The truth is I do a lot of cheese, I talk about cheese, I think about cheese, I eat the cheese but most of all I love sharing cheese. And it is so simple to do and impresses everyone!! This is how I do my cheeseboards…
I don’t worry too much about having a whole range of smelly cheeses. A lot of articles online will tell you “the rules” of a cheese board and the importance of having certain variations of cheeses but you know what rules are made to be broken. Pick cheeses you like. I like to start with a vintage cheddar, something creamy like Brie and Camembert and I do like a bit of blue cheese but it’s not for everyone. I like to cut the harder cheeses to make it very easy to eat once it is served.
Because you know I’m all about that base, no, no, no I am all about the cheese! However other people like crackers. I like to serve a selection of oatcakes, saltine crackers and homemade bread. These can be straight on the board or placed on a separate plate.
Adding something salty gives a good contrast to the creamy flavours of the cheese. I love olives almost as much as cheese but if they aren’t your bag you can choose salted nuts, anchovies, pretzels or even crisps or tortilla chips.
I am luckily surrounded by some very good chutney and jelly makers. A good sweet chutney can lift the cheese to the next level. My mum has made this Gluttony relish each year from her large apple crop in Autumn.
For something crunchy I go to apples, I love apples and cheese. At this time of year, I have an abundance of homegrown apples which I slice thinly so they sit on top of the cheese on a cracker. Of course, pears are another choice and they compliment stilton or blue cheese so well.
Your ensemble can be arranged on many different surfaces, a platter, a wooden board, a slate or my Impressed Cheeseboard. The Impressed Cheeseboard comes in Midnight Flora, Blue Deco, Green Seeds and Ruby Damask each bringing a different colour an texture to your arrangement. I also have a range of plates and platters which compliment the cheeseboards. I like to place a linen napkin or runner beneath the board so when we are done eating I can lift all and the crumbs in one go and we can carry on socialising without a cheesy mess.