Entertaining can be a ton of fun, but in the summertime it’s nice to keep preparations to a minimum, so you can relax and enjoy your time with your guests. Enter the cheese board. A favourite at any time of year, a cheese board is perfect for the summer months because it is low-maintenance and the cheeses pair well with picnic-friendly eats such as baguettes and summer fruits. You may think that creating a quality cheese board that will wow your guests has to be tough and expensive. The truth is, a cheese board can be one of the easiest and most affordable dishes you can offer guests and it works in almost any setting.
Finding the Right Board
At its most basic, a cheese board is just that—a board to place cheese and other items on. With this in mind, you don’t have to run out and buy something fancy or expensive. Often times a nice wooden cutting or servicing board will work. If you are planning an event with a specific theme, look around for a board that better fits your theme.
Hit up your local “fromagerie” as they say in France or local grocer to stock up on a variety of cheeses at their deli counter. Be sure to include a variety of textures, flavours and colours including aged, soft, firm and blue.
Examples of aged include: Comte, aged cheddar or goat Gouda
Examples of soft include: Camembert, St. Andre and Brillat-Savarin
Examples of hard include: Parmigiano-Reggiano and Manchego
Examples of blue include: Gorgonzola and French Roquefort.
You can choose to pre-slice the cheese, or include a few cheese knives along with your spread.
After you have your cheeses chosen, you can start grabbing things like crackers and sliced organic veggies to add to your cheese board. There are a few categories that are generally touched on when choosing accompanying foods, but again, there are no hard rules to this. Think about finding things that are salty, crunchy, and sweet to work with the flavours of your cheeses.
Famous Foods has everything you need for your summer entertaining needs. Visit our deli section to discover the beautiful array of cheeses we have in store.