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Blog#2 - Making the perfect and easy cheese board

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..


Step 1

Pick a marble cheese board that you adore

Step 2

Add cheese


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.

Milk Sources

Cow, sheep, goat, combination, etc

Textures

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

Flavors

Similarly, cheese comes in different strength - from mild to stinky

Colors

The majority of the cheese is pale yellow but there are some orange cheese and some with other ingredients like mushroom inside the cheese

Shapes

Round, rectangular, triangle etc – it adds character to the cheese board



Step 3

Add salty foods

Charcuterie

· Prosciutto, Coppa, Jamon iberico, Mortadella,

Salami, Soppressata, Speck, and pate or terrine

Olives

· 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


Nuts

· Marcona almonds, Candied walnuts/pecans, Pistachios


Step 4

Add sweet foods

Fresh fruits & Dried fruits


Step 5

Add some crackers & bread

Crackers (original, rosemary, roasted garlic) Toasts, Breadsticks, Baguettes



Step 6

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



Step 7

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!

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