How to Make the Perfect Cheese Board

Want to impress your friends and family with a delicious Cheese Board?

Here at The Gourmet Pantry, we love making Cheese Boards and sharing them with our friends and family for relaxed catchups or special occasions.

Follow this step-by-step guide – using the finest crackers, olives and condiments from The Gourmet Pantry of course – and you will have a Cheese Board to be proud of in no time!

Start with the cheeses and place evenly over your cheese board.

Get a mix of cheese textures. Make sure there is a soft cheese like a Brie, a crumbly cheese like a blue cheese is great for this and a hard cheese such as a cheddar or parmesan. Ensure you get a mixture of flavours with a couple of milder versions. Use a mix of shapes and colours – a pale round brie, a sharp wedge of parmesan, a square of cheddar – it all adds to the visual appeal.

Then, add in the following order a selection of meats, fruits, vegetables, condiments, and crackers.

Meats like salami, kabana, pancetta or prosciutto bring delicious salty flavours. Roll or place the meats around the board.

Add nuts and seeds as well as olives, sundried tomatoes, artichokes, or marinated mushrooms. Pile them around the board or use small bowls if needed. Then add fruit to brings a sweet element using grapes, figs, cherries, dried apricots, and muscatel grapes. Next up add vegetables such as cherry tomatoes, capsicum slices, snow peas and asparagus for vibrant colour.

Crackers then bring the crunch. From the simple water cracker to artisan flavours, crackers are an integral part of any cheese board. Use different shapes, sizes and textures and pile them high for big impact.

Condiments are important. Add fruit pastes, dips, spreads, pesto, tapenades, mustards, chutneys, and relishes – decant directly onto the board or into small bowls or use the jar they came in straight onto the board.

Keep adding to the board, filling spaces for a rustic, generous look.

Don’t forget the garnishes – try rosemary, parsley, or edible flowers.

Finish with your finest cheese knives and then get ready to wow your guests.

We’ve used Valley Produce Company’s Crackerthins Original, Artisan Flatbread Crackers, La Panzanella Mini Croccintini, Apricot & Pistachio Fruit Pyramid and Kangaroo Island Mediterranean Olives. You can get all these delicious gourmet products and more from The Gourmet Pantry at www.thegourmetpantry.com.au

Shopping List

Cheese

  • Soft Cheese - Brie or Camambert
  • Blue Cheese
  • Hard Cheese – Cheddar or Parmesan

Deli

  • Salami
  • Kabana
  • Pancetta
  • Prosciutto
  • Sun Dried Tomatoes
  • Marinated Mushrooms
  • Marinated Artichokes

Fruit & Vegetables

  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Asparagus Spears
  • Pear
  • Grapes
  • Figs
  • Cherries
  • Dried Apricots
  • Muscatal Grapes

Crackers

  • Valley Produce Company Crackerthins Plain 100g (available from The Gourmet Pantry)
  • Valley Produce Company Artisan Crackers – (available in Cheese/ Kale/ Sea Salt/ Carrot/ Beetroot from The Gourmet Pantry
  • La Panzanella Mini Croccintini Original 85g (available in Original/ Rosemary / Black Pepper from The Gourmet Pantry)

Condiments & Garnishes

  • Valley Produce Company Apricot & Almond Fruit Pyramid 75g (available from The Gourmet Pantry)
  • Rosemary
  • Parsley
  • Edible Flowers

You will also need:

Wooden Serving Board and Cheese Knives – check out the gorgeous wooden serving board and

Laguiole Cheese Knives available in The Gourmet Pantry.

We would love to see your Cheese Board creations! Tag @thegourmetpantry.com.au on your socials.

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