Fromage blanc is a French-style fresh cheese that is similar to fromage frais or crème fraîche. This extremely soft, fresh cream cheese has the consistency of sour cream and a similar tang. The fat content, however, is significantly lower. In France, Fromage blanc is often eaten with fruit and sugar or honey as a dessert, but it can also be used in cooking, as a savory addition to pasta, or as a dip or spread.
Here are a few ideas:
- Fromage Blanc is an excellent substitute for Chèvre or cream cheese.
- Mix with pesto or with olive tapanade and serve on fresh baguette or crackers.
- In place of cream cheese on bagels with smoked salmon, onion and capers
- Roll Fromage Blanc in a thin slice of prosciutto, heat in oven until just warm and serve with mustard or onion sauce
- Spread a toasted baguette with Fromage Blanc, drained sun-dried tomato halves and arugula leaves
- For breakfast or dessert, warm walnut bread and Fromage Blanc are a superb combination.
- Topping for any mixed green salad (in lieu of a chevre)
- Brioche filled with fromage and smoked salmon
- Topping for a Neapolitan pizza (or any other pizza)
- Various frittatas – zucchini and fromage
- Leek, potato and fromage
- Smoked salmon, leek and fromage