“ Cheeses from France „
Saint Agur is a pasteurized Blue cheese made in the town of Beauzac (the Auverne region of France) by the cheese company Bongrain. It was developed in 1988 made from pastuerised cows milk enriched with cream and contains 60% butterfat making it a double cream cheese. The cheese is aged for 60 days and gets spicier and stronger over time.
The white creamy cheese has characteristic veins of blue green.
Though it has the name Saint Agur their is no town or saint with this name.
Saint Agur can be found in most supermarket cheese counters and comes in three main varieties The Saint Agur Blue veined 150g packs, Creme de Sait Agur 150g, and Saint Agur Delice 140g.
Usually sold in 150g packs for around 1.99
per 100g: Calories 363kCal, Fat 33.5g, Sat Fat 23.2g, Sugar: 0.2g, Salt: 2.8g.
This product contains milk so lactose intolerant people should avoid and is suitable for Vegetarians not Vegans
I love this cheese, it's gorgeously spreadable making it perfect for crackers (i hate it when crackers break in half when you put cheese on top).
I also enjoy this cheese on french bread, with salad, or with a jacket potato. It's alsoi great with rich and salty bacon.
Because it is made with cream it's richly cream texture means that the blue side of it is not as overpowering as a blue cheese like Stilton can be.If you like cheese but find most blues too strong this may be a perfect alternative. If you like a strong stilton this can be a rich creamy alternative to your usual blue because it's so creamy and spreadable.
I'm a big cheese addict, and love to try new cheeses, so when my boyfriends parents had some of this in the fridge on my last visit, I was itching to try it - I have to say partly because it was packaged so attractively, in a cardboard sleeve with a clear window that allowed you to get a good look at the creamy white cheese with it's attractive network of blue green veins.
Upon opening the packet the first thing I noticed was the smell - extremely strong. Most blue cheeses are pretty potent, but this one really assaults the nose, and could potentially clear a table if served to non cheese lovers . The second thing I noticed was that it was very moist . My experience of blue cheese mainly lies with the dry and crumbly stuff, so I was slightly surprised by the wetness.
The cheese is easy to cut, although it does crumble a little . It's actually quite soft, and should you wish to perhaps crumble it onto a salad or some hot garlic mushrooms, this would be incredibly easy to do . I would go so far as to say that this is almost spreadable once it is left out of the fridge for a little while, and goes wonderfully with crackers .
The taste is nice and strong, without being too overpowering . It's very rich and creamy in texture, and sort of clings to the tastebuds. I was also surprised by the fact that this wasn't particularly salty, something I find can be a problem with some other blue cheeses . I find this too rich to be able to eat large amounts, but I do find a couple of generously topped crackers satisfies my cheese craving easily .
Like many other cheeses, this is pretty calorific - per 100g there are 363 calories and 33g of fat . With that said, 100g of this cheese really is an awful lot, and with such strong flavours you really don't need to use much, even in cooking .
I've since seen this cheese widely available in supermarkets, costing about £1.50 for a 150g pack, which I think is really quite reasonable. I think this is a rich, creamy, good quality blue cheese, and I really like it. I do think the smell is quite strong though, and may put some people off, but personally I like a good stinky cheese, so 5 stars.
My Dad loves this cheese, and I never complain when he buys it!
I love cheese, and all types of it, especially blue cheese - but I know this is something you either love or hate. Some people just can't get their head around the fact that the blue bits are mould!! I, however, love it!
The packet is a square cardboard, holding a triangular plastic insert with the cheese in. The cardboard has a window so you can view the cheese and look at how tasty it looks!
The packet is easy to open, by sliding out the inner tray and peeling back the protective plastic sheet. The cheese is a wedge going from thcik to thin.
The cheese looks like any kind of blue cheese - white/cream with bluey/green veins running through it. However, this cheese looks lovely and creamy too and has a wet ort of shine to it.
The cheese is very easy to cut and is very soft and almost spreadable.
The taste is quite strong, and is lovely and creamy and almost melts in your mouth. If you like blue cheese then I can't see why you could not like this!
