Home-made cheese boards are so popular when you have a bunch of people invited for special occasions, so regarding the upcoming holidays. In this Cheese Board Guide, I share some tips about what to consider when you create your cheese selection, select the bread and crackers and other garnishes.

The basic cheese types

You can start with 3 types of cheeses up to a bountiful selection consider these types of cheeses as great elements of your cheese boards.

  • Soft - soft goats cheese, mozzarella
  • Soft rind - Brie, Camembert
  • Semi-hard - Cheddar, Guryére, Port Salut
  • Hard - Parmesan, Pecorino, Mimolette, Comté
  • Bleu - Roquefort, Gorgonzola
  • Flavored

What else to add?

We would like to present various textures, colours, and flavours to boost the experience, so add more or less from the following list:

  • Salty
  • Charcuterie: cured ham, salami
  • Pickles, olives
  • Nuts: walnut, pecan, almond, pistachios
  • Sweet
  • Fruits: stone fruits, grapes, fig
  • Dry fruits: raisins. dates, apricot
  • Carbs
  • Crackers, grissini
  • Sourdough, ciabatta, baguette
  • Spreads and Dips
  • Chutney, jam
  • Honey, honeycomb
  • Pesto, tapenade
  • Wine
  • The classics are Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
  • Have a chat with your winery will advise you to select the best according to the chosen cheeses.

How to create your own selection?

  • How to choose?
  • Specific country or region: France, Britain, Italy...
  • One type of milk: cow, sheep, goat...
  • You can mix the regions and milk types as well, according to your preferences.
  • Talk to your cheesemonger, you will not only learn about your selected cheeses but you might have the chance to try some, that you haven't even considered.
  • Buy whole blocks instead of pre-sliced ones.
  • Take the cheeses out of the fridge an hour before serving them, they give the best flavour experience at room temperature.
  • Break the bigger pieces, it feels inviting for them, if your guests wouldn't have to cut into the whole camembert for example. Add cheese knives and spreaders.
  • Arrange them in order, clockwise, from mild to aromatic, soft to hard end with blue and suggest your guests to follow this for the best experience.
Cheese Board - Photo by © Reka Csulak

Cheese Board - Photo by © Reka Csulak

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