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The Best Semi-Hard Cheese

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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    79
    29

    Gouda

    Netherlands
  • 2
    51
    14

    Gruyère cheese

  • 3
    52
    24

    Havarti

    Denmark
  • 4
    45
    18

    Provolone

    Italy
  • 5
    38
    12

    Manchego

    Spain
  • 6
    39
    16

    Swiss

    United States of America, Switzerland
  • 7
    37
    17

    Clothbound Cheddar

    England
  • 8
    24
    10

    Port-Salut

    France
  • 9
    20
    7
    Netherlands
  • 10
    18
    7

    Beaufort cheese

    France
  • 11
    16
    9

    Fontal

    Italy
  • 12
    23
    20

    Jarlsberg

  • 13
    19
    14

    Rustico

    Italy
  • 14
    16
    13

    Madrigal

    France
  • 15
    11
    10

    Cantal

    France
  • 16
    11
    12
  • 17
    9
    10

    Cașcava

    Various
  • 18
    10
    14

    Montasio

    Italy