Hailing from the sunny Balearic Island of Menorca, Mahon is a mellow cow’s milk cheese from Spain, typically aged from 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 is 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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About Mahon Cheese
Mahon cheese is one of Spain’s most prized culinary items, but one often overlooked for another more famous Spanish cheese, Manchego. Manchego cheese 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, the latter giving the cheese an orange hue that characterizes it. The aging can vary, anywhere from a young two months to well over a year.
As with any cheese, the more the cheese is aged, the more the flavor develops over time. A young Mahon cheese will be mild, smooth, and dense, becoming more intensely flavored with time, drier and crumblier.
How To Eat Mahon
Mahon is like cheddar in a lot of ways and can be used much the same way. Great on cheese plates, melted over pasta, risotto, or potato dishes, or served simple with apple slices and a glass of wine or chilled beer. In Menorca, locals enjoy Mahon with simply a little fresh ground black pepper, a drizzle of olive oil and a dash of tarragon.
Buy Mahon online at Gourmet Food Store and savor the best of Spanish cheese.