“Life is great. Cheese makes it better.”
Whether it is cosy nights in, or as something to nibble on when entertaining friends, I love nothing more than putting together a Cheese Board. From picking the Cheese, the accompaniments, to even the Wine, I love assembling it all and selecting what I want to indulge in. Here is my Ultimate Cheese Board!
First up, the most important element, the Cheese! I could live purely on Cheese. I adore it and it makes me incredibly happy! My absolute favourites to include for a variety of texture and taste are:
1. A soft white. I particularly love adding in chunks of Brie as I do love a creamy cheese with soft, velvety rinds. For this board I’ve used Le Rustique’s Le Bon Brie.
2. A flavour added. I’ve chosen Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company’s Oak Smoked Cheddar, which is utterly fabulous! It is the perfect Autumnal Cheese that has been cold-smoked for at least 24 hours. You can buy it here: https://www.cheddaronline.co.uk/product/oak-smoked-cheddar/
If you are a Cheddar Cheese fan I cannot recommend their cheese enough. They are the only Cheddar Cheeses actually made in Cheddar! You will find the perfect Cheese board treats as well as fabulous hampers that make the perfect gifts for loved ones. If you happen to find yourself near their shop do pop in and see their selection! In the meantime you can browse it here: https://www.cheddaronline.co.uk/
P.S. If you are shopping online be sure to add their Cheddar Cheese Straws to your basket too! 😉
4 A Blue. I have opted for a Blue Stilton from Booths made by Cropwell Bishop Creamery. I also love Gorgonzola or the Castello Blue too.
You can have more cheese varieties if you wish and I do sometimes mix it up with a Feta, Comte or Roquefort too.
Crackers – Right. You all need to visit Cradoc’s Savoury Biscuits online shop and get ordering as they do THE BEST selection of crackers for Cheese.
Our favourite is their Beetroot and Garlic followed by Chilli Ginger and Garlic and Lemongrass Coconut and Chilli. They have SO many flavour options to choose from such as Pear and Earl Grey, Spinach and Celery Seed and also their Checkers, which are the Black Charcoal and Water biscuits on my board.
Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company’s Cheddar Cheese Straws – I cannot even explain to you how sublime these Cheddar Cheese Straws are. Warmed up in the oven, they are heavenly! They go so perfectly on the Cheese Board for something a little different to Crackers and they are great as a snack too!
Sweet things. I love adding fresh fruit and to my board I have selected colourful bunches of grapes. Apples and Pears also make good sweet sides. A good chutney is a must and for this board I’ve used a Fig Chutney. I also sometimes like to have a Chilli Jam too.
Salty & pickled. I’ve added smoked Almonds to my board but I also love adding olives, preserved meats and sun-dried tomatoes if I have them available. I also sometimes like drizzling a little bit of honey on my hard cheeses. It tastes SO good!
Try not to pre-cut your cheese. I cut it just before serving. I would also recommend using different knives per cheese to avoid cross-contamination.
Serve the cheese at room temperature as this will ensure that the cheese has a stronger aroma than cold cheese. I’d say take it out of the fridge at least an hour before serving.
Try and make your cheese board as colourful as possible! I like to use vibrant coloured grapes for this as well as love the colourful crackers too.
Here are some of my suggestions for Wine Pairings!
For Cheddar Cheese – Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Malbec, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and Merlot.
Blue Cheese – Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling, Chianti, Malbec and Pinot Noir.
You can read about my day of Cheddaring here: https://www.binnysfoodandtravel.com/2018/11/12/a-day-of-cheddaring-with-the-cheddar-gorge-cheese-company/
Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company – https://www.cheddaronline.co.uk/
Cradocs Savoury Biscuits: https://cradocssavourybiscuits.co.uk/
I was kindly gifted The Cheddar Gorge Oak Smoked & Cave Matured Cheddar as well as the Cheddar Cheese Straws. I was previously gifted Cradocs Crackers but these are my own. All views and photos are my own.