I LOVE cheese. I know I seem to say this a lot about all sorts of foods – pulled pork, peanut butter…. But I really do. On my desert island food list it would be cheese, bread, peanut butter, pulled pork sandwiches and vegetables I think.
Obviously drinks would be a whole other list!
Anyway, back to cheese. Almost every time we have friends over, we have a cheese board. I love them as they are easy to whip up and it means people can customise their own little nibble – some like a bit of char-grilled bread and straight cheddar, while others might fancy a halved fig with some quince paste and a smear of blue. Everyone is happy!
There are lots of ways to style a cheese board, I tend to use a mixture of vintage and new boards, knives and bowls but here are some other lovely ways you can pretty-up your cheese offering.
Tip # 1
Choose an interesting board or plate – be it a piece of slate, a marble tile, a cake stand, homemade individual card boards or a simple vintage or modern wooden board.
I collect vintage boards from op shops and garage sales (below left image) but you can also get some really lovely new boards from Country Rd (middle image) or pick up an exquisite vintage french bread board (right image) to really impress your guests.
Tip # 2
Choose some fun accessories.
Use a wooden honey dripper to drizzle salty goats cheeses with honey.
Get some fun markers to let your guests know which cheese is which.
Stamp torn pieces of kraft paper with each cheese type.
Tip # 3
It all about the extras. Well I mean, of course it’s all about the cheese, but then after that, it’s all about the extras.
Salty and sweet work really well together so include some dried or fresh fruit – pears, grapes, figs, apricots and muscatels are all great picks.
Choose a condiment that goes with the cheese – quince paste with manchego, chilli relish with smoked cheddar, fig paste with brie, honeycomb with goats cheese – whatever takes your fancy.
Mix it up on the ‘carrier’ – have a selection of char-grilled and fresh breads, bread sticks, crackers, fruit breads and torn flat breads.
Nuts, olives and cured meats are optional.
I would love to see pics of how you all style your cheese boards so send ’em on in!