So it’s no secret that Shane and I LOVE cheese. We like to sit down at least once a month with a cheeseboard for dinner and just enjoy the different combinations of cheeses (Yup, we’re super unhealthy haha) and we even tried making our own goats cheese at the beginning of the year. So I thought I’d share my favourite way to create the ‘perfect cheeseboard’ with loads of options for mixing things up.
* Have a wide variety of cheeses with different textures and strengths. We like to have around 5-6 to choose from which include a soft garlic and herb cheese such as Boursin, but you can use something like Philadelphia too, a hard or soft Goats Cheese, a Cheddar such as Smoked Applewood, a Smoked Austrian cheese, a soft and gooey cheese like Brie and something fruity (our favourite is Wensleydale with Cranberries, but we love a White Stilton with Apricots too). Depending on if we have guests, we might add a blue cheese, but we personally aren’t too keen on those. A nice one that isn’t so strong in flavour is Gorgonzola if you aren’t so keen on the Stilton’s.
* We love to pair the cheese’s with condiments like chutneys or dressings, salad (like rocket or baby tomatoes) and some chorizo/salami/proscuitto if we’re feeling a little extravagant along with a large selection of crackers and of course some sweet and juicy grapes. We also love a good chilled glass of fruity cider to wash it all down :)
Some of our favourite pairings are:
♥ Garlic & Herb on a digestive biscuit with rocket, baby tomatoes and a sweet red onion chutney
♥ Wensleydale with Cranberries on an Oat or Bran Cracker
♥ Goats Cheese on a Chive Cracker with a drizzle of Honey/sweet Chutney
* It’s always best to take your cheese out of the fridge at least 30 minutes, but preferably an hour before you plan to eat it as the flavours start to intensify compared to cold cheeses which might not taste of as much. You’ll be suprised by the difference it makes!
* If you have guests, it’s always a good idea to label each cheese so everyone knows what they’re eating. I used a chalkboard pen on our slate cheeseboard and it washes off fine. Just be sure to test it on the underside first just incase. If you use a wooden board, you can always make some labels or attach some around the outside instead.
Our ‘Cheese’ Cheeseboard was kindly sent by the lovely guys over at GettingPersonal.co.uk to be featured in a blog post and since Shane and I love our cheese, what better way to enjoy it than with a personalised cheeseboard?! I absolutely love it, and it’s so much better than sitting down with a chopping board between us like we usually do haha! They do loads of other products too, which are perfect for gifts! I’ve already seen a couple that I love!