My happy place? Trader Joe’s. Specifically the cheese section at Trader Joe’s, I am a firm believer that Trader Joe’s has the best cheese. There is no shortage of high quality and specialty cheeses at a very reasonable price. In fact, most of Trader Joe’s cheese is less than $10 per pound. From soft cheeses like goat and brie, to hard cheeses like cheddar, and even wine soaked cheeses, how do you pick?! Here are my top ten cheeses from Trader Joe’s.
The Top 10 Cheeses at Trader Joe’s
*Disclaimer: These are in no specific order, I love them all equally.
This is a tangy slice that will leave you wanting more. I love it with a cracker and some honey. This creamy and crumbly Gorgonzola cheese is also perfect to put on salads and steaks. Just remember, a little goes a long way with this one! Price: $6/pound
What’s actually amazing about this Manchego cheese is that it’s aged for 12 months and you can find it at every Trader Joe’s. It’s so flavorful and dense but yet breaks apart easily when cut. This cheese is good with crackers, salamis/prosciutto or just by itself. Price: $13/pound
Cheddar Cheese with Caramelized Onions
This cheddar cheese I probably would have never bought on my own because it sounds just a little too…odd. But this is one of those combos that is literally perfect. I had a friend bring it over randomly for a party and I was immediately hooked. It’s a unique spin on your typical cheddar cheese, this cheddar itself is pretty mild but the caramelized onions give it a savory-sweet taste. I love it on apples or with crackers and I’ve been dying to try it on a burger. Put this caramelized onion cheddar cheese on your next cheese board and I will bet you it will be the first cheese that’s gone. Price: $8/pound.
Jalapeno and Honey Chevre
Speaking of odd flavor combos that turn out to be a necessity is this chevre cheese. I’d even go so far as to putting it on every cheese board you make moving forward. This cheese is a small smooth/creamy little cylinder. It gives off a subtle spice to a great goat cheese so it’s not overwhelming to people who don’t like spicy, but it’s satisfying to people who love spice. Price: $3
Triple Creme Brie
I’m a brie cheese lover, it’s hands down one of my favorite types of cheese, and this triple creme brie cheese from Trader Joe’s is one of the best brie’s I’ve ever had (and trust me, I’ve tried a lot.) This brie cheese is extra creamy and literally melts as soon as you put it in your mouth. I die and go to heaven with every bite. Pro tip: heat this brie for a few minutes on broil in the oven before serving for some extra creamy goozy goodness. Price: $6/pound.
Creamy Toscano Cheese Soaked in Syrah
What cheese goes better with a glass (or bottle) of Syrah than a cheese that’s been soaked in Syrah? You guessed it, this one. It tastes like a mix of Parmesan and cheddar, but then the wine gives the cheese some blackberry undertones which are to die for. This creamy Toscano cheese is the perfect cheese to bring to your next wine & girl’s night. Price: $10/pound.
1,000 Day Gouda Cheese
This is a Dutch gouda and it’s no secret that it’s aged for 1,000 days. It’s sharp and nutty and because of its age it gives off an intense flavor. This gouda isn’t smokey, but more briny and sharp. You will also get the crunchy little cheese crystals with this baby. People will go wild for this Gouda cheese from Trader Joe’s. Price: $12/pound.
Asiago Cheese With Rosemary and Olive Oil
Rosemary is hands down my favorite herb and Asiago bagels have long been a favorite so when I saw this in the Trader Joe’s cheese section I knew I would fall in love. Needless to say, this cheese did not let me down. Similar to Parmesan, Asiago is a hard cheese that falls apart as you slice it. It’s a very sharp cheese, like a sharp cheddar which pairs perfectly with a cracker and some prosciutto. Price: $8/pound.
Baked Lemon Ricotta Cheese
This cheese is everything you’d want – sweet, savory, and citrusy. This is a seasonal cheese at Trader Joe’s which makes it almost worth buying it in bulk. It’s a little but thicker than your typical ricotta because of the lemon. I personally love it on pasta with kale or spinach and some olive oil. Price: $10/pound.
English Coastal Cheddar
This is one of my favorite “plain” cheddar for many reasons but mainly because it’s both sharp and still creamy, and even more flavorful. You’ll even get some onion and rosemary tones with your bites. It’s also not too hard and can easily be cut. Price: $8/pound.
Trader Joe’s Foodie Finds
As I was checking out the latest in the cheese section in Trader Joe’s last time I went I grabbed my usual and a woman asked me..”is that good?!” and I was like omg the best! And she bought it. Which made me think..what cheese don’t we know about TJ’s and what do we need to try which inspired me to write this blog “the best cheeses to buy at Trader Joe’s”
What cheeses are your favorite at Trader Joe’s? I need to know!!
~ XOXO, the cheese lovin’, Amanda // Blonde out of Water