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From ridiculously large and opulent to elegantly simple, there is no denying that cheese boards are a mainstay at dinner parties. A well-stocked cheese board is a gift to the senses with taste, sight, smell, and even touch elements that compliment any beverage or food you serve.
9 things to make a Cheeseboard a Sensory Masterpiece
Bread of Crackers Select those that can hold up to spreading and are not overpowering in taste
2-3 varieties of Cheese 1 soft cheese like Brie and 1 hard cheese such as a nice-aged Manchego
2-3 Cured Meats
Dried or Seasonal Fruits
Olives Kalamata, stuffed green, and olive bar specialties work well
Jams, Preserves, Chutney or Honey
A beautiful board that serves as a foundation for your spread
That’s it. The rest is up to you. Have fun and experiment.
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Take a look at these enviable creations we adore.
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Be colorful and consider adding salads and veggies too.
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Mix and match colors and textures for sensory explosions.
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Themes are a fantastic way to help create an imaginative board. The above by Half Baked Harvest has a Mediterranean flair that has incorporated all of the basic elements, but took inspiration from the middle east by adding hummus and other spreads.
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If you want more details and instruction, Blog Lovin has a great “how to” for constructing an abundant and fabulous board here. This one has chocolate. Pairing chocolate with a ruby port is absolutely spectacular.
Wine and Cheese Pairing
Not sure how how to pair your wine and cheese? Use this simple guide to make it easy.