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
Tastes delicious! Just don't come too close!!
Member Name: col81
Advantages: Versatile, delicious, keeps vampires at bay
Disadvantages: Reeks of garlic, high fat content
My review is for the boxes of 6 little portions of Boursin, although it is the same cheese as in the picture above.
Boursin is one of the most delicious soft cheeses I have tasted. It is a French cheese created in 1957 by Francois Boursin who was a cheesemaker in Normandy. He called his cheese Gournay cheese after the town he grew up in. Apparently all packets of Boursin state that the cheese is 'All natural Gournay cheese', but alas, I can't find this on the box of my Boursin portions! I am sure, however, that I haven't been sold counterfeit cheese.
There are many varieties of Boursin as follows:
Ail and Fines Herbes (garlic and herb to you and me)
Shallot and chive
Light garlic and herb
and a new Roasted Red Pepper variety.
I have only ever seen the Garlic and Herb variety in the portions pack.
The packaging for my six little tasty portions is a quite flat cuboid shaped cardboard box made from an outer sleeve and a tray which slides out to reveal six individual portions of Boursin, each one wrapped in what can only be described as a cross between foil and paper. It's more like paper than foil, but it keeps the cheese lovely and fresh and is ideal for putting into packed lunches or on the side of your plate at tea time.
The cheese itself is very soft yet crumbly also. The cheese has a light, fresh taste and then the overwhelming garlic hits you like a freight train! If you are a garlic lover like me it's fabulous but if you're not so keen or are going to be in close proximity to others, it might be best avoided! The garlic does take over the cheese somewhat but I like that.
I tend to have this most often on crackers, but it is lovely in a sandwich either on its own or with ham or salad. It is delicious in a baked potato, although more than one little portion may be required. I also like to drop a portion into some just-drained pasta and it melts beautifully, coating the pasta in cheesey garlicy goodness. There are many things which this cheese could be used for and the Boursin website gives loads of yummy ideas.
Each little portion is 16g and the nutritional information is given per 100g. Fat content is 41g per 100g so roughly 6g of fat per little portion which isn't very good! However, I consider Boursin to be a treat and we don't buy it that often. The 6 pack cost £1.14 from Tesco which may seem dear but as we don't buy it often and have it as a treat I am prepared to pay that to stink of garlic for the rest of the day!
Summary: A delicious soft cheese
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