Unveiling Delights: French Cheese Recipes for a Joyous Ramadan Dinner

by Maison Morand

In the soft glow of lanterns and the soothing melody of prayers, the festive atmosphere of Iftar unfolds each evening during the holy month of Ramadan. As families gather around tables adorned with an array of delectable dishes, there is a shared desire for unique and satisfying meals that can be commendable for generations to commune.

Picture the Iftar experience where the norm of replenishment at dusk welcomes the aromatic spices and the medley of sophisticated French cheese recipes. The delicate textures and nuanced flavors of these cheeses elevate the palate, creating a harmonious symphony of tastes that linger long after the last prayer has been said.

Embark on this culinary odyssey to discover the essence of French cheese recipes that will adorn your table for a joyous Ramadan dinner. Let the creamy decadence of Brie mingle with the aromatic spices of traditional dishes, as the piquancy of Roquefort adds a bold and memorable note to your Iftar spread. The subtle complexities of Camembert, paired with Middle Eastern delights, create a dining experience that is both sophisticated and rooted in tradition.

A Culinary Journey

Iftar preparations manifest with the auspicious occasion to feast considerably regarding the festive frame. Hence, the meal preparations at dusk require a finesse meeting due diligence, creativity and luscious French cheese recipes that mark Middle Eastern cuisine for its palate diversity. Here are a few recipes that showcase a hearty Ifar meal where French cheeses are crowned the jewel of the 3-course.

Light & Refreshing Appetizers: Brie and Grape Bruschetta



  • 1 baguette, sliced into ½-inch thick pieces
  • 200g Maison Morand Brie cheese, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup fresh grapes, halved
  • 3 tablespoons honey


  1. Preheat your oven broiler or toaster oven.
  2. Place baguette slices on a baking sheet and toast under the broiler for 1-2 minutes, or until lightly golden.
  3. Take the toasted baguette slices out and immediately top each slice with a thin slice of Maison Morand Brie.
  4. Add a few grape halves on top of the Brie on each slice.
  5. Drizzle honey over the bruschettas.
  6. Place the topped baguette slices back under the broiler for an additional 1-2 minutes until the Brie begins to melt.
  7. Remove from the oven, and serve immediately.

Ramadan Alignment: This appetiser is quick to prepare, making it suitable for busy Ramadan evenings. The sweetness of grapes and honey adds a touch of natural sweetness, providing a delightful start to the meal.

Variations/Substitutions: You can experiment with different types of honey or add a sprinkle of chopped nuts (like walnuts or pistachios) for extra crunch.

Elegant Main Course: Four-Cheese Ravioli with Cheese Sauce



  • 1 package (about 400g) four-cheese ravioli
  • 1 cup Maison Morand Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 cup Maison Morand Gruyère cheese, grated
  • 1 cup Maison Morand Emmental cheese, grated
  • 1 cup Maison Morand Camembert cheese, rind removed and diced
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Cook the four-cheese ravioli according to the package instructions. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt the butter.
  3. Add the heavy cream and bring to a simmer.
  4. Gradually add in the Maison Morand Parmesan, Gruyère, Emmental, and Camembert cheeses, stirring continuously until melted.
  5. Stir in the freshly grated nutmeg, salt, and pepper to taste.
  6. Add the cooked ravioli to the sauce and gently toss until well coated.
  7. Serve immediately, garnishing with additional Parmesan if desired.

Ramadan Alignment: This main course offers a rich and satisfying dish, perfect for breaking the fast. The creamy and indulgent nature of the ravioli aligns with the spirit of celebration during Ramadan.

Variations/Substitutions: Consider adding sautéed spinach or mushrooms for added flavour and nutrients. 

Decadent Desserts: Chèvre Cheesecake with Citrus Compote



For the Cheesecake:

  • 2 cups Maison Morand Chèvre cheese, softened
  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Citrus Compote:

  • 1 cup mixed citrus fruits (oranges, grapefruits, and/or lemons), peeled and segmented
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • Zest of one citrus fruit


For the Cheesecake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F (163°C).
  2. Mix graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, and sugar in a bowl. Press the mixture into the base of a springform pan to create the crust.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat the Maison Morand Chèvre cheese until smooth.
  4. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in vanilla extract.
  5. Pour the Chèvre mixture over the crust in the springform pan.
  6. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until the centre is set.
  7. Allow the cheesecake to cool to room temperature before refrigerating for at least 4 hours or overnight.

