One of the easiest dishes to prepare while still implementing unquestionable wow factor, the cheese board is without a doubt a popular choice among guests who favour a more savoury dessert or someone who likes a light bite with their glass of wine. Cheese has always been a fan favourite and something that can be altered and changed to suit what you feel your guests will like, varying it between stronger cheeses to milder classics and pairing with different types of crackers and condiments. If you’re interesting in creating this mouth-watering dish, follow these steps to create the perfect (and Instagram worthy!) cheese board to add to your menu!
Step 1: Choose Your Cheese
This is the main event – choosing the cheese for your board is the most difficult part. In order to impress your guests and have varied options on your cheese board, we recommend choosing cheeses from different milk sources – cows, goats & sheep – while also varying the texture including soft, semi-soft & hard cheeses. There’s a wide range of cheese to choose from so make sure to have a large amount of semi-hard cheeses and choose at least 1 (or more!) from each other category.
Semi-hard cheeses: Gruyère, Comté, Cheddar, Manchego, aged Gouda.
Hard cheeses: Parmigiano-Reggiano, Pecorino Romano, Grana Padano, aged Manchego.
Soft-ripened cheeses: Brie, Camembert, Cambazola.
Blue cheeses: Stilton, Gorgonzola.
Semisoft cheeses: Young Gouda, Havarti, Fontina.
Fresh, creamy cheeses : Goat cheese (chèvre), ricotta, fromage blanc.
Washed-rind cheeses: Limburger, Taleggio, Epoisses de Bourgogne.
Step 2: Design Your Presentation
An essential part of the current digital age is not only creating tasty dishes, but making sure your presentation is on point so your guests will want to share online! This is no different with your cheese board! The nicer it looks, the more likely your guests will post on their social media accounts and hopefully entice new customers to visit. For designing your cheese board, a display board is essential and there’s a wide range you can choose from such as wooden, marble or slate. A classic would be to choose a wooden display board, such as our Widhu Round Wooden Display Board which you can shop HERE. When arranging your chosen cheeses on your board don’t worry or fuss about empty spaces as we can fill these up with your other pairings. It’s important to ensure you take the harder cheese out of the fridge at least one hour before serving to your guests, with the softer cheese only needing half an hour. This is to ensure that melt in the mouth experience and for easy cutting!
Step 3: Pick The Pairings
I think that most cheese lovers will agree that sometimes the best way to enjoy it is stand-alone, but it’s always nice when designing a cheese board to add some extras to help compliment the different tastes that you have on offer and to easily enjoy the softer cheeses. A variety of crackers and breads always go down well to pair with your cheese and keeping them to simple flavours such as neutral crackers for the harder cheeses and a farmhouse baguette for the soft ones.
Step 4: Add Those Extras!
While now your board is full of different types of cheeses and crackers and breads, it’s time to add those little extra items to top of the flavour and help to add colour to your platter. A good option to add some sweet to your majority savoury dish would be fruit such as grapes or apples. In contrast to this, you can also add olives, red onion marmalade, and tapenade - maybe even cured meats such as pepperoni, salami and prosciutto! From here, fill any empty space on your chosen board with nuts such as almonds, pistachios, walnuts or pecans. For an extra special touch, why not ensure to include the right utensils? Check out the perfect cheese knife online here.
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