A heavenly cheese needs and angelic pairing…right? Well, I think I have found the perfect match with my Bûchette-de-Provence Hors d’oeuvres paired with an angelic rosé wine.
Bûchette de Provence is an unpasteurised goat milk cheese from the Provence-Alpes Côte d’Azur region. Formed into a small log, decorated with a sprig of rosemary and placed on a thin piece of wood, this Provençal delight is made from the native Rove goat’s rich, creamy milk. Earthy aromas, characteristic of goat cheese, are fresh and delightful. While a subtle essence of lemon adds a bit more complexity to the mix. Perfect on its own or dressed up and ready for a night out on the town; this cheese is versatile, yet exquisite! I purchased my Bûchette de Provence from my local cheesemonger, Middle Lane Market, who specialises in a variety of British and Continental cheeses, wines, fresh produce and other goodies just waiting to tantalise your tastebuds!
When creating my Bûchette-de-Provence hors d’oeuvres, my goal was to select ingredients that celebrate the aromas and flavours of Provence while also casting a spotlight on this lovely cheese. To begin with, I chose to use homemade crostinis for the base. As the cheese is easily spreadable, the crostini offers a bit of contrasting texture and crunch. I love lemon and wanted to highlight this flavour in the cheese by adding a bit of zest to the mix. Finally, a drizzle of honey and a sprinkle of fresh thyme leaves adds sweet and savoury flavours and aromas that add a bit more depth and character.
- Serve with Provençal rosé wine. These flavours are so reflective of the Provence region, that you simply can’t go wrong! Regional pairings are often the most successful…the only one I’m still a bit dubious about is an Icelandic pairing of fermented shark with a chaser of their local schnapps…Brennivín (aka: ‘Black Death’). I still can’t repeat that experience!! Back to Provence now…I hope you enjoy this perfect pairing!