Luckily you can't eat too much of this without the creaminess becoming too much - which is a good thing because otherwise it wouldn't be hard to get through it quickly!!
Obviously, the nutritional values of this cheese are bad, but then most cheese are! The box is 150g, and 100g gives you 363kcal and a whopping 33g of fat! Definitely one to avoid if dieting!!
The cheese costs about £1.40, but is regularly on offer.
I would recommend this cheese for sandwiches or crackers, and it would also be good on a cheeseboard at a dinner party, so it is a very versatile cheese.
I never normally buy this sort of thing, but I was supermarket shopping with my friend and we discovered this in the dairy section. It was reduced to £1.39. My friend decided to buy it.
I was curious. It looked a lot like stilton. I do like stilton, but the taste can be overpowering sometimes.
So we got home and I decided to try a nibble. I was pleasantly surprised. It is like stilton only with a gorgeous, creamy texture. It is a very, very soft cheese. When I first bit into it I definitely got the taste of stilton, but as I chewed I got this sweetness coming through. I love how you can really pick out the blue from the rest of it.
I tried to eat a huge piece of it but that was a mistake because I got this very tangy aftertaste that I wasn't a fan of! It's a slow burner.
It comes in a very appealing, isoceles-triangular box, and the back tells us that it's from the cheese making Auvergne region of Central France. It suggests you eat Saint Agur accompanied by a full-bodied red Burgundy, a sweeter white wine or port.
I think this is perfect for parties, especially where there are finger buffets. On the back of the pack there is a recipe for "Spinach and Saint Agur Quiche". There are eight recipes to collect in total.
I would recommend this cheese to anyone who likes cheese really. It's wonderful. Unless of course, they're on a diet. A third of it is fat!
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I recently discovered St Agur Blue Cheese when I saw it on special offer at a supermarket. It made me wonder why on earth I had never purchased it before. I am a huge blue cheese fan, and on tasting this cheese, I realised what I had been missing, it certainly gives Stilton a run for its money.
Look and texture wise it differs from blue cheeses such as Danish Blue and Blue Stilton. It is far softer and actually cuts in a similar manner to a brie. It has a similar colour to that of a Danish Blue, with pure white cheese speckled with greenish blue veins. It is fair to say that it looks quite exotic.
Taste and texture wise, St Agur is an extremely creamy, rich moist cheese that just melts on the tongue the moment it enters ones mouth. Its flavour is not quite what one would expect though for such a creamy cheese. It has a tangy, almost spicy flavour to it, whilst still being in keeping with the essential flavours that a blue cheese should have. It is a little less salty than some other blue cheeses, but this just may be because the tangy flavour balances out the saltiness.
The soft creaminess means that, in my opinion, this cheeses life purpose is to be spread. Whether it be on a cheese biscuit or a nice rustic lump of bread, it is up to you, but one has to take advantage of its wonderful soft spreadableness.
If you are a fan of blue cheeses, and want a blue cheese that has a softer creamier touch than the usual cheeses, then St Agur is definitely one for you. You could be looking at a few pounds for a block as it is at the dearer end of the price scale.
I bought this cheese in Tesco as it was on special offer for a pound, so as I'm a fan of soft cheeses and blue cheese in general, I thought I'd give it a go. And I was glad I did! I found it to be a delicious and versatile blue cheese.
The pack is reasonably attractive, with a cardboard outer sleeve, which encases a plastic pack with the cheese inside. The cardboard sleeve is useful as it stops the cheese falling around in the fridge.
The cheese itself looks tasty with blue veins and is presented in a triangular wedge shape. It has a pleasant aroma - not too strong to stink out the fridge, which is a bonus!
Saint Agur is soft, but also has a firmish texture, so it is not runny and would work well left out of the fridge for a while on a cheese board. This allows it a certain amount of versatility as it can be eaten on its own, spread on bread or crackers or melted in recipes. I have eaten it all these ways!
I found that it was a little bit too firm to spread well on bread without tearing it a bit, but it worked fine on toast or crackers. However, it worked best stirred into a risotto as it finishes cooking.
