At the forefront of every successful dinner party is a cocktail hour that comes complete with bite-sized eats and plenty of drinks. When pressed for time, and in need of a last-minute spread that wows, what better than a cheese board? So we took on the challenge of creating the ultimate winter cheese board, in five minutes or less. Here's how!
Olive Wood Rustic Cutting Board West Elm
Step 1: Identify Your Cheese Base
When selecting the cheeses, think in the rule of threes. Opt for something stinky (blue cheese), something soft (Camembert), and something hard (Comte). We threw in an additional block (the Gouda) for, you know, good measure. Providing variety in a cheese selection is key for creating a well-balanced plate that can speak to an array of flavors. Establishing an element of differentiation within the hardness of the cheeses allows for a varied detail, crucial to the end result of the board.
Step 4: Add a Crunch Factor
Bring in crackers, crostini, and savory bites for added crunch! Consider a mix of flavors that span between sweet and savory, caramelized nuts and salt-roasted pistachios come to mind.
Step 5: Herbs
Fill the empty areas of the cheese board with fresh herbs! Rosemary, sage, and thyme are all delightfully fragrant and aesthetically pleasing. Filter in a posy of sprigs throughout the negative spaces of the board for a subtle color contrast and a refreshing burst of a dynamic aroma.