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Your guide to cheese boards

Cheese boards

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Curling up with a little brie, a little gouda, and a glass of wine is among my favourite things in life. I adore the multitude of ways cheese can be paired and cooked; but I’m also not opposed to slicing up a block and eating it sans vehicle.

Indulging in cheese boards is perfect for a party, or for a solo night in. Whatever the circumstances, here’s your guide to a charming assemblage of cheese!

Cheese boards

Photo by Natalie Serafini.

You will need:

  • A board: marble or wood are preferred, but whatever surface you can scrounge together is more than fine.
  • Crackers and/or bread.
  • Olives and/or gherkins.
  • Fruit.
  • A compote or jelly.
  • Nuts (I prefer walnuts or almonds).
    • At least three types of cheese:
      – A soft cheese, like a brie or camembert
      – A hard cheese, like a cheddar
      – A strong cheese, like a blue cheese or gouda
Cheese boards

Photo by Natalie Serafini.

Separate your sweets and savouries to make sure they don’t pre-mingle. Pull out your fancy ramekins for gherkins and olives. Slice your fruit in advance, and put it on a board with any jelly or nuts. Get creative with how you display your cheese and accoutrements, or keep it simple and let people have at it; the food won’t remain untouched long, anyways!

Cheese boards are adaptable, so you can make them your own. I don’t eat meat, but if you do add some little slices of prosciutto. Choose from stone fruit, figs, apples, grapes, and berries. As the finishing touch, select a good drink for pairing. I’m no sommelier, but a good red wine is always a primo vino choice with cheese.

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