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Pairing Nuts and Cheese

Nuts and Cheese

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The crunch of nuts is a tasty contrast to the creaminess of cheese. There are a few nuts that pair especially well with cheese. Serve them next to a cheese plate or sprinkle the nuts around a platter of cheese. Nuts are also the perfect garnish for salad recipes that include cheese.

1. Pecans

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Pecans have a natural sweetness that compliments the saltiness in cheese. There is hardly a cheese out there that doesn't taste great with pecans. They are especially tasty when dressed up a bit with a sweet or spicy coating.

2. Walnuts

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Walnuts have an earthy flavor and drier texture than other nuts, which makes them a delicious garnish for aged cheeses like cheddar. The flavor of walnuts also compliments sheeps' milk cheeses like Petite Basque and Pecorino Ginepro . If you want to serve walnuts with a soft cheese, drizzle the walnuts with honey and serve with a blue like Gorgonzola,or Roquefort.

3. Almonds

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Almonds and harder, aged cheeses are an unbeatable afternoon snack, especially with slices of apple. Raw and roasted almonds are both good with cheese, or try slivered almonds sprinkled on top of a soft cheeses. Marcona almonds are a popular nut - pair them with any Spanish cheese.

4. Pistachios

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Pistachios lend their lovely greenish-purple color to cheese plates. The nut looks and tastes its best when paired with creamy, light-colored cheeses. Serve pistachios with ricotta, fresh goat cheese, feta and triple crème cheeses.
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