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Create a beautiful dessert and cheese platter complete with a sweet and spicy strawberry jam.
By Stacey M Doyle
Creating a Cheeseboard for Two (or more) doesn’t have to be humdrum and boring. Yes, certain pairings of cheese and food go together better than others, but at the end of the day, it about you, your taste and personality and the theme of the night. So first things first, I like to settle on which cheeses I want to focus on and then build around them incorporating the flavors that would best express my cheeseboard theme. I went for more of a dessert theme this time.
TIPS FOR THE MAKING OF A GREAT CHEESEBOARD FOR TWO:
- Of course, dark chocolate came to mind, always and everyday!
- Followed by that dark decadent chocolate, I added candied bacon!
- A fruit spread with my favorite red beauty, the strawberry, carefully crafted into a Strawberry Balsamic with Black Pepper fruity jam.
- Now for the cheese selection: I went for Castello’s Aged Havarti, my personal favorite with a sharp yet lusciously creamy finish, along with their tangy Extra Creamy Danish Blue and of course I had to include their Double Creme White. Castello has a delicious variety of perfectly crafted cheeses that will make any cheeseboard the center of attention. Click here to visit their website for more information and ideas.
- I also wanted to add some pizzazz to the board and picked up some brightly flavored citrus – Kumquats, extra Strawberries and some Medjool Dates.
- For the wine, I decided on Zinfandel and a Chardonnay by Folie à Deux, a full-bodied wine selection and beautifully balanced for a gourmet cheeseboard to share with you special someone.
When creating an attractive and guest-loving cheeseboard, you should try to include the following:
- At least 3 cheeses, all with different flavor characteristics, shapes and textures. Serve cheese at room temperature, this is where their flavors are allowed to shine. Allow for 2 – 4 oz of cheese per person.
- An assortment of breads, crackers and fruits (dried & fresh).
- Don’t forget to add a spread of some sort, such as my favorite Strawberry Balsamic with Black Pepper fruity jam (recipe below), or other chutneys or compotes. Pesto or Mustard are also great additions depending on the theme of your cheeseboard (I love mustard with a sharp cheddar).
- You can also offer other tasty treats, such as chocolates, candied bacon, cured meats or nuts (both salty or candied).
- Display your gourmet spread on a board or platter, or both. Don’t just throw them on there, thoughtfully arrange your cheeses and the other chosen foods to be visually appealing. You can also label your cheeses with decorative cheese labels/markers.
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For another great cheese board addition, try this sweet and spicy carrot chutney.Print
A Southern girl with a taste for travel, Stacey takes inspiration from her global pantry and cooks with a sense of adventure. Now she’s raising her three young children to appreciate a wide world of food, even if she doesn’t always tell them exactly what they’re eating. Stacey is the food photographer, writer and creator of Little Figgy Food. She's also addicted to coffee. Addicted to olives. Fairly obsessed with dark chocolate.