Cheese

The Best Semi-Hard Cheese 

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Updated October 13, 2018 431 votes 195 voters 8.4k views 18 items

Semi-hard cheeses are some of the most popular types of cheese in the world, produced in countries including France, Italy, and the United States. From cheddar to Parmesan, these firm, aged products are delicious sliced, grated, or mixed into recipes. But determining the very best semi-hard cheese is a tasty challenge, since these cheeses come in so many forms. Some good semi-hard cheese is best used as a sprinkled addition, while other creamy semi-hard cheeses can be sliced and eaten on their own.

What varieties of cheese will you find on this mouthwatering list? Sharp and tasty, Provolone is a popular semi-hard cheese that can be used in a variety of recipes. This cow's milk cheese is often found in a savory smoked variety. Jarlsberg – a hole-filled cheese similar to Swiss – is another delectable semi-hard cheese featured on this list. Spanish Manchego cheese gets its signature bite by being aged from 60 days to two years. Other great varieties that appear on this roundup of top semi-hard cheeses include Beaufort, Madrigal cheese, and Gruyere.

Do you have a favorite semi-hard cheese? Vote your personal picks up to the top of the list by giving them a thumbs up, and add any tasty cheeses that are missing.

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Havarti is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Semi-Hard Cheese
Denmark
2
Provolone is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Semi-Hard Cheese
Italy
3
Gouda cheese is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Semi-Hard Cheese
Gouda cheese Netherlands
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Gruyère is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Semi-Hard Cheese
Switzerland
5
Clothbound Cheddar is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Semi-Hard Cheese
Clothbound Cheddar England
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Manchego cheese is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Semi-Hard Cheese
Spain
7
Swiss cheese is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Semi-Hard Cheese
Swiss United States of America, Switzerland
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Jarlsberg is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Semi-Hard Cheese
Jarlsberg
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Rustico is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Semi-Hard Cheese
Rustico Italy
10
Madrigal is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Semi-Hard Cheese
Madrigal France
11
Port-Salut cheese is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Semi-Hard Cheese
France
12
Cașcava is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Semi-Hard Cheese
Cașcava Various
13
Cabrales cheese is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Semi-Hard Cheese
Spain
14
Beaufort cheese is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Semi-Hard Cheese
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Cantal is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Semi-Hard Cheese
France
16
Edam is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Semi-Hard Cheese
Netherlands
17
Fontal is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Semi-Hard Cheese
Fontal Italy
18
Montasio is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Semi-Hard Cheese
Italy