Crusty bread, prepare to meet your match! Just in time for your next holiday party or impromptu gathering, Isigny Ste. Mère Holiday Brie is in stores now and you’ll only find it at Whole Foods Market. Just look for the logo of the smiling bonhomme (that’s French for a jolly fellow.) This delightful cheese comes from a co-operative of 570 farmers in Normandy, France. Normandy is a lush area of rolling hills that produce very fertile grasses and the cows that graze on these grasses produce high butterfat milk.
Our holiday Brie is unique in that it contains 60% butterfat, a formula customized especially for Whole Foods Market. This butterfat content imparts full and complex flavors to the cheese, resulting in a rich, buttery mouth-feel and herbaceous flavor. It’s also produced using a traditional slow pasteurization process and no growth hormones, such as rBST, are given to the cows. In addition to being superb cheese makers, Isigny Ste. Mère is committed to being a good citizen and protecting the ecosystems of Normandy. In 2008 they converted their facility to biomass renewable energy from the waste of saw mills, park service and industry. They also use a water recovery system to provide steam energy. Isigny Ste. Mère Holiday Brie is simple to serve with your favorite fruit spreads or chutneys – just remove from the refrigerator about an hour before serving. Feeling more adventurous? Try one of our favorite Brie recipes.
Here are even more ways to feature brie at your holiday table. Do you love cheese as much as we do? Then follow our Global Cheese Buyer, Cathy Strange, on Twitter @WFMCheese or like the Facebook page of the Whole Foods Market Cheese Department. What are some of your favorite ways to serve brie?