18 Jan 16

How to create the perfect cheese board this Cheese Lovers Day!

In celebration of National Cheese Lovers Day (20th January – mark it in your diary now!), we’ve pulled together a list of must-know top tips and tricks to create a traditional English cheese board which will undoubtedly meet the cravings of a true cheese addict!

What better way to truly mark the occasion than by creating the ultimate mouth-watering cheese board to impress and entertain cheese lovers in your circle of family and friends?

SELECTING THE IDEAL CHEESE – EMBRACE VARIETY! 

 

When selecting the perfect cheese for your board, truly showcase a selection of mouth-watering creamy delights that feature an array of textures, flavors and aromas.

cheese board selectionMost of the cheese we know and love belong to four main categories – soft, firm, aged and blue. To really wow your guests, choose at least one tastebud tingling cheese from each category.

Here’s some super-yummy suggestions:

Soft – Camembert
Firm – Parmigiano-Reggiano
Aged – Westminster Farmer’s Reserve Cheddar (of course!)
Blue – Stilton

FINDING THE PERFECT CHEESE BOARD PARTNERS…

-Depending on the time of year, an assortment of fresh fruits such as juicy grapes and crunchy apple will work wonders in enhancing your cheese board…and dried fruit will work just as well too! Scatter some dried figs, cherries and pears around the plate for an added sweet kick!

cheese plate-Classic cured meats such as salami and prosciutto, and salty nuts such as pistachios and peanuts bring a charcuterie element to the plate and truly embrace the flavors of the cheese selection. Top tip! Why not try a slice of spicy Spanish chorizo to heat things up a bit?

-Introduce small pots of caramelized onion marmalade, apple chutney, spicy mustards, sweet preserves and of course, honey, to your cheese board for a deliciously delightful addition to your cheesy heaven. You won’t regret it!

-And last but not least, bread! Here’s your chance to really throw your cheese board into the spotlight. Offer bread sticks, crackers, baguettes (any bread that makes you happy!) in an array of textures and tastes that will completely compliment your cheese and condiment selection.

THE ULTIMATE SERVING TIPS

cheese board-Serving plate options – when it comes to arranging the cheese and condiments, bring in a personal touch. A lover of the outdoors? Go rustic with a chunky wooden cheese board, or perhaps you prefer something a little more modern like a strong eye-catching marble plate?

-It’s important that you remove the cheese from the fridge at least an hour before serving your cheese board – if you don’t, the cold mutes the flavor and you won’t receive that mind-blowing taste you truly deserve.

-How will your guests know which cheese is which? This is where labels are a godsend! Instead of repeating the different names of the cheese in your selection all night long, create themed labels with a little sentence about what the cheese offers.

Do you have any cheese board top tips? Let us know in the comments below. We’d love to check them out! And don’t forget to take a look at our dedicated Pinterest board for all your cheese needs! 

Featured image credit: Half Baked Harvest

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