This is because Camembert is a white mould cheese with earthy, mushroom and garlic flavours. This traditional cows milk cheese from Normandy is perfectly creamy and rich, and ideal for melting.

For those looking for something a little lighter, fresh cheese will go perfectly with a juicy steak, such as Feta from Greece. Traditionally, feta is made of goat and sheep milk combined, therefore creating a beautifully light, creamy and slightly nutty flavoured cheese.

Fancy a Stronger Flavoured Cheese that pairs with Steak?

Alternatively, pure fresh goats milk cheese is the perfect pair to your steak. Sharp, tangy and mildly acidic, this cheese is available almost anywhere and is the best way to try something a little different from a classic cows milk cheese.

Can I use a Hard Cheese?

Gruyere is a popular hard Swiss cheese that is dense, rich and packed with flavour. This cheese is nutty, sweet and grassy, as well as very creamy, which makes it ideal for melting. Perfect to be thinly sliced for quick melting.

What if I am doing BBQ Steak?

Although cheddar may seem like a broad category, smoked cheddar is a great alternative for trying something a little different and the flavour is not overwhelming or intense. A smoked cheddar will still have a salty bite, however, it will be earthy, woody and a toasted flavour. The slightly meaty undertones match with that of the steak pairing.

Where can I Buy these Cheeses?

All of the cheeses (or a very similar version of) are readily available and can be found in the majority of supermarkets or local delis. A deli or fromagerie will be best at advising which cheeses are at their best.