There are a lot of cheeses we can’t get in the US, thanks to the FDA’s strict rules on importing raw-milk cheeses. Anything aged fewer than 60 days can’t legally make it into the country, which rules out all name-protected bries and camemberts, as well as a whole slew of soft-ripened, fresh and young cheeses.
One such cheese is a little thing called Reblochon.
Préféré is basically a pasteurized version of Reblochon. The cheese’s terroir will not be as intense as in raw-milk versions of the cheese, however Préféré looks, feels and tastes roughly the same as real Reblochon.
Préféré is a pretty thing, with its orangey-white washed rind and its butter-yellow paste. Small enough that you can buy it by the quarter- or half-wheel without breaking the bank, this cheese is as good for smearing on bread or crackers as it is on a sandwich of good rustic bread, mustard, and ham or turkey, or better yet melted with potatoes, diced bacon, and onions (aka the delicious French-Alpine gratin, Tartiflette).
By itself, the cheese will have a slightly nutty flavor with some bitter notes and a buttery, creamy finish. It might be too strong for people who don’t like “stinky cheese,” but it really isn’t all that stinky.
This item has shipping distance restrictions and can not be shipped to all areas due to perishability