New York — November 14, 2018 Everyone is looking for a new take on breakfast that bumps up the protein, and one great source of protein is cheese. According to Charles Duque, Managing Director of CNIEL, Americas, “In France we say a meal without cheese is like a day without sunshine, so why not start your day right with cheese?” Agreeing with him is Marlene Spieler, a cookbook author, food writer, and broadcaster, who says, “When I think breakfast, I really think cheese. Savor the cheese, savor the morning, and feel happy!” While a baguette and cheese on the run is certainly acceptable, here are a few more ways to enjoy cheese for breakfast.
Breakfast Bagel Makeover
A bagel and cream cheese might be traditional but it’s not the only way to go. According to Spieler, a bagel pairs well with French cheese, “Probably my favorite is Camembert, a really ripe one, spread very thickly on top of a toasted everything bagel with a cup of dark roast coffee is such a treat.” Another way to upgrade your bagel and cream cheese is with a slice of Comté. Says Spieler, “Because Comté is so good melted, sometimes I take half a bagel, spread thickly with cream cheese, sprinkle with green onion, top with a slice of Comte and let it melt under the broiler.”
Cookbook author Tia Keenan also loves cheese for breakfast, "I like to eat a cheese plate in the morning, when the day seems so full of possibility, and the body craves something fortifying to start the day.” At home she particularly likes serving cheese for brunch. "I'll put a cheese board out and instead of serving charcuterie I'll serve typical breakfast meats like bacon and sausage alongside it. Warm biscuits are the perfect pockets for everyone's favorite cheeses and meats." Great breakfast cheeseboard selections include soft cheeses like Brie and harder ones like Mimolette. If you are looking for a dish to serve a larger group, a Brie and ham quiche is the perfect choice, especially with a side of fresh seasonal fruits.
Skip the ordinary breakfast sandwich and try a Croque Monsieur or a Croque Madame. These knife and fork sandwiches are a classic French bistro meal or snack that just happen to include many breakfast favorites. The Croque Monsieur is a toasted ham and cheese sandwich made with Emmental cheese, while the Croque Madame is the same thing, only topped with a fried egg. Another great fork and knife breakfast sandwich is the Monte Cristo. It’s basically a Croque Monsieur, but made with French toast rather than plain bread, and sometimes dusted in powdered sugar and served with jam.
The easiest fondue requires no pot and no wine, it’s a baked round of cheese, perfect for dunking other breakfast favorites into, such as toast, breakfast potatoes, and sausage links. Says Keenan, “I love to bake a wheel of Camembert for breakfast. It feels so fancy! But it only takes fifteen or so minutes to bake it, and all you need to complete your most important meal of the day is some warm baguette! How could you not feel special starting the day that way?"
About the Cheeses of Europe
The Cheeses of Europe Marketing Campaign, orchestrated by Cniel (The French Dairy Inter-Branch Organization) and funded in part by the European Union, was designed to create awareness for the variety of European cheeses available in the US market and to suggest ways that American consumers can incorporate those cheeses into their diets, recipes and lifestyles. The campaign’s goal is to increase the appeal of European cheeses and strengthen their competitive position in the growing specialty cheese category.
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