Creating a Fantastic Cheese Board

by Kim Strassner June 04, 2016

Creating a Fantastic Cheese Board

How to Create a Personalized Cheese Board


June 4th is National Cheese Day and, though we don’t need any extra motivation to fill a personalized cheese board with a pile of our favorite cheeses, a nationally recognized day does give us a good excuse to get cheesy.

A well-crafted personalized cheese board is one of life’s greatest pleasures. Not only are cheese boards full of delicious cheese (and other treats), they can also be beautiful. A pretty personalized cheese board topped with a thoughtfully selected trio of cheeses, plus a few accouterments, that’s heaven.

For cheese novices, creating a personalized cheese board can be intimidating. But it doesn’t have to be.

Over the years, we’ve learned a thing or two about how to construct a show-stopping personalized cheese board. Here are a few tips we’ve picked up along the way:

Experiment with your personalized cheese board.

The Wine Source in Baltimore is one of our favorite spots to buy cheese andwine, and its cheesemonger, Adam Engle, is one of the best in the business when it comes to putting together a personalized cheese board.

When selecting cheeses, he suggests keeping an open mind. If you try a wide variety of cheeses, you’re bound to discover new things, he told us.

Mix up your personalized cheese board

Once you know what you like, there are a bunch of ways to approach a personalized cheese board. Here are five things to consider when choosing which cheeses to include on your personalized cheese board:

  • Region: Where a cheese is made influences how it tastes (just like where a wine is made does). Stick with one region for your personalized cheese board, or deliberately go global.
  • Milk: Sheep, goat, cow – they’re all good. As with region, you can feature the cheeses of just one animal or several types work on a personalized cheese board.
  • Pungency: When you’re serving, it makes sense to organize and eat the cheeses in terms of pungency. Eat milder cheeses first and save the strong stuff for the end. Otherwise, the stronger cheese will overpower your taste buds.
  • Texture: Flavor should drive cheese selection – pick cheeses that taste good to you! – but also consider texture on a personalized cheese board. The most interesting personalized cheese board will include a variety of textures, from creamy to crumbly to hard.
  • Color: Blue cheese to some is delicious but it also has an extra added benefit: It’s pretty. A personalized cheese board that’s filled with white and yellow cheeses is nice, but a personalized cheese board that includes a few pops of color is even better.


Finally, Think Beyond Cheese

Yes, it’s called a personalized cheese board. But that doesn’t mean the board should be filled with cheese and only cheese. Cured meats are a fabulous addition to a board and pair well with most cheeses.

Here’s something else to consider when assembling a personalized cheese board: Cheese is, by its nature, rich and fatty. That’s why we love it. But tastes and textures are elevated when you add their opposites. So in addition to fatty cheeses and meats, add something a little lighter to your personalized cheese board.

Grapes, fruit purees, apple slices, olives – these all act as great foils for cheese. As an extra bonus, they add a little splash of color to a personalized cheese board.

Take the personalized cheese boardin the photo above, for example. A handful of grapes, a few meats and a selection of three cheeses that are diverse in every way.

We have been known to put together a personalized cheese board for dinner. If you think about it a personalized cheese board consists of all the food groups: protein, fruit, and veggies!

 Have fun with your next personalized cheese board!

Kim Strassner
Kim Strassner

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