One of the best pairings for Renegade Monk that we have come across can be found at Pick & Cheese, the conveyor belt cheese bar in Seven Dials Market. Here Renegade Monk is served with a small cube of sweet Earl Grey Tea Jelly, adding yet another note of complexity and fragrance.
For simpler cooking at home, a whole Renegade Monk, pierced with slivers of garlic and gently baked until melting, is a real treat. Curl up with some crusty bread and indulge.
We like adding just a spot to mashed potato (although our children object if we add too much) and it melts inside baked potatoes wonderfully too.
If you’re feeling more ambitious, try adding it to a caramelised onion tart – a combination we first came across at the Roth Bar & Grill.
With a young Renegade Monk, Heritage Wines recommend Chapel Down’s 2015 Chardonnay.
As they say, “Our English wine of choice to pair with Renegade Monk is Chapel Down’s 2015 Chardonnay. Before bottling, the wine was matured on lees for an extended period of time resulting in delicate buttery characters, which will match those of the cheese. With England’s trademark high acidity, Chapel Down Chardonnay helps to cleanse and refresh the palate after each mouthful. This wine has the ability to age, during which time it will continue to develop complexity in the bottle. If you can find yourself an old vintage of Chapel Down Chardonnay, we recommend enjoying with an older Renegade Monk too.”
Renegade Monk also works equally well with noble rot wines, such as Sauternes, Barsac or Monbazillac – or even a Hungarian Tokaji.
And, of course, as an ale-washed cheese, it’s worth trying with a pint of your favourite ale or bitter – but please no continental lagers!
We’d love to know how you have used Renegade Monk. Please do tell us. We’ll put our favourites up on the website – with a full credit!