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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260 53
Parmigiano Reggiano is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hard Cheese

2
372 106
Parmesan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
Parmesan Italy

3
395 124
Cheddar cheese is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
United Kingdom, Ireland, England

4
239 62
Gouda cheese is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
Netherlands

5
162 39
Gruyère cheese is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
Switzerland

6
139 30
Pecorino Romano is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hard Cheese

7
137 37
Manchego is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
Manchego Spain

8
164 61
Colby cheese is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
United States of America

9
148 56
Colby-Jack cheese is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
United States of America

10
71 15
Emmental is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
Switzerland

11
101 39
Monterey Jack is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
United States of America

12
72 24
Edam is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
Netherlands

13
44 13
Comté cheese is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
France

14
30 5
Provolone is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
berman.syrus added Italy

15
23 3
Jarlsberg cheese is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
Justin Parker added Jarlsberg cheese Norway

16
26 6
Swiss cheese is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
berman.syrus added United States of America, Switzerland

17
24 8
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
27 14
Double Gloucester cheese is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
Double Gloucester United Kingdom, England

19
22 10
Cheshire cheese is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
Cheshire England

20
19 9
Zamorano cheese is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
Spain

21
13 4
Munster is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
Justin Parker added France

22
22 13
Mimolette is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
France, Netherlands, Belgium

23
19 12
Cantal cheese is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
France