Cheese: Amablu “St. Pete’s Select”
Who: Caves of Faribault
Where: Faribault, MN
Milk Type: cow, raw
Texture: Blue, semi-soft
Shape: 6.5lb drum; available in small wedges.
Flavor: smooth, creamy, tangy
The Faribault Dairy Company were the first to make a blue cheese in the US, starting in 1936 in the St. Pete’s sandstone cave formations. The company was eventually sold and production moved to Wisconsin in the 1990’s. Caves of Faribault was launched in 2001 to resurrect the original recipe and put the caves back to their original purpose.
Today the company makes only blues:
St. Pete’s Select:
The latter is a splendidly creamy, tangy, blue wonder aged at least 100 days. It’s a go-to cracker cheese on our cheese boards, a blue that is easy, that pleases lovers of blue and surprises those who typically avoid it. At a recent party I served it drizzled in honey (basswood) from our bees and Vigin Moscato. Perfect! We killed off servings for 50 in just ten minutes. Many of the compliments coming from people who said “I don’t like blue cheese but THIS… wow!”
Beverage pairings: Sparkling whites like the Moscato mentioned above.
By the way- speaking of pairings… The dairy has also just released their special-order only Winter Blues:
St. Pete’s Select washed in Summit Brewing Company’s Winter Ale.