What to Put on a Cheese Board: Pairings and Tips for a Great Cheese Platter
Would you like to make a refined aperitif for your friends? Thinking of an unforgettable wine and cheese tasting? Here are some suggestions for a cheese board that your guests will remember for a long time!
Would you like to make a refined aperitif for your friends? Thinking of an unforgettable wine and cheese tasting? Here are some suggestions for a cheese board that your guests will remember for a long time! Its impossible to tell you the best cheese for tasting, but we can suggest you some criteria for a perfect selection.
How to select the cheeses?
Fresh, aged, soft, hard, smooth, grainy... Opt for cheeses with different textures and types of milk, or propose a narrow selection. A cheese board worthy of the name should include a good variety of cheeses or, on the contrary, a restricted and reasoned selection. Variety may relate to the type of milk (cow / sheep / goat), the consistency or the place of origin (Italy / Spain / USA). You can mix different cheeses with no fear!
International cheese board
Create a tasting with cheeses from different countires, each one bearing special characteristics reflecting the place's personality. Looking for an idea? Here it is our suggestions:
- La Marotte (French cheese);
- Manchego (Spanish cheese);
- Killeen Goat Gouda (Irish cheese);
- Pecorino di Filiano (Italian cheese).
Serve at least one piece of each type.
Different textures on the board
Try to create variations from fresh, soft and creamy to aged and hard cheeses, highlighting styles, textures, aspects and different types of milk, in order to create an appealing presentation and offer a wide range of flavors. For instance, you could combine:
- a fresh cheese (Stracchino);
- a soft creamy cheese (Quadricapra, Italian goat cheeese);
- a semi-firm cheese (Lou Bren, French sheep cheese);
- a hard cheese (Devon Oke, English hard cheese).
Opting for a single taste
If you prefer to focus on a single taste, offer the same cheese at various levels of seasoning (for example, Parmigiano Reggiano aged 2, 3 or 4 years). Or serve cheeses from a single manufacturer, a single region or a single family (eg, only blue cheeses, or only cheeses by a single affineur like Luigi Guffanti, and so on).
How to arrange the cheeses on the board
You can decide to place the cheeses on the board in a circle or in a row. To allow your guests to enjoy them fully, arrange the cheeses according to their flavor, starting from the most delicate up to the strongest ones. Following this policy, if the cutting board is arranged clockwise, the first most delicate cheese should be placed at 12. You should always communicate your decision to your guests.
Finally, remember that fruit, jams, whine and honey can enhance the flavor of cheese. Use your fantasy and create great fruit and cheese plate ideas.Yet, it is important to make the right pairing or the result will be catastrophic. Therefore, follow our tips on cheese pairings!