For the Citrus Compote:

In a saucepan, combine citrus segments, sugar, water, and citrus zest.

Simmer over medium heat until the sugar dissolves and the mixture thickens slightly (about 10-12 minutes).

Allow the compote to cool before serving over the chilled Chèvre cheesecake.

Ramadan Alignment: The tangy Chèvre cheesecake with citrus compote offers a refreshing and light ending to a meal, perfect for Ramadan when a balance of flavours is appreciated after a day of fasting.

Variations/Substitutions: Experiment with different citrus fruits based on personal preferences. You can also add a touch of honey or a sprinkle of cinnamon to the citrus compote for additional depth of flavour.

Beyond the Recipe

For the Brie and Grape Bruschetta appetisers, consider starting the evening with a glass of the suggested cucumber and mint-infused water, which will cleanse the palate and prepare guests for a delightful meal. The light and refreshing nature of the drink will complement the sweet and savoury notes of the bruschetta, creating a harmonious balance.

Moving on to the Four-Cheese Ravioli with Pecorino Alfredo Sauce, a date-infused drink or a fragrant French tea, like chamomile, would also serve as a suitable pairing as the meal progresses. The warmth of the tea or the sweetness of the date-infused drink will complement the richness of the four cheeses – Parmesan, Gruyère, Emmental, and Camembert – in the ravioli, while the nutmeg in the Alfredo sauce adds a subtle complexity. The roasted vegetables or couscous sides provide a textural and flavourful contrast to the creamy ravioli, completing the main course with a well-rounded experience.

  • Presentation Elegance
  • To elevate the dining experience, blend traditional Ramadan elements with a touch of French sophistication in your table setting. Incorporate elegant tablecloths, fine china, and gold accents to create a luxurious atmosphere. Place traditional Ramadan lanterns or candles alongside French floral arrangements for a harmonious fusion of cultures.

    When it comes to serving platters, opt for elegant French cheese boards or marble slabs to showcase the variety of French cheeses. Arrange the bites with artful precision, allowing guests to savour the visual appeal before indulging in the culinary delights. Use separate platters for each course, presenting the appetisers, main course, and dessert with a distinct charm.

    Garnishes play a crucial role in enhancing the aesthetic appeal of the dishes. Sprinkle edible flowers over the cheesecake for a pop of colour and delicate fragrance. Fresh herbs like mint or basil can be strategically placed on serving platters to add a burst of freshness. Dried fruits, such as apricots or figs, serve both as garnishes and complementary elements to the French cheese dishes, contributing to a visually enticing and memorable dining experience that reflects the fusion of cultures.

    A Taste of French Hospitality

    Where each day passes to a close, a sentimental breaking of fast is steadfastly met by perseverance to appear at the dinner table during sunset. The allure of French and Middle Eastern hospitality embarks on a common thread of conviviality and collaboration of flavours, textures and cuisines that make this blessed month even more coveted. As you prepare Mediterranean fusion for the daily breaking of fast, the culinary tapestry is indelible in the vast array of cheese recipes available, making each meal different and more nuanced than the rest. 

    As you embark on this culinary adventure, we encourage you to bring these recipes to life in your own kitchen. Experiment with the flavours, share your creations with loved ones and make this Ramadan a celebration of gourmet experiences. Capture the moments of delight as you break fast with these exquisite dishes, and don't forget to explore the Maison Morand website for more inspiration on incorporating premium French cheeses into your culinary repertoire.

    Let the joy of fasting judiciously during Ramadan become a staple in our daily lifestyle, where we combine the opportune platter of French cheese classics as a prime dinner piece for Iftar sessions. Where each French cheese has its reflective, discerning palate, the beauty of French and Middle Eastern dining results in a vast array of French cheese recipes catered to your tastes.

    Whether it be an impromptu roast, garnished wonders or baked cheesy goods, French and Middle Eastern cuisine is the perfect smorgasbord choice that complements a part of joyous Ramadan dinners. 

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