Brie is a cheese from Seine-et-Marne in Northern France, located in the Île-de-France region just outside of Paris. Known as “the Queen of Cheeses,” this soft cheese has enchanted people from all over the world. Authentic Brie cheese is actually illegal in America because it is unpasteurized, so you’ll have to book a trip to France to taste the real deal. All of the Brie that enters the United States has been made more shelf-stable. Still, it’s one of the most popular cheeses around!
What does Brie cheese taste like?
Brie is a cow’s milk cheese that has a distinctive bloomy white rind. Inside, it is creamy and smooth with a mild, buttery, and somewhat earthy flavor. When baked, brie cheese takes on a more runny consistency.
Camembert Cheese vs. Brie: What’s the difference?
Without having tasted them, it can be difficult to tell the difference between Brie and Camembert cheese; they both have a white rind and a similar internal consistency. But Brie cheese comes from east of Paris, while Camembert originates from Normandy, in the west. In terms of flavor, Camembert is more pungent than the famously mellow Brie. Brie’s subtle notes of mushroom are more prominent in Camembert, resulting in a deeper, funkier taste.
How To Eat Brie Cheese
Brie is a versatile French cheese that can be served in many ways. Enjoy it as a table cheese at room temperature or warm it in the oven until it’s nice and toasty. If serving it as part of a cheese board, pair it with crackers, walnuts, honey, and fruit spreads; a tangy berry flavor would provide a wonderful compliment to the cheese’s mild, buttery taste. It is also sinfully delicious when melted, so be sure to cook up some brie grilled cheese or puff pastry for the ultimate comfort food!