Tomme

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Tomme
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Country of origin France
Source of milk Cows/Goats
Pasteurised no
Texture Hard

Tomme (French pronunciation: ​[tɔm]), occasionally spelled Tome, is a type of cheese, and is a generic name given to a class of cheese produced mainly in the French Alps and in Switzerland.[1] It can be made from cow's, ewe's, or goat's milk.[1] Tommes are normally produced from the skim milk[1] left over after the cream has been removed to produce butter and richer cheeses, or when there is too little milk to produce a full cheese. As a result, they are generally low in fat.[2]

There are many varieties of Tommes, which are usually identified by their place of origin. The most famous of these is Tomme de Savoie.[1] Other Tommes include Tomme Boudane, Tomme au Fenouil, Tomme de Crayeuse, Tomme d'Aydius, Tomme de Grandmère, Tomme Affinée, and Tomme du Revard. Tomme de Montagne is a collective term for the upland varieties, e.g. Tomme de Savoie but not Tomme de Beaujolais.

Tomme is traditionally used to make aligot and truffade, two Auvergnat dishes combining melted cheese and mashed or sautéed potatoes.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Joel Robuchon et al., Larousse Gastronomique (New York, New York: Clarkson Potter, 2001), page 1220.
  2. ^ However, Tomme de Boudane and Tomme de Revard can contain as much as 20-40% fat. (Larousse (2001), p. 1220.)

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