My friend Sarah shared this with me the other day, along with a nice glass of red wine. It’s really simple, just some beautiful cheese with a bit of honey and some hand-ground coffee beans . . . but it is a gorgeous combination of flavours.
Manchego is a Spanish cheese made with sheep’s milk. It is not a pungent cheese, but it’s got a great flavour. The sweetness of the honey and the bitterness of the coffee beans somehow pair perfectly with this cheese.
Sarah found the recipe in a Jamie Oliver cookbook.
What you need:
- a wedge of Manchego cheese
- honey – whatever you have in your house, or something fancy
- coffee beans (don’t use pre-ground beans)
- baguette (optional)
What you do:
- Remove the cheese from the fridge at least an hour before serving
- Use a mortar and pestle or a coffee grinder to grind the coffee beans finely, then make a little pile of them on a decorative cutting board or plate.
- Pour some honey into a small bowl, and place it on the board along with the cheese and coffee grounds.
- To serve, cut a slice of cheese, then dip it in the honey, and use your fingers to sprinkle on a little coffee. So delicious!