Keep it simple or release all your creative energy! Creating a cheese board can be as simple or as advanced as you like but one thing is for sure – the flavors, aromas, shapes and textures of the delicious cheese will give everybody a great experience. Here are seven tips for arranging and styling your cheese board!
1. SELECTING CHEESES
When you select cheeses for a cheese board think of color, shape and texture. There are several types of cheese – cream cheese, hard cheese and mold cheeses ranging from subtle Brie to a stronger blue mold cheese. It’s a good idea to serve at least three to five different cheeses and choose cheese from each type of cheese category. Always have a mild cheese in your selection in case your guests are not as adventurous as you!
Be creative when arranging your cheese board. Use interesting surfaces like a wooden cutting board, rustic tiles or a dark dish as contrast to the bright colors of the cheeses. Arrange the cheeses from mild to strong.
3. HOW TO CUT YOUR CHEESE
Yellow cheeses and hard cheeses can be cut into triangles, sticks or bricks. Brie can be cut into wedges and blue mold can be cut into squares or wedges depending on the shape. A good tip is to heat up the knife in hot water before cutting the blue cheese. Add a knife or cheese cutter for each cheese so the flavors don’t mix.
4. SERVING SIZES
The amount of cheese each guest eats varies depending on the occasion.
Snack: 3/4 to 1 3/4 oz. per person
Dessert: 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 oz. per person
Lunch: 2 1/2 to 4 1/2 oz. per person
Dinner: 8 3/4 oz. per person
5. SERVING TEMPERATURE
Remove the cheese from the refrigerator 30 minutes before serving. This will bring out the full flavor of the cheese. The color of the blue cheese also intensifies when letting it breathe before serving.
6. PERFECT PAIRINGS
Cheese accompaniments should complement and not compete with the flavor of the cheese. Therefore, choose neutral accompaniments such as crackers, crisps or bread with a rustic crust. Apples, pears and berries always work well with cheese and provide a colorful touch to the cheese board. Try roasted hazelnuts and a little maple syrup for a sweet touch. Celery, dried fruit, cherries or grapes are excellent matches for a blue cheese.
7. CHEESE AND WINE
Cheeses are as unique and complex as wine and a cheese can even bring out the best in a wine. Always taste the cheese and then the wine; this gives you the best taste experience. For tangy cheeses such as goat cheese, choose a fresh wine made from Sauvignon Blanc grapes. Average strong hard cheeses and salty cheeses such as blue mold and hard aged cheeses go well with a glass of port.