Although most things can be served with Västerbottensost, there are a number of flavour combinations that work particularly well. A good tip is to try to choose accompaniments with the same flavours as the cheese, or alternatively try something completely different. Find out what your favourite one is.
Since Västerbottensost has a nutty flavour, this is picked up nicely by nuts and almonds. You can toast nuts until they’re golden brown in the oven or in a frying pan, or try the cheese together with caramelised nuts, for example almonds, walnuts, Brazil nuts, macademia nuts, pistachios, pecans and pine nuts.
“When you choose the accompaniments to your Västerbottensost, you can pick up the underlying flavours or go in a completely different direction.”
Fruit and berries
Contrasting the saltiness of the cheese with the sweetness and acid from fruit and berries works extremely well. The sweetness from the milk and fruitiness of the cheese emerge nicely when combined with dried apricots, for example. Think about apple, pear or cloudberries, dried apricots, strawberries, figs or dates, jam and uncooked jam made of currants or cloudberries, marmalade and chutney – try it with apricot chutney.
Bread and biscuits
Soft, freshly baked bread, preferably walnut bread or fruit and nut bread, goes well with the cheese. Biscuits, crispbreads, flat bread and gingerbread biscuits are other good alternatives.
Try Västerbottensost together with celery, radishes, olives and marinated grilled peppers, or make your own pickles.
Try something completely new
Other exciting and perhaps somewhat unexpected flavours which can be combined with Västerbottensost are Dijon mustard, mushrooms, eggs, smoked products such as bacon, vanilla and herbs.