Serve! How to create the perfect cheeseboard at home
Staying in is the new going out – and what better wat to spend those chilly autumn and winter evenings in front of the fire watching Strictly than with a delicious array of cheese and accompaniments.
If you don’t know where to start – we can help!
From storing to serving, and even the perfect accompaniments for each, let us take the strain of entertaining by sharing our top tip for a showstopping cheeseboard!
Always store your cheese wrapped, in an airtight container in the fridge, and away from other strong-smelling foods. This ensures that your cheese keeps its true flavour and prevents it from drying out.
2. The perfect Serve
Make sure you remove your cheese from the fridge an hour before serving. This way you can enjoy the full flavour and texture of the cheese as it’s always best to be served room-temperature.
3. Selecting your Cheeses
Allow approximately 80g of cheese per person for your cheeseboard; we recommend 4-5 different options to keep things interesting. Think about a selection of cheese varieties that will give you a contrast of flavours, textures and colour on your cheeseboard. Our classic cheeseboard collection would include a selection from the following….
• A ‘hard’ cheese with strong flavour such as our Extra Mature Yorkshire Cheddar is always a crown pleaser.
• A ‘crumblier’ variety like Yorkshire Wensleydale has to be the winning choice here!
• A naturally smoked cheese such as Smoked Yorkshire Wensleydale or Cheddar offers a superb contrast of flavours to your spread.
• A Blue cheese like our Wensleydale Blue has broad appeal for newcomers to blue cheese and connoisseurs alike!
• Not forgetting a sweet, fruity variety. We love Yorkshire Wensleydale & Cranberries, an eye-catching firm favourite, or how about our Yorkshire Wensleydale & Pineapple for a seriously fruity hit!
4. Cracking Crackers
Choose a selection of crackers to serve – different types of cheese will pair perfectly with a variety of flavours and textures, which will also add visual appeal. Find our favourite crackers, flatbreads and oatcakes to enjoy with our range of cheese HERE.
Serve your cheese with a selection of accompaniments – choose from grapes, chutney, quince, freshly cut apple or pear, celery, nuts, figs, dried fruit, or cured meats. Have a look at our Charcuterie & Pâté section for Chorizo and Salami made locally, or go rogue and pair with sweet treats such as chocolate, flapjack and fruitcake for a twist on a classic pairing.
6. Chutney Choices
Consider which accompanying chutney will make your cheeseboard standout; different types work well with certain cheeses, such as naturally sweet chutney made from apple, sultanas and traditional spices, which pair well with Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese. Richer, full-bodied chutney such as Fig or Red Onion Marmalade are superb with Wensleydale Blue and Kit Calvert Old-style Wensleydale. Cheese. You can find a huge selection of delicious options HERE
7. Don’t forget the bread and butter
Don’t forget the bread and butter! Crusty bread and our own salted Yorkshire Butter both work perfectly alongside our cheese and accompaniments. So make like the French and indulge!
Above all – take the time to savour and enjoy! If you aren’t sure which cheeses to choose, why not order one of our cut cheese boxes? The selected cheeses are freshly cut and wrapped by our Cheese Shop team here at The Wensleydale Creamery Visitor Centre, and delivered fresh, direct to your door.
See our full range of cheese and accompaniments HERE and get set for a delicious night in!