Smoked Chili Cheddar
Grafton’s Smoked Chili Cheddar is a rich cheese with no shortage of flavor. We infuse this cheddar with habañero, jalapeño and pasilla peppers for the right balance of chili flavor and spice. The cheese is then cold-smoked over maple and hardwood chips, adding a woodsy depth to balance its bright spicy flavors. The dominating aromas of smoke and chili are grounded by a creamy texture and buttery flavors in this cheese, balancing yin with yang.
While some will snack on this cheddar straight-up on a cheese board, this is a cheese that can benefit from the right pairing. Mustard, sour cherry compote, or dilly beans are all excellent choices that balance and play off of the smoky and spicy flavors here. Smoked Chili Cheddar is very meltable; use it to add smoky spice to burgers, poutine or grilled cheese sandwiches.
Unpasteurized cow milk, habanero & jalapeño peppers, salt, pasilla peppers, cultures, enzymes
Wine: Sauvignon Blanc, sparkling Rose
Beer: Pilsner, Belgian style
On a cheese plate, serve with a drizzle of honey, a dollop of crème fraiche or a smear of mango chutney.
Bronze, International Cheese Awards, 2015