What is this cheese? This monster fromaggio whose smell would have the UPS man think "something here has gone horribly wrong". It's Grayson from Meadow Creek Dairy in Virginia, and it's really not that scary.
This cheese was the second place best in show winner at last year's ACS competition. Grayson, (a Taleggio inspired American original) is a creamy dream come true. Yes, it has a hoof. The last batch we had smelled like a whole bunch of hooves. But once again, the paste isn't as strong as the rind. When I taste this cheese I get a milky, slightly sour, beefy (it is a raw cow cheese after all), green flavor profile. When I say green, what I'm trying to say is that it tastes like the animals were eating in the pasture and that milk was used for the cheese. It does not taste like a Shamrock Shake.
I love to cook with cheese. When I first encountered this cheese way back when, my thought was to make a mac n' cheese. I like Taleggio in the mac n' cheese, why not Grayson? It was scrumptious. The only thing was, my brother and sister-in-law could smell the meal for a few days after. This cheese will try to defeat you. Don't let it. You'll be missing out on a tasty treat. Here's how I would eat this cheese:
- Store it wrapped in wax paper or cheese paper. Then into the crisper. This cheese should be eaten within a few days. If you don't, eventually the Grayson will remind you that it's still in your ice box.
- If you are going to turn the Grayson into a hot dish and you live in a tiny studio apartment, go to your brother's house and offer to cook something. People love it when you cook for them, and no one ever thinks to ask if what you're cooking will smell like hoof two days later.
- When your brother says "Whoa. What's that smell?" tell him to shut up or you'll tell ma that he's bothering you.
- Sit around the dinner table enjoying the creamy, ooey, melty, creamy tasty goodness.
I'm so well acquainted with the smell, that I don't always notice it. I grabbed a chunk on my way out of the cheese shop today. I forgot that I took the bus to work. Even though the bus was full, near bursting to capacity, I had a whole two seat row to myself. Behold the smelly power of Grayson!
I wish we had smell-o-net. You guys would love it right about now.
I love this cheese. The creamy texture, the cow-y smells and tastes. This is scientific proof that good things come from VA.
Oh Yum! Ooey Gooey Yum.