There’s something special about a well put together cheese board. Salty, sweet & savory while mixing crunchy & soft textures – a good cheese board brings all of these elements to the table. The thing I love most about cheese boards is how they are quick to pull together while at the same time looking super impressive. Cheese boards are so much more than a spread of appetizers – they are pretty enough to be a centerpiece and a conversation starter as well.
Whether you are creating a cheese board to share with someone special or you are looking for an appetizer spread to serve before a holiday feast, I’m going to share some tips on how to build a cheese cheese board that will deliver in any season.
Always select cheeses from different families with different textures: choose creamy, semi-firm, and hard cheeses for balance – three or four different cheeses should make for a simple but compelling board. Consider incorporating cheeses made from different kinds of milk as well: goat, cow and sheep, for example. Allow about 3 oz of cheese per person when considering how much cheese you’ll need.
Its not all about the cheese, the complimenting ingredients are what will make your cheese selections shine. Bring crunch to your cheese board with crackers and nuts. Balance the salty & savory flavors with the sweetness of honey & candied nuts. Compliment your spread with fresh ingredients like castelvetrano olives and sliced seasonal fruits.
Whenever I build a cheese board I want it to be a reflection of the season – in the winter, I choose pears, persimmons & pomegranates. In the fall you could choose grapes, dates & figs – stone fruits would be lovely in the summer, while strawberries & apricots would be perfect in the spring.
A beautifully put together cheeseboard is a feast for the eyes, so arranging your ingredients strategically for presentation is an important element to keep in mind. Scatter different ingredients around the cheese to let your guests mix & match their pairings. I love to utilize fresh greenery like rosemary sprigs or olive branches to garnish my cheeseboards for a gorgeous display.
Set out your cheeses at least 30 minutes to an hour before serving. This will allow them to come to room temperature which brings out the full flavor of the cheeses. All of the other ingredients can be set up ahead of time as well, except for the fresh fruit slices, they should be sliced and set out just before serving.
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