Food The Best Hard Cheese  

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If you're a cheese lover who values bold flavor, this list is for you. Hard cheeses are some of the most popular types of cheese around the world, and it's not hard to see why. These varieties are packed firm and aged for prolonged periods of time. The process gives the cheeses a dense, hard texture and a distinctive sharp taste. Many hard cheeses are traditionally tasted in small amounts as an accent to savory dishes. But travel the globe to countries like France, Italy, and America, and you'll find these delicious hard cheeses enjoyed on their own, too.

What varieties will you find on this list of the best hard cheeses? Cheddar, which was originally produced in England, is a tasty cheese that makes the perfect ingredient in any sandwich. The sharpness and texture of this good hard cheese are determined by its aging time. Parmesan cheese is another go-to hard cheese that's frequently grated. When it comes to a hard cheese perfect for melting, it doesn't get much better than Gouda. Other options featured on this top hard cheeses list include Pecorino Romano, Colby, and Emmental cheese.

Which hard cheese do you like the best? Vote your favorites up to the top of this list by giving them a thumbs up, and please add any delicious hard cheeses that are missing.

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289 58
Parmigiano-Reggiano is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
2
397 113
Parmesan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
Parmesan Italy
3
429 128
Cheddar cheese is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
United Kingdom, Ireland, England
4
265 66
Gouda cheese is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
Netherlands
5
179 40
Gruyère cheese is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
Switzerland
6
148 34
Pecorino Romano is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
7
147 42
Manchego is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
Manchego Spain
8
176 65
Colby cheese is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
United States of America
9
159 59
Colby-Jack cheese is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
United States of America
10
111 42
Monterey Jack is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
United States of America
11
76 19
Emmental is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
Switzerland
12
44 6
Provolone is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
berman.syrus added Italy
13
79 27
Edam is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
Netherlands
14
51 15
Comté cheese is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
France
15
36 6
Swiss cheese is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
berman.syrus added United States of America, Switzerland
16
30 5
Jarlsberg cheese is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
Justin Parker added Jarlsberg cheese Norway
17
31 9
bandaged goat cheddar is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
Guest_d86f9d8f-c8f8-4ee1-a510-8eb1e9ed5d4b added bandaged goat cheddar
18
35 16
Double Gloucester cheese is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
Double Gloucester United Kingdom, England
19
24 10
Zamorano cheese is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
Spain
20
27 13
Cheshire cheese is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
Cheshire England
21
21 9
Munster is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
Justin Parker added France
22
23 13
Cantal cheese is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
France
23
27 17
Mimolette is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
France, Netherlands, Belgium