How to Assemble a Stunning Holiday Cheeseboard
Posted by: Marisa Curatolo
Company’s coming! So, let’s create a cheeseboard they won’t forget. What I LOVE the most about cheeseboards is that they never disappoint your guests and it appears as if you’ve spent oodles of time fussing about placement and ingredients. The cheeseboard I created is very easy to assemble and is visually stunning.
A general of rule-of-thumb is to include one hard or one aged cheese, a soft cheese and a fresh or creamy cheese. Since this is a winter-inspired board, I decided to forgo using fresh cheese and instead added two hard cheeses and an aged white cheddar.
You will need to pick up a few ingredients, all of which are available at your local grocery store:
- Bothwell Cheese varieties: Medium Cheddar, Extra Old Cheddar, Black Truffle Monterey Jack, Smoked Parmesan, and Edam (selections may vary by store)
- Pumpkin seeds
- Fresh and dried fruit – grapes, pears and dates
- One type of gourmet cracker – I used Lesley Stowe raincoast crisps
- Maple syrup and raspberry jam for sweetness, or orange marmalade and blueberry preserve
What you will need to pull it together:
- A large wooden cutting board
- Small wooden board
- Small white serving bowls
- Patterned saucer for condiments — mine is from the thrift store
- Assorted teaspoons, for the condiments – these elements will help add some layering and make your cheeseboard look more interesting
Assemble food items on your large cutting board. You can also add a smaller board in the centre of the large board to add some extra height to your display.
Start with the largest piece of cheese and place it off-centre of the board. Slice the Extra Old Cheddar and place on a patterned plate. Cut the block of Smoked Parmesan cheese diagonally – this makes the cheese look bigger, and shows off the beautiful smoked edges. Add the remaining cheese varieties, leaving a bit of space between each one.
Now add the finishing touches. Position your condiment bowls beside two cheeses of your choice. Then, fill gaps between cheeses with crackers, grapes, sliced pears, pumpkin seeds and walnuts. Add cheese knives and spoons for serving the condiments. Also feel free to add festive accessories.
If you’re making your cheeseboard ahead of time, cover it with a moist paper towel and place it in the refrigerator. When you are ready to serve, take your cheese board out and let sit at room temperature for least 30 minutes prior to serving. Cheese that is too cold can feel dry to the tongue and the cold temperature can dull the flavour.
The most important rule when creating a cheeseboard is to have fun with it!
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