There is nothing like a good cheese board to pick at and enjoy! I love all the mixed flavors paired with a glass of red! One of my absolute favorite things to indulge in and from my experience ALWAYS a crowd pleaser!
The other great thing I love about cheese boards is they are perfect for entertaining and really do not require much effort to put together!
I wanted to give you a quick rundown on how to make a delicious cheese board for your guests and how to spruce it up with some fresh garden herbs. Your fragrant garden herbs can really bring a cheese board to life and lets be honest there is always extra herbs in the garden! My favorites to add are lavender, chive and dill blossoms for a pop of color and unique flavor!
TIPS: I like to select 2 to 8 (depending on how large of a board you are making) different cheeses for variety. Making sure there is plenty to pair with whatever one is drinking that evening whether it be white or red. I like to make sure I have a variety of soft and hard cheeses, mild and strong cheeses as well as a cream spread or two.
Your probably assuming this is going to be some fancy complex post about wine and cheese pairing but I am keeping it pretty basic. So grab your glass of wine and keep reading!
Hard cheeses: Cheddar, Parmesan, or Gouda
Soft cheeses: Brie, Camembert, or Goat cheese
Spreadable: Gournay, Cream cheese, or Pimento cheese
Crackers – a variety of crackers
French Baguette- sliced buttered and toasted (DON’T SKIP THIS!)
Meat: Salami, prosciutto, pancetta, turkey, or ham
Vegetables: cherry tomatoes, asparagus, radishes or brussels sprouts,
Herbs: Any fresh herbs will do
Fruit: strawberries and grapes
Nuts: Any will do
Extras: Honeycomb, roasted garlic, jams and jellies, chutney, mustard, capers,
Cheese board and cheese knifes
Yields: one cheese board
There is no wrong way to put together a cheese board. I like to lay all my cheeses first then fill in the gaps with the other ingredients and garnish with fresh herbs and edible blossoms like in the picture above and enjoy!