Etorki, meaning 'origin' in Basque language, is a pasteurised sheep’s milk cheese made in French Basque region of the Pyrénées. The milk used to make this cheese is sourced from local black- or red-faced Manech ewes herded by local shepherds and dairy farmers.
Etorki is characterized by its ivory-coloured centre, firm but supple texture and thin, brownish-orange rind, with a burnt caramel sweetness and a creamy texture. According to tradition of the Basque shepherds, it should be served with black cherry jam on top. It is a popular choice for cheese platters but it is equally good in a salad made with yellow apples and sweet pepper preserves, with Bayonne ham and Espelette pepper. It pairs well with a red south west wine such as Bergerac, Madiran or Cahors.
Origin Basque Country, France
Type pressed, uncooked, semi-hard
Milk pasteurized sheep’s milk
Texture smooth, creamy
Flavour mild, sweet
Aroma burnt caramel