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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337 96
Cheddar cheese is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
United Kingdom, Ireland, England

2
300 81
Parmesan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
Parmesan Italy

3
185 36
Parmigiano Reggiano is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hard Cheese

4
191 45
Gouda cheese is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
Netherlands

5
134 34
Gruyère cheese is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
Switzerland

6
115 25
Pecorino Romano is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hard Cheese

7
141 49
Colby cheese is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
United States of America

8
124 46
Colby-Jack cheese is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
United States of America

9
95 35
Manchego is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
Manchego Spain

10
80 32
Monterey Jack is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
United States of America

11
57 19
Edam is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
Netherlands

12
47 14
Emmental is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
Switzerland

13
31 11
Comté cheese is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
France

14
20 6
Cheshire cheese is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
Cheshire England

15
17 7
bandaged goat cheddar is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
Guest_d86f9d8f-c8f8-4ee1-a510-8eb1e9ed5d4b added bandaged goat cheddar

16
21 12
Double Gloucester cheese is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
Double Gloucester United Kingdom, England

17
15 7
Zamorano cheese is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
Spain

18
17 10
Mimolette is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
France, Netherlands, Belgium

19
6 2
Swiss cheese is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
berman.syrus added United States of America, Switzerland

20
4 1
Provolone is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
berman.syrus added Italy

21
2 0
Jarlsberg cheese is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
Justin Parker added Jarlsberg cheese Norway

22
13 12
Cantal cheese is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
France

23
0 1
Munster is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
Justin Parker added France