Nov 26

How to Make a Simple Cheese Board

Making a cheese board doesn’t have to be difficult. I’m sharing five tips for how to make a simple cheese board that everyone will love!

How to Make a Simple Cheese Board - 5 tips for creating the perfect cheese board!

Cheese boards are one of my favorite things to snack on because they are easy to make and are full of flavor. They are the perfect addition to any dinner party or gathering. You can create some pretty inventive and unique cheeseboards, but you don’t have to spend a lot of time and money to create an impressive cheese board. Don’t try to complicate things, just keep it simple. Scroll below for my five tips for making a simple cheese board.

How to Make a Simple Cheese Board - 5 tips for creating the perfect cheese board!

(1) Focus on texture, color and flavor - Make sure you have a little of each. People eat with their eyes first. I like to have something crunchy, something smooth and something delicate. Cinnamon Spice Pepitas add the perfect amount of crunch and they also add a hint of sweet flavor. I also like something salty such as cured meats or salted nuts. To enhance the flavor of the board, I always include a chutney or spread, such as this Cranberry Pear Chutney. Add some crackers and a few pieces of fruit and you have a cheese board full of texture, color and flavor.

(2) Stick to one or two quality cheeses - Don’t complicate the cheese or over think what type of cheese you need. Pick one or two quality cheeses from your local supermarket or specialty store. Choose your longtime favorites or be adventurous and try something new. I used Kerrygold Blarney Castle and Aged Cheddar.

(3) Cheese is best served at room temperature - Take the cheese out of refrigerator an hour before serving.

(4) Pick a theme or don’t - If it is easy for you, just pick a theme. I like to do seasonal themes, such as the board in the picture above using seasonal fruit, spreads and nuts. If a theme makes it difficult, then don’t worry about it. Just add your favorite ingredients and enjoy!

(5) Cut the cheese in advance - To keep things easy and to prevent your cheese board from looking like a mess after the first person digs in, cut the cheese in advance and arrange it on the board. For soft cheese, like blue or chevre, use a wire for clean cuts. For hard cheeses in wedges, bricks or rounds, cut the cheese into wedges or strips in the shape of the original wedge.

Don’t make things difficult, such add your favorite ingredients and enjoy!

How to Make a Simple Cheese Board - 5 tips for creating the perfect cheese board!

How to Make a Simple Cheese Board - 5 tips for creating the perfect cheese board!

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. Kerrygold sent me cheese to include in this holiday cheese board.

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Nov 24

Cranberry Pear Chutney

Cranberry Pear Chutney is the perfect compliment to any meal! Spread it over crackers and serve it with cheese or add it to a grilled cheese sandwich – the options are endless!

Cranberry Pear Chutney - serve this flavorful chutney with dinner or add it to a cheese board!

Have you planned your Thanksgiving Day menu? I finished planning mine this weekend and am looking forward to the turkey, cranberry sauce, maple roasted veggies, butternut squash risotto and pie that I added to the menu. I’ll probably make some cookies too. Before the big meal, I always love to start with a few snacks. Cranberry Pear Chutney, some cheese and even a few appetizers are a great way to start a holiday celebration.

Cranberry Pear Chutney - serve this flavorful chutney with dinner or add it to a cheese board!

Cranberry season is here and I love adding the juicy red berries to anything and everything. They add a refreshing tart flavor and fun red color to your meal. Cranberries are packed with antioxidants, vitamins and fiber. They are native to North America and were part of the first Thanksgiving celebration. Add a few ingredients such as pears, cinnamon, honey, ginger and cloves and you have a delicious spread packed with flavor.

Spread this cranberry and pear chutney over crackers and serve it with cheese. I also love adding it to a grilled cheese sandwich. Take some crusty bread, add a few spoonfuls of chutney and some brie cheese to create the perfect berry-licious meal. Or, just eat this cranberry pear chutney by the spoonful. The chutney is loaded with seasonal flavors and is the perfect compliment to your holiday feast.

Cranberry Pear Chutney - serve this flavorful chutney with dinner or add it to a cheese board! Cranberry Pear Chutney - serve this flavorful chutney with dinner or add it to a cheese board!

I love any excuse to add this chutney to my holiday meal. Spread it over crackers and serve it with cheese or add it to a grilled cheese sandwich – the options are endless!

Cranberry Pear Chutney

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh cranberries (or 8 ounce bag of cranberries)
  • 2 pears, peeled and finely diced (I use Bartlett, D'anjou or Bosc)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3 whole cloves*
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • zest and juice from one lemon
  • 2 tablespoons honey

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a large saucepan set over medium heat. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Simmer for 25 minutes. Mash remaining whole berries. Remove cinnamon stick and cloves. Refrigerate in sealed jars until ready to serve.

Notes

*I like to wrap and tie the cloves in cheese cloth so that I can easily discard them after use.

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Cranberry Pear Chutney - serve this flavorful chutney with dinner or add it to a cheese board!

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