Every "Hostess with the Mostest" knows that offering guests a delicious cheese board complements a small dinner party perfectly. We don’t think there’s anyone on the planet that doesn’t enjoy cheese. A wonderful array of cheeses with the right accompaniments makes for an impressive presentation and best of all, is the simplest appetizer to prepare. Spend fewer hours in the kitchen and enjoy quality time with your guests!
However, if you’ve ever stood in the cheese section of any grocery store, you’re aware that creating a fantastic cheese board can be rather intimidating. There are hundreds of cheeses from all over the world and apparently, some of the very best ones smell dreadful!
How can you even begin to narrow it down?
1) The Platter
When creating a cheese board, offer your guests 3 to 5 kinds of cheese so they can experience a variety of flavors and textures. We suggest including at least one familiar type, as well as a more unique cheese.
• Begin with a soft-ripened cheese such as Brie, made from cow’s milk. Its rich flavor and creamy consistency will be sure to inspire their taste buds!
• Experiment with texture by choosing a Comté or a Gruyère. The longer they are aged, the better they are. So, be sure to ask your cheese-monger! With their mild and sweet flavor, these hard cheeses are always crowd pleasers.
• Try the king of blue cheese, Roquefort and savor the punchy and distinct flavor.
• Incorporating goat cheese like Chèvre to your spread will enhance variety and boasts a tart and earthy flavor.
The folks at TheKitchn suggest 1 to 1 ½ ounces of each cheese per person. They advise that if you’re only serving cheese for hors d’oeuvres, factor 1 ½ oz. of each cheese per person. But if you’re providing a large assortment of appetizers, you can estimate less. Similarly, if you’re serving 5 cheeses, round down but for 3 cheeses, round up.• Try the king of blue cheese, Roquefort and savor the punchy and distinct flavor.
Most French people do not serve many sides with their cheeses, apart from the sacred baguette and maybe some grapes. However, we say have fun with the extras!
Cheese boards are like collages by offering the opportunity to be artistic and create a plate that is ripe with color and texture. In addition to a fresh baguette and grapes, you may wish to include nuts, fresh or dried fruits, crackers, jams, and a side of honey. Ignite your imagination!
4) Temperature Matters
Make sure that you take the cheeses out of the fridge at least half an hour before serving. The cold neutralizes the flavor and will ruin the creaminess of your soft cheeses.
5) Serving Tips• Arrange cheeses from the mildest to the strongest. If you want to serve a pungent cheese, place it on a separate plate so it doesn’t overpower more delicate ones.
We’d love to see how your cheese board creations turn out! Please tag us on Instagram with either @couleurnature or @caravanhomedecor. Wishing you many fun gatherings with family and friends. Bon Appetit!