Unexpected Cheese Pairings

Take your Tillamook to sophisticated heights with these four chef-inspired ideas

You probably know how to pair cheese with wine well enough by now. But what about pairing it with meat, fruits and vegetables? That's another story entirely (and literally). Check out these unconventional flavor combinations to get inspired.

The Pairing: Finely Grated Smoked Medium Cheddar + Beef Tartare

Smoky cheddar adds an umami blast that highlights the fresh beef seasoned with Dijon mustard and studded with cornichons.

The Pairing: Shredded Garlic Chili Pepper Cheddar + Roasted Alliums (leeks, shallots, onions)

Sweet, fragrant onions cooked low and slow to sweet, caramelized perfection contrast beautifully with this fiery cheese.

The Pairing: Crumbled Vintage Extra Sharp White Cheddar + Bitter Greens (dandelion greens, chicory, endive, radicchio)

This sharp, fatty cheese cuts through the bitterness of the greens.

The Pairing: Shaved Smoked Black Pepper White Cheddar + Sliced Stone Fruit (nectarines, peaches, plums)

Drizzle the fruit and cheese with honey and olive oil, then garnish with thyme leaves or torn basil for a sweet-spicy-fresh combination that has mind-blowing complexity in every bite.