Pro tips for the perfect cheese board
Looking for ways to impress your guests this holiday season without making a big investment of time or energy? Making a cheese board like a pro is easy when following this step-by-step guide from BriarPatch Food Co-op.
Select diverse tastes, textures, colors and flavors from the Co-op’s bulk, produce, sliced meat and cheese sections — don’t be afraid to be creative and go a little wild.
First, choose a variety of cheeses: cow, goat, sheep, soft, aged, blue, etc.
Next, place accompaniments next to cheeses they pair well with. For example, candied pecans and pears go well with Gjetost goat cheese and pears and olives go nicely with Humboldt Fog.
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Fill in the gaps between the cheeses with varied colors and textures – nuts, olives, dried fruit. Add a simple bowl of grapes for a fresh touch.
Leave some space for hearty seed and grain crackers always making sure to provide a gluten free variety for guests.
Remember to put out a selection of non-cheese dips, also. Think color and texture. This is an area of the table where going vegan is encouraged. Use a variety of serving bowls and dishes to keep things relaxed and fun. Pile it high, watch it fly.
Here’s a spread that is sure to please:
Gjetost – Ski Queen Goat Cheese
Humboldt Fog Goat Cheese – Cypress Grove
Marin French Cheese – Petite Breakfast Fresh Brie
Montchevre – Cranberry Cinnamon Goat Cheese
Mull of Kintyre – Extra Mature Scottish Cheddar Cheese
Fromager d’Affinois Gulloteau
Applegate Organic Uncured Genoa Salami
Sonoma Creamery Cheese Crisps – Pepper Jack
Blue Diamond Almond Nut Thins
Raincoast Crisp Cranberry and Hazelnut
NU Culture Creamy Cashew Bacony Chipotle Spread
BriarPatch Deli-made Pesto Spread
Toby’s Vegan Pate
Find more holiday recipes, party and gift ideas at https://www.briarpatch.coop/christmas-2019/
Source: BriarPatch Food Co-op
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