If you’re putting together a cheeseboard for a party, first of all: well done! We like you. Secondly, here are a few tips to get you started and ensure it’s a success.
- If you’re at all unsure, go to a cheesemonger rather than the supermarket. Not only will you be assured of top-quality cheese, but your cheesemonger will be able to offer helpful advice and guidance. Here are also tips on how you can support Irish cheese makers.
- A really great cheeseboard will have a balance of textures, flavours, shapes and types (cow’s, sheep’s, goat’s). Alternatively, you could work around a theme such as all Irish cheeses, all blue or different types of Cheddar.
- Three to five cheeses make a really good board. To ensure you buy enough, aim for 100-120g of cheese per person.
- Cheese should be served at room temperature, so take it out of the fridge 30-60 minutes before serving. Cover the cheese with a barely damp towel to keep it from drying out.
- If you don’t have a dedicated cheeseboard, don’t worry. Use another serving platter, a chopping board from your kitchen, a ceramic or glass cake platter or simply a large plate.
- Each cheese should have its own knife. If you don’t have a set of cheese knives, no problem – use regular butter knives for softer cheeses and a small sharp kitchen knife for each hard cheese.
- Labelling your cheeses with little name cards looks pretty and will help to reassure any guests who are wary of trying new foods.
- If you’re inviting friends over that’s following a plant-based diet, don’t worry about them feeling left out. These vegan ‘cheeses’ will be worth adding to any cheese board.
- Whether you want to put together a strong cheese board, regular-strength cheese board or if you’re new to putting together a cheese board, we’ve got you covered.
Add a little extra
Have fun with a combination of sweet and salty accompaniments for your cheeseboard. We recommend…
- Assorted crackers
- Artisan breads
- Mini toasts
- Thinly sliced, toasted fruit cake
- Pickled gherkins
- Pickled onions
- Cured meats e.g. prosciutto or salami
- Sun-dried tomatoes
- Fresh fruit e.g. pears, apples, grapes, and figs
- Dried fruit e.g. apricots, figs, and dates
- Nuts (raw, toasted, or candied)
- Quince pastes
- Jams, chutneys, relishes, and other preserves
- Don’t forget the drinks! Beer, wine, or fruit juice will help to cut through the richness of the cheese and cleanse the palate. Cheers!
If you’re not sure that a cheeseboard is the way to go, this baked brie is an impressive yet foolproof alternative!