Beecher's Handmade Cheese Marco Polo
- Microbial Rennet
- Age: 3
- Cow Milk
- by Beecher's Handmade Cheese
- United States
Beecher Handmade Cheese’s Marco Polo nods to the explorer credited with bringing pepper to Europe with this rich, peppercorn-studded cheese. It’s made with the same cultures and cheddaring technique as Beecher’s Flagship, and it has the same base notes of sweet butter and nuts. It diverges with the addition of cracked green and black peppercorns, bringing a zippy bite and slight crunch. Balance the umami by serving Marco Polo with Maine Crisp Co. Savory Fig & Thyme Crisps and sweet Spanish Pajarero Figs.
- Marco Polo is made in a similar way to Beecher’s Flagship—with cheddar and Gruyère cultures and the cheddaring process.
- Cheddar dates back to the Middle Ages, with origins in the village of Cheddar located in Somerset, England. The term cheddar refers not only to a style of cheese but also the process used to make it.
- Cheddaring is a technique where, after the curd is cooked and whey is drained, the curds are piled and cut into long slabs, which are turned and stacked over and over, consolidating and firming up as the rest of the whey drains.
- Beecher’s adds not only familiar black peppercorns to this cheese but also green peppercorns, which are harvested before they mature and have a fresher flavor.
- Melt Marco Polo on a burger or steak, or grate into a baked potato to lend a peppery richness to your meal.
- In 2003, lifelong cheese lover Kurt Beecher Dammeier opened Beecher’s Handmade Cheese in Seattle’s historic Pike Place Market. They expanded their cheesemaking to New York City’s Flatiron District in 2011.
- Beecher's uses traditional methods perfected by cheesemakers over thousands of years, and crafts cheeses free of artificial ingredients.
- From their signature Flagship to extra aged varieties to exciting flavored options, their products are as delicious as the fresh milk they’re made from, which comes from local farms.
- At both of the locations, cheese lovers can watch their favorite cheeses come to life through Beecher’s glass-walled cheesemaking kitchens.