Product Type: Boursin Cheese
Newest Review: ... a lovely garlic and herb flavour to it that isn't too strong but is very tasty. It is quite versatile, being as lovely on crackers as it... more
Du pain, du vin et du boursin....!
Member Name: bkecky
Date: 08/10/09, updated on 09/10/09 (127 review reads)
Advantages: completely delicious!
Disadvantages: a little pricey
One of the few things I actually enjoy about living in France is the price of Boursin cheese! It is half the price of the same product in England but for once the product is exactly the same. This was a treat when I was in England but now I have to admit it has become a staple in my diet...But at least it is nice to know that when I get back to the UK I will be able to enjoy my authentically French cheese without being ripped off for an amateur substitute.
For years my mother used to buy this cheese and I thought for a number of years that it was some sort of stinky horrible mouldy French cheese. However one day when there was little in the house to eat I gave it a sniff and discovered that actually this was a cream cheese that had a garlic smell but not at all the repulsive mouldy smell I had imagined. With a degree of trepidation I stuck my finger in and tried it. It was amazing! How had I not discovered this before?! Since that moment I was hooked.
Boursin is very creamy and those who like garlic will love the taste of it smothered onto a baguette. The 150g foil wrapped pack is a little difficult to keep clean and it can often get messy with cheese crumbling about. It is not a processed spreadable cheese so it is a little crumbly. There is a cardboard box to minimise fridge mess but it's still a little unappetising looking when returning to the pack to eat more (as often is the case!).
There are now some new flavours out such as shallot and chive and a black pepper one. I was not impressed with the black pepper but mainly because I am not a big cheese fan but the original boursin tastes strongly of garlic and herbs, which I love. The black pepper one for me was a little too cream cheese tasting. If you pop over to France at any point there is also a fig version although I haven't tried this one. Also if you do go to France, try the supermarket's own version (Monoprix sell one for about 70p), which is a little more travel friendly and doesn't create such a mess but has the same taste. Good for the car journey home.
I like to eat this on white baguette or toast but it is also good on Ryvita and other such crackers. Only problem is that it is extremely moreish and certainly not good for the waist-line. I can easily eat half a pack of this!
Summary: A good picnic staple