A bountiful cheeseboard can be put together in minutes, and is a wonderful no-cook meal, after dinner delight, or bring one along to a party and you're sure to be the most popular guest at the table. If you're finding choosing cheeses overwhelming, or simply fancy some tips to up your cheeseboard game, do read on!
Perfection is subjective
It’s worth stating from the off that there is no one perfect way to create your perfect cheeseboard. What’s perfect for you may be the next person’s worst nightmare, but with a bit of luck we can certainly help you get a balance of cheese that will appeal to those who are served it. Perhaps, if something you serve up divides opinion it makes it all the more interesting!
Rules are meant to be broken
We’re about to give you some tips on selection and pairing but in the same breath we’re here to remind you that there is no wrong way to eat cheese. Try the cheeses in any order with whatever drinks or accompaniments you like. Cut it how you like. If the rind is edible, give it a go, why not? We are very much in favour of having fun with it and not getting caught up with rules or restrictive ideas of what you should or shouldn’t enjoy.
Like most guides on creating a cheeseboard, it’s worth mentioning that a typical starting point is to choose a hard cheese, a soft cheese and a blue cheese. It’s hard to argue with this combination. It gives variation of texture, flavour and style. Another good general guide is to restrict yourself to three-five decent chunks of cheese. This helps to avoid the problem of having too many small pieces which aren’t enough for everyone to try a little of each, and lots of smaller pieces tend not to look so good or keep so well.