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Your Complete Lunchmeat, Cheese & Beer Pairing Guide

It’s time to talk about a few of your favorite things: Meat, cheese, and beer. Whether you’re hosting a game night, hanging out with the guys or having friends over to watch the big game, there’s no shame in being the host-with-the-most. In fact, it’s something you should boast about…and your mom would be so proud.

We did some research and are here to tell you the basics on how to properly pair lunchmeat, cheese, and beer—without the extra fluff.

Honey Roasted Ham

Honestly, we could eat Hillshire Farm® Farm Classics® Honey Roasted Ham straight from the bag. It’s packed with that delicious sweet-and-salty flavor you know and love, and tastes incredibly fresh.

What Cheese?

Brie Cheese

Brie has a smooth, buttery taste with a somewhat salty finish. Pair it with your Honey Roasted Ham for a foolproof combination.

Provolone Cheese

Provolone; one of the most versatile cheeses of all. It has a mild, smoky flavor, which makes it the perfect partner for Honey Roasted Turkey Breast.

What Beer?

You’ll want to go for a beer that has a citrusy flavor and a medium-high hop to complement the sweet taste of your Honey Roasted Ham, like an American Pale Ale.

Hickory Smoked Ham

Any good meat-and-cheese ensemble should include this classic deli fare. Due to it’s salty-sweet flavor, Hillshire Farm® Farm Classics® Hickory Smoked Ham can be paired with a number of cheeses. The trick? Find one with a complementary flavor and texture.

What Cheese?

Meunster Cheese

Muenster cheese has a fairly mild and smooth flavor, and a soft texture. This allows it to complement the smoky flavor from your meat in the best way possible.

Swiss Cheese
Like muenster, Swiss cheese is soft and smooth, with what some might describe as a nut-like texture. It’s mild taste complements the toasted flavors of the Hickory Smoked Ham.

What Beer?

Since you’re getting a salty-sweet flavor from your ham, you’ll want to go with a beer that has a subtle maltiness with a slightly spicy hop, like a Pilsner.

Black Forest Ham

When it comes to the deep smoky flavor of Hillshire Farm® Farm Classics® Black Forest Ham, you’ll want to go pair a cheese that has a sweet or tangy flavor.

What Cheese?

Gruyere Cheese
This sweet yet slightly salty cheese has a creamy texture. It’s flavor isn’t too overpowering, so you’re able to soak in every bite of your Black Forest Ham.

Cheddar Cheese
Let’s face it—cheddar should be invited to the party no matter what, but it should definitely be paired with your Black Forest Ham. The sharpness of the cheddar serves as a perfect partner for the smoky taste of the ham.

What Beer?

We recommend finding a beer that has a hint of an apple flavor—it will complement the taste of the Black Forest Ham, and gives you an excuse to drink a fruity beer.

Oven Roasted Turkey Breast

While Honey Roasted Turkey Breast has a sweet flavor, Oven Roasted Turkey Breast has a more mild, home-cooked taste. When it comes to pairing cheese with this deli meat, you’ll want to look for something that has a somewhat tangy flavor, but you’ll want to try to keep a smooth texture.

What Cheese?

Havarti Cheese

Havarti is similar to Swiss in its buttery, smooth texture. But, it has a slightly acidic taste, which means it’s perfect to pair alongside your Oven Roasted Turkey Breast.

Asiago Cheese
You might recognize Asiago as the topping on your favorite pasta or soup. It has a semi-sweet flavor but is also sharp—which will balance out the mild flavor of the Oven Roasted Turkey Breast.

What Beer?

We recommend pairing an Amber Ale here to add a bit of a fruity taste. If you’re not a fan of more fruity beers a Belgian Ale will typically be a nice blend of spicy and fruity.

See? When you slow down to think about the pairings and the flavors, it all actually makes a lot of sense. If nothing else, you’ll sound really impressive to your friends when you tell them to enjoy some Muenster and some Hickory Smoked Ham with their Pilsner.