Skip Nav
Food Video
Combine 2 Loves With These Fruity Pebbles Twinkies
Dinner
22 Cozy Slow-Cooker Casseroles That Make Life Easy
Food Video
Learn How to Make This Whimsical Cotton Candy Cake

What to Do With Cheddar Cheese

Sharp Cheddar Ideas From Food Network's Jeff Mauro

"Sandwich King" Jeff Mauro knows a thing or two about great cheeses. In particular, the Food Network star, who's partnered with Cracker Barrel Cheese, has a soft spot for cheddar, specifically domestic varieties. "We're turning out great cheese and beating a lot of imported cheeses," he said. "Go America, right?"

Since we're always on the hunt for affordable cheese plate ideas, a punchy sandwich, or great pairing ideas, we asked Jeff to share his cheese expertise. Here are his thoughts on all things cheddar.

  • Showcase cheddar on a cheese plate: "Use a good, affordable cheese as the bulk, then indulge in the more expensive imported cheeses," Jeff advises. Cracker Barrel's version is just under $4.
  • Splurge on a domestic aged cheddar: Jeff loves old cheddars, which are strong and slightly crunchy from salt and aged enzymes. "I have gotten an 18-year-old cheddar [from an Amish village] that cost me $24 for a small block. It is so indulgent."

Keep reading for more of Jeff's cheddar tips.

  • Explore unusual flavor combos: Don't be afraid to go out on a limb. "Try a cracker or pizza bread with fig spread, cheddar cheese, and something spicy like a pickled cherry pepper or banana pepper. It works very well together."
  • Eat bold cheese on a sandwich: Don't be afraid to put strong cheddars in between the bread. "I hate when cheese gets lost," he says of failed sandwiches. "Make sure it's a strong aged cheddar, or a sharp provolone or even blue cheese crumbles, where you taste it in every bite."
  • With cheddar, pair the perfect wine: Look for a wine that's just a little sweet; that'll help it pair well with many cheeses. "Especially in the Summer — I'm manly enough to admit it — I love Rosé," Jeff confessed.
  • . . . Or beer: A bitter IPA is just right. "The chewy, salty cheese, it's just quenched so well with a fizzy, hoppy beer."
Around The Web
Join The Conversation
How to Pair Red Wine With Cheese
Holiday Cheese Pairing Tips
Best Wine and Street-Food Pairings
Age Determines Preference to Drink Wine Alone or With Food
Kendall-Jackson Wine Educator Talks Visual Food and Wine Pairings
Happy Hour: Josh Wesson on Pairing Food and Wine
New Brix Chocolate Pairs Perfectly With Wine

POPSUGAR, the #1 independent media and technology company for women. Where more than 75 million women go for original, inspirational content that feeds their passions and interests.

From Our Partners
Latest Food
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds