A semi-hard, mild-flavoured French cheese, Port-Salut is made in a flat, round shape about 2-inches thick and 8- to 10- inches in diameter. One Port-Salut cheese usually weighs between 3 and 4 pounds.
The cheese was originally made by Trappist monks of Port-du-Salut for their own consumption. Later production was expanded and the name Port-Salut registered. The cheese is now made in many parts of France.
Port-Salut is best eaten as an after-dinner cheese. It is rarely used in cooking.