Mahon CheeseHailing from the sunny Balearic Island of Menorca, Mahon is a mellow cow’s milk cheese from Spain, typically aged anywhere from two months to over a year. It starts buttery and tangy and develops a more complex, salted caramel profile as it ages. This is one of the coveted DOP – meaning the origin and cheesemaking process are protected, making sure every wheel or wedge of Mahon you get is made with the same care and high-quality ingredients. A great cheese for the cheese board, Mahon is also great for melting and cooking – you’ll typically find it grated over pasta and rice dishes.
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A rich and aromatic cow's milk cheese from Menorca, Spain, this Mahon is aged at least 6 months for a milky and smooth flavor.
Mahon cheese, originating from Menorca, Spain, is a cow's milk variety produced in both young and aged options. The young version is mild and creamy, while the aged one develops a robust, nutty flavor with a firm texture.
About Mahon Cheese
Mahon is one of Spain’s most prized culinary items, but one often overlooked for another more famous Spanish variation, Manchego. Manchego comes from sheep’s milk, while Mahon is made with cow’s milk. Unlike Manchego, which is rubbed with olive oil, Mahon is rubbed with butter, oil, and paprika, giving it its iconic orange hue. The aging can vary, anywhere from a young two months to well over a year.
Young Mahón vs. aged Mahón
As with any cheese, the more it is aged, the more the flavor develops. Young wheels will be mild, smooth, and dense, becoming more intensely flavored with age, as well as drier and crumblier.
Savor young Mahon on its own or enjoy the subtle nuances of its mild profile. Due to its smooth texture, use it for melting in sandwiches, quesadillas, or atop burgers. It adds a creamy element without overpowering other ingredients.
In contrast, pair aged Mahón with more robust accompaniments like dried fruits (apricots, figs), nuts (almonds, walnuts), and crusty bread: this creates a dynamic cheeseboard with a range of flavors and textures. Grate over pasta dishes, risottos, or soups where its concentrated taste adds depth. Or enjoy simply alongside nothing more than a glass of Tempranillo or Rioja for a divine dining experience.
How To Eat Mahon
Mahon is like cheddar in many ways and can be used in much the same way. Great on charcuterie boards, melted over pasta, risotto, or potato dishes, or served simply with apple slices and a glass of wine or chilled beer. In Menorca, locals enjoy Mahon with a little fresh ground black pepper, a drizzle of olive oil, and a dash of tarragon. Buy online at Gourmet Food Store, and savor an authentic taste of Spain.
Mahon Cheese Questions And Answers
Q:What is Mahon Cheese?
A:A cow's milk cheese originating from the island of Menorca, Spain. Available in both young and aged varieties it is known for its versatility.
Q:Where to Buy Mahon Cheese?
A:For the best selection of this exquisite ingredient, look no further than Gourmet Food Store’s online shop. From Mitica to Coinga, order all the most popular brands at competitive price-points. Enjoy regular sales, recipes, articles, and recommendations, along with delivery options straight to your door.
Q:What is Mahon Cheese made of?
A:Made from cow's milk, the milk is curdled using enzymes or rennet, and then the curds are cut, drained, and pressed to form the cheese.
Q:How Much Does Mahon Cheese Cost?
A:Prices can range from around $15 to $30 per pound depending on factors such as the specific variety (young or aged), the brand, the region of purchase, and local market conditions.