Updated: Dec 1, 2020
It’s easy to make a beautiful cheese board to entertain your guests and friends!
Here are some quick guides to creating a well-balanced cheese board that everyone will delight..
Pick a marble cheese board that you adore
The important criteria for a great marble cheese board is to have different types of milk sources, textures, flavors, colors and shapes.
Display the cheese in a clockwise direction, from soft to hard, and end with blue cheese.
Cow, sheep, goat, combination, etc
Cheese comes in different textures – soft, semi-soft, semi-hard, hard, crumbly
· Fresh cheese – moist, creamy, and mild. Eg Burrata, Chevre (goat), Feta, Mozzarella
· Bloomy – rind soft cheese, buttery, creamy, and mushroomy. Eg Camembert, Champignon, Brillat-Savarin, La Tur, double/triple-crème Brie, Humboldt Fog (goat)
· Semi-soft cheese - pliable, mellow, and earthy. Eg Fontina, Midnight moon (goat), Marbier, P’tit Basque (sheep)
· Aged/Firm cheese – dry, savory, and caramel-y. Eg Aged Gouda, Clothbound Cheddar, Parmigiano-Reggiano, Piave
· Blue cheese – Pungent. Eg Cambozola, Gorgonzola, Roquefort, Stilton
Similarly, cheese comes in different strength - from mild to stinky
The majority of the cheese is pale yellow but there are some orange cheese and some with other ingredients like mushroom inside the cheese
Round, rectangular, triangle etc – it adds character to the cheese board
Add salty foods
· Prosciutto, Coppa, Jamon iberico, Mortadella,
Salami, Soppressata, Speck, and pate or terrine
· Castelvetrano olives, Cerignola olives, and stuffed olives.
· Some olives are wet, so we will keep them in small bowls and we can also save it for later
· Marcona almonds, Candied walnuts/pecans, Pistachios
Add sweet foods
Fresh fruits & Dried fruits
Add some crackers & bread
Crackers (original, rosemary, roasted garlic) Toasts, Breadsticks, Baguettes
Add some spreads/condiments
You can totally go with or without spreads/condiments. It’s just fun with more varieties of colors and textures.
· Cornichons – great with meats
· Fig jam – goes well with both sweet and savory
· Honey – drizzle on blue cheese and goat cheese
· Preserves – up to you! Anything you have in your pantry
· Tapenade – adds nice saltiness
· Whole grain mustard – great with sausages and meats
Pick your wines
Final Tips for your beautiful marble cheese board
· Serve with cheese knives and spreaders
· Cheese is best served at room temperature. Remove cheese from the refrigerator about 30 minutes before serving
· Display some of the cheese as whole, in different shapes..
· Enjoy and have a Blast!