It’s the perfect start or end to any meal – you really can’t go wrong with a good cheeseboard!
Yes, that’s right. Just seven easy steps will make your DIY cheeseboard the crowning glory of any meal.
Step 1: A good cheeseboard all starts with the board – the vehicle for success. A large, flat board really helps set the tone for a good cheeseboard. The bigger the board, the more room there is for the good stuff!
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Step 2: This is the most important part: the cheese! Go for a selection of cheeses with varying textures, shapes and sizes. Cut hard cheeses into bite-size morsels for added convenience. For optimal cheese factor, opt for one soft cheese (brie, camembert or gorgonzola), one hard cheese (mature cheddar, parmesan or smoked gouda) and one ‘exciting’ cheese (ash-coated goat’s cheese or flavour-infused cheese). Pro tip: Always serve cheese at room temperature – this brings out the flavour of each cheese, which makes for better eat
Step 3: Add charcuterie for a meaty indulgence or veggies for a fresh vegetarian flare. Cut (or fold) your meat selection or veggies in different ways (this will help keep things exciting and visually pleasing).
Step 4: Dress the board with bread and crackers, which both serve important purposes on a cheeseboard: cheese carriers and budget-friendly bulkers, as well as crunch factor – texture is everything, and this really distinguishes a brag-worthy cheeseboard from an average one.
Step 5: It’s time for fruits, nuts and olives. These serve to cut the creamy richness of the cheeses, in addition to adding a little extra crunch. Remember to keep the fruit seasonal and in bite-sized pieces. Scatter the fruit, nuts and olives around the board – it should be looking full and inviting at this stage!
Step 6: Garnish the board with edible flowers or greens like rocket or fresh herbs for added cheeseboard wow factor. This will add a beautiful pop of colour
Step 7: Condiments – we’re all for the convenience of store-bought, just make sure you empty them into little bowls for some added finesse. Condiments should always complement your cheese selection, but never steal the show! Anything from honey, jam and preserves to maldon salt or pickled vegetables goes!
That’s it! Time to tuck in and enjoy. But don’t forget to take a photo of the masterpiece first, such beauty should always be documented.
Here’s to cheese and getting through the rest of 2020 with one spectacular cheeseboard at a time!