Cheese 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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224 44
Parmigiano Reggiano is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hard Cheese

2
345 100
Parmesan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
Parmesan Italy

3
368 112
Cheddar cheese is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
United Kingdom, Ireland, England

4
218 54
Gouda cheese is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
Netherlands

5
150 36
Gruyère cheese is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
Switzerland

6
128 27
Pecorino Romano is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hard Cheese

7
155 56
Colby cheese is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
United States of America

8
118 37
Manchego is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
Manchego Spain

9
136 52
Colby-Jack cheese is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
United States of America

10
93 36
Monterey Jack is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
United States of America

11
59 14
Emmental is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
Switzerland

12
65 21
Edam is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
Netherlands

13
39 12
Comté cheese is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
France

14
16 2
Jarlsberg cheese is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
Justin Parker added Jarlsberg cheese Norway

15
18 4
Provolone is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
berman.syrus added Italy

16
22 8
bandaged goat cheddar is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
Guest_d86f9d8f-c8f8-4ee1-a510-8eb1e9ed5d4b added bandaged goat cheddar

17
17 5
Swiss cheese is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
berman.syrus added United States of America, Switzerland

18
22 10
Cheshire cheese is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
Cheshire England

19
26 14
Double Gloucester cheese is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
Double Gloucester United Kingdom, England

20
21 10
Mimolette is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
France, Netherlands, Belgium

21
18 9
Zamorano cheese is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
Spain

22
18 12
Cantal cheese is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
France

23
9 3
Munster is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
Justin Parker added France