You want to make a delicious cheese board spread for your holiday guests (we totally understand, we love cheese too!) but, the problem is, you feel pretty overwhelmed when you peruse your local grocers cheese cases. There are so many options! What to pick? What goes together? No worries, we’ve got just the thing to help you out. Here is a handy guide that lists the essentials of a tasty and varied cheese board. It breaks everything down into flavor/texture categories, and you can pick and choose your favs!
The Five “Types” of Cheese: Choose 3-5 cheeses, each one from a different category. This will ensure that you get a nice range of flavors and textures on your cheese board. This variety will encourage your guests to try new flavors and new pairings. Food is an adventure, and you want your guests to have an awesome experience!
Funky: Blue Cheese, Gorgonzola, Stilton
Fresh: Chevre, mozzarella
Nutty: Aged Gouda, Gruyere, Jarlsberg
Sharp: Aged Havarti, Sharp Cheddar
Creamy: Brie, Camembert
Accompaniments/Extras: Cheese is tasty on its own (of course!) but it’s even more exciting to have a variety of accompaniments to pair with things! It will add an element of fun when your guests can try different combos and share their favorites.
Sweet: Dried fruits such as figs, apricots, cherries
Crunchy: Marcona Almonds, walnuts
Tangy: Balsamic glaze
Cheese Vehicle: crusty bread, pitas, a variety of crackers
Creamy factor: compote or fruit/vegetable spread of your choice
Elevate the Board: So now you’ve got some cheese and some awesome accompaniments. You can take it one step further and add an umami flavor to the board by adding a meat product. Try adding a prosciutto, soppressata, salami, or a dried sausage.
Drink Pairings/Offerings: Depending on who you ask, you will get wildly different answers on what wines and beers to pair with cheese. The biggest thing you need to remember is if you enjoy the wine/cheese combo, then it’s a good pairing! Just be sure to offer a white wine, a red wine, and a beer or two. Then you'll be sure to have something everyone will enjoy.