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Fol Epi® is a cow's milk cheese produced in the Loire Valley of France. It is very protein-rich, making it a perfect choice for the health-conscious gourmet cheese lover. The words "Fol Epi" mean "wild wheat stalk" in French – a fitting name for this smooth cheese enrobed in a golden-brown rind. The name is reminiscent of its unique loaf shape and its distinctive rind design with embossed decoration. Fol Epi has a nutty taste, similar to a fine Emmental. It is an excellent cheese for snacking or for serving with hearty breads, fruits, or in salads. Ideal for snacks, it's also available in convenient slice packaging for your gourmet sandwiches.
Fol Epi's Origin
Fol Epi is produced in Pays de Loire, a region of France widely known for its dairy production. Its unique recipe is inspired by Emmental cheese. The cheese is aged up to three months to achieve its distinctive taste. Compared to a Swiss-style cheese, Fol Epi is sweeter and less bitter or rustic, making it the perfect choice for those with sensitive palates. It is more delicate in flavor, but still has the traditional holes of a Swiss cheese, and is assertive enough to not be overpowered by other ingredients. Fol Epi has a somewhat sweet nutty and fruity flavor. Enjoy Fol Epi as an appetizer…serve it in cubes with cherry tomatoes or in other salads…slice it on your sandwich…or just nibble on it! Melting Fol Epi on a gratin will enhance its nutty taste. Fol Epi goes well with Chardonnay, Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinot Noir wines.
Recipe: Fol Epi Soufflé
- 4 oz. Fol Epi® Cheese, cut into small dice
- 2 Tbsp. butter
- 2 Tbsp. flour
- 1 cup milk
- 3 eggs, separated
- 1/4 tsp. pepper
- 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
- Melt the butter in a saucepan, add the flour, stir with a whisk, pour in the milk and whisk until boiling.
- Remove from heat and mix with the Fol Epi. Add the pepper, nutmeg and the egg yolks.
- Beat the egg whites until stiff and gently fold in with a spatula.
- Pour into a soufflé dish that has been buttered and floured, bake in a preheated oven at 350°F for approximately 25 minutes. Serve immediately.
Content and recipe thanks to Ile de France.