Is there anything better to set out at a party than a cheese board? We think not! The variety of the flavors that live on a well-crafted cheese board will excite your guests’ senses, while the casual service of it encourages mingling. It’s perfect for any cocktail or appetizer hour.
The trick to putting together a truly wonderful board is to vary the tastes and textures on it, and not just any old cheese combination will do. Below are all of the elements you need to create a rave-worthy cheese board for your next party.
When it comes to the star of your cheese board, variety will be the name of the game. Varying flavors and textures will keep everyone’s taste buds excited. Choose a hard cheese such as parmigiano-reggiano to sit across from a soft goat cheese. Choose a mild brie to sit across from a heady gorgonzola. Be sure to purchase quality cheeses, and skip on flavored cheeses; buffalo cheese spread has no place on a gourmet cheese board.
As far as quantity, we recommend serving to four-five quality cheeses.
Figs, sweet grapes, thin pear slices, honey spreads and preserves are a must on your cheese plate. The sweetness of these accompaniments provides a brilliant contrast to the saltiness of the cheeses, guaranteeing a wonderfully flavorful experience.
The Salty and Savory
On the opposite end of sweet, salty and savory are also staples in a great cheese board. Savory truffle spreads and chutney across from a variety of olives and cured meats will add the perfect options for picking and pairing. And, of course crackers and a sliced baguette will complete the board perfectly.
Cheers to That!
Take your party to the next level by providing wines that pair well with each of the cheeses you have chosen to serve. If you’re serving a parmigiano-reggiano, offer a Chianti. Have a sharp aged cheddar on your board? Open a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon. Serve brie with a chilled Chardonnay.
Wine, cheese and hand-selected accompaniments means a delicious experience for all- and what better way to warm everyone’s hearts? Enjoy!