Part II of our celebration of Vermont Creamery’s 30th Anniversary year — read more about our visit to the Creamery here, and continue below to learn about Bijou & our special holiday giveaway!
You’ll recall we’ve highlighted Vermont Creamery’s wrinkly cheeses before: Coupole was featured here, and Bonne Bouche here. Bijou is the tiny crown jewel of the collection — literally, “bijou” means jewel in French — a little button of bright, lactic, lightly yeasty and nutty chèvre that is just aged a week before shipping out. At this year’s cheesemakers festival, I attended a vertical tasting seminar where we tasted VC’s fresh crottin side-by-side with Bijou to taste how quickly the geotricum candidum (the mold that creates that wrinkly rind) begins to change the flavors of the milk.
Bijou must particularly be thriving in its new aging rooms; just this year it received a blue ribbon at the American Cheese Society awards, gold at the Fancy Food Show, and gold at the World Cheese Awards. Its petite size makes it hard to share; fortunately it comes two-to-a-pack. 😉
Bijou is perfect for slicing and toasting on a split baguette or baking and serving over greens for a classic French salad. I love it atop roasted beets, drizzled with pomegranate molasses and sprinkled with roasted hazelnuts.
Pair Bijou with a crisp chenin blanc or viognier, or a Belgian white ale. And baguette and hazelnuts.
And now for our holiday giveaway, sponsored by Vermont Creamery, 34 Degrees and Brooklyn Slate. We’re giving away the prize pack pictured above, including a Brooklyn Slate cheese board, chalk and wood cheese knife; two boxes of 34 Degrees crisps; and one of each of Vermont Creamery’s wrinkly cheeses, bijou, cremont, coupole & bonne bouche.
3 ways to enter the #WrinklesAreSexy + Curdwise Giveaway:
(1) Leave a comment below telling us, what is your favorite holiday cheese?
(2) Leave a comment on our giveaway post on Facebook; and/or
(3) Subscribe to our monthly cheese newsletter.
Contest closes at 11:59pm EST next Wednesday, December 17. (Winner must be a resident of the US.)
Disclosure: We each received the above package to facilitate our review; as always, all opinions are our own.