A Classic French Stinker: Livarot Cheese
Livarot is a washed rind from Normandy, and though it's a sleeper in many US cheese shops, this beauty deserves major recognition. A signature exterior, tied with five stripes of raffia, gives way to a creamy, earthy interior that's sublime when paired with savory or sweet accompaiments. So, the next time to you're looking for a tasty new cheese, just follow your nose.
If you like Époisses, Langres, Pont L'Eveque, or Alsatian Munster, get Livarot on your lineup. Livarot is probably the stinkiest of the four, with a nearly petrol-like aroma. Like so many washed rind cheeses, though, its bite is relatively mellow in comparison to the bark. At its best, you'll be met with heady, almost boozy-sharp smells, but a smooth richness in flavor, like a savory, eggy pudding. Nutty, earthy, and slightly bitter, expect an equally luxurious and punchy experience when dipping into some of the stuff.
Photo courtesy of The Livarot Diaries