Suprême – Cheese of the Month

Purple Asparagus with Suprême Sauce

  • French 
  • Cow’s milk 
  • Soft ripened 
  • White rind 
Sounds really good, like Brie, right? Not exactly. Suprême is enriched with crème fraîche. Produced in Burgundy since 1926, it was introduced in the 1930’s under the name “Les Ducs” then by 1968 Suprême des Ducs was distributed internationally. If you are interested in wine pairing, by all means try a Red Burgundy! 
Suprême

Not to take anything away from Brie, Le Brie is King and one of my favorites, in fact, it will be Cheese of the Month in July, so please stop by then for some new Brie recipes. But here we are featuring the esoteric Suprême. Flavors that pair well with this cheese include hazelnut and roasted garlic. Please be sure to visit the Ile de France website for more recipes and information about Suprême.
Purple Asparagus with Suprême Sauce

Simmer the asparagus in boiling water with lemon juice.

Eighteen seconds later  (thanks to digital camera information) you can already see the purple is fading away. If you have your heart set on preserving the original purple color, I am afraid that you have to serve it raw. Which would of course be delicious, as noted in an earlier post, Grilled Purple Asparagus and Tofu, this variety is sweeter and less stringy than green asparagus.

Regular readers of Taste With The Eyes may have noticed that I am a crème fraîche aficionado, and since Suprême is made with it, I thought I would melt the cheese after removing the rind, and add a little crème fraîche to make a sauce. Squeeze some fresh lemon juice (and salt if desired) on the asparagus and ladle the Suprême sauce over. Voilà! Easy and elegant!
More Cheese of the Month!

Grilled Prosciutto Wrapped Escarole Stuffed with Suprême

Quarter a head of escarole keeping the bottom stem intact. Drizzle with your favorite (or mine, see below) Dijon Vinaigrette. Place a slice of Suprême in the center of the escarole. Wrap with prosciutto.
Jacques Pepin’s Vinaigrette in a Jar
  • 2 tsp chopped garlic
  • 3 Tbs Dijon-style mustard
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 c red or white wine vinegar
  • 1 c extra virgin olive oil

Put all ingredients in a jar, screw on the lid, and shake very well.

Grill over medium high heat, turning, until the prosciutto gets crispy, the cheese starts to melt, and the escarole begins to char and wilt. Serve with extra vinaigrette on the side.
Great starter for an alfresco grilling party!

Suprême, Roasted Garlic, 
Grilled Escarole and Japanese Eggplant Sandwich
The ultimate veggie sandwich! There is so much going on here you won’t miss the meat. It is smokey and garlicky, rich and creamy, slightly bitter (in a good way) from the escarole, and silky and toasty…

Lightly brush the escarole with olive oil. Grill over medium high heat, turning until slightly charred and slightly wilted.

Grilling Japanese Eggplant. 

The long slender shape makes it perfect to fit the rolls.
More about eggplant here.

Brush a halved roll with hazelnut oil and grill until toasty. Spread warm roasted garlic cloves on one half, sliced Suprême on the other half. The warm bread will start to melt the cheese.

Top each side with grilled Japanese eggplant and grilled escarole respectively. Sprinkle with sea salt to taste.

A Supremely Flavorful Sandwich.
Thank you to Ile de France for introducing us to Suprême!

29 thoughts on “Suprême – Cheese of the Month”

  1. We have a supermarket here in SA thatsays they will find any cheese anywhere in the world if they do not already have it in stock.I think it is about time I put them to the test!! All these recipes are worth trying….stunning!!!

  2. Very creative, LL. I can't wait to taste that Supreme Sauce. I bet it would taste great on other things, as well. How about with a hearty pasta? FA

  3. Now this is why I love savory foods for breakfast! Very yummy sounding recipes. I have been wanting to join a cheese club.. We have a cheese monger in town.. I'm going to have to go over and grab some of this. You had me when you wrote that it is enriched with creme fraiche and would pair well with a red burgundy wine!

  4. LL,
    I lost your feed somehow……you are back now!
    Congrats on the Buitoni win!
    I just finally made the agnolotti w/ a fried sage butter sauce. Loved them.

    Your asparagus with cheese sauce is heavenly, and I just bought Japanese eggplant this a.m.! Thanks for the inspiration!
    Stace

  5. Oh…wow, not such a fair post when you have NONE of the above ingredients in the fridge…BUT…I am loving the eggplant sandwich and the procuitto wrapped supreme…YUM!
    Great pics great post as always…
    Char.

  6. This cheese sounds great, I'll have to keep an eye out for it at the store. I have not been able to find purple asparagus yet!

  7. The Supreme cheese seems to go with everything…so many combination that I don't know where to start…they all look so yummie, and the pictures are great!

  8. Lori! All of this looks amazing. Beautiful presentation on the asparagus…and ile de france cheeses are sooo good! i brought back some national brands when I was in Monaco back in April. Still trying to work down some of them…

  9. Never heard or have seen purple asparagus. I'd love to find some and give it a try.
    Everything looks fantastic.

  10. What a lovely meal :). I would love to try that cheese, I always tend to doddle in the cheese aisle at the grocery store, I'm such a fan!

  11. That cheese looks nice and creamy and good! I like the concept of those prosciutto wraps and those sandwiches look great!

  12. I love this post! I want to make that grilled escarole with prosciutto! Brilliant idea, love it!! Oh and that eggplant sandwich, I'm all over that too!

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  14. L-L, this is one of the "cheesiest" posts ever! lol I love the wrapped escarole, the asparagus, the sandwich…yum!

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