The ultimate festive cheese board
A mouthwatering cheese board is with no doubt the perfect way to end a day of festive celebrations. At Westminster, we’ve pulled together our favorite tips to help you create the ultimate festive cheese boards your family and friends will love.
Selecting your cheeses
The best s are the ones that showcase a selection of mouth-watering textures, flavors and aromas. Most of the cheese we know and love belong to four main categories; soft, firm, aged and blue. To really wow your guests this Christmas, 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
Blue – Stilton
The perfect cheese board partners
An assortment of fresh fruits and nuts such as juicy grapes and walnuts 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!
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?
The chutneys are sure to come out over the Christmas period and those that go well with festive meats will also pair well with cheese. Introduce small pots of caramelized onion marmalade, apple chutney, spicy mustards, sweet preserves or of course, honey, to your cheese board for a deliciously delightful addition to your cheesy heaven. You won’t regret it!
Accompany your cheese board with a good artisan bread, crackers, biscuit or breadstick. An array of textures and tastes is sure to compliment your cheese and condiment selection.
Tips for laying out your festive cheese board
When it comes to setting out your cheese board, don’t be shy to wow your guests with presentation! Use a nice big wooden board or piece of granite to act as your after dinner showstopper.
Let’s talk about space; it’s important to leave enough room between your cheeses. This will not only make each piece easier to cut, but give the harder cheeses room to breath and softer cheeses space to spread out.
It’s always nice for your guests if you label your cheeses, so they know what they’re trying. It’s also a good idea to number your cheeses with little flags to guide anyone going from mild to strong.
Don’t serve your cheese straight from the fridge. It’s always best to serve your cheeses at room temperature and you can do this by bringing them out 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. Be careful not yo put cheeses in a room that’s too hot for too long to prevent them drying out.
Do you have any festive cheese board top tips? We’d love to check them out! Don’t forget to take a look at our recipes for all your cheese needs!