In terms of taste, it does not have the super strong blue cheese taste which I love. However, it is strong enough to have a distinct flavour, whilst at the same time not being too overpowering if you're not a fan of seriously stinky cheese! The texture was very pleasant and creamy, and there was no aftertaste.
In my opinion, the mark of a good cheese is would I buy it again, and more importantly, would I buy it at full price? The answer to both these questions is yes, and I would serve it on a cheese board if I had a dinner party, as it's a cheese I'm sure my friends would appreciate.
I don't think that I could ever eat enough cheese! I adore the stuff whether it's soft, hard, strong or mild, I'll try anything but I have to say that Saint Agur is extremely close to the top on my list of favourite cheeses. It is a little gem found either pre-packed in the chiller, or it can be bought by weight in most delis.
Whilst on holiday in France last year, I came across a delicious cheese called Bleu D'Auvergne, and I have searched for it in vain, but never found it in this country. When I came across Saint Agur, purely by chance because it was on special offer, I was surprised and delighted at how close it resembled Bleu D'Auvergne. On closer inspection of the pack, I discovered that it is from the same region in France, so I was wondering if it has been rebranded for the UK, but I am wrong, apparently it was invented in 1986 by the Bongrain cheese company, and therefore a completely different and wonderful cheese in its own right.
Saint Agur from the chiller is essentially a soft blue cheese made with cow's milk which comes in a right angled wedge shaped plastic pack, with a cardboard sleeve. On the front of the yellow and green sleeve, the name is written in red with a picture of a medieval castle in grey, and a cut out so that you can see the cheese. On the reverse and side you are given the ingredients, weight, origin, serving suggestions, contact information and a recipe with a picture. There are eight recipes to collect across the packs - today, mine is for Saint Agur mini baked potatoes. The cheese sits on a paper like slip which absorbs the moisture, in white plastic tray with a film lid.
When you slide off the cardboard and peel back the plastic film you are met with an extremely pleasant smell. Some blue cheeses can literally make your eyes water, but Saint Agur is not like this at all. The aroma is barely noticeable, and I have sniffed it a lot for the purposes of this review: the nearest smell that I can come up with to describe it is Caerphilly -a musky yet slightly salty smell.
This cheese looks very moist, with a watery sheen on the top of it. Unlike a lot of blue cheeses, Saint Agur does not appear to be veined, it seems to have "pockets" of blue; some large, and some small, and this all adds to the texture. Some areas of this cheese are softer than others, so occasionally you come across a section that has the consistency of cheese spread, but I find that this adds to its character. It generally has an incredibly creamy texture, which can be sliced or crumbled, but if you leave it out of the fridge for twenty minutes, it will spread easily on to bread or crackers.
The best bit - the taste. Blue cheese is a very personal taste; you will either love it, or hate it. I personally love it, especially Saint Agur. It is moderately strong and quite rich, but nowhere near as strong as stilton or even camembert. It is a little bit salty, but pleasantly so, and not intolerable. Surprisingly, it is not especially cheesy, but very creamy. It does not leave you with an unpleasant aftertaste and essentially, this cheese does not taste or smell as though it has gone off unlike a lot of blue cheese! It has the perfect balance for me and I absolutely adore it. I want my young sons to appreciate cheese, and I have introduced them to this and they certainly didn't run a mile, which is always a good sign!
I personally enjoy Saint Agur on a crusty baguette or cream crackers, with a glass of good wine, in front of a favoured chick flick. Bliss! I have also had it crumbled on top of a tomato and bacon salad, melted it onto crostini, stirred it into a risotto, and I even followed the recipe on the pack - melting it into baked potatoes. Either way, it has always been delicious and if I could give this six stars, I truly would.
If you are very lucky, you can find Saint Agur on offer at £1, but usually you can expect to pay between £1.80 and £2 for a 150g pack. Cheese is never going to be healthy, and this one stands at 33g of fat per 100g and 363 calories, but if you can limit yourself to a little bit every now and again, its definitely worth a try. It is among the more expensive cheeses, but trust me, it is truly worth it, and will definitely be a classy addition to any cheeseboard.
A rich, creamy textured blue cheese.