At any kind of party, there is really nothing better than a fabulous cheese tray. With the beginning of May, comes endless brunches, barbeques, and spring and summer nights in which a cheese tray could do no wrong.
Here are a few simple ideas that can help make your cheese tray appealing to ALL of your senses:
- It is always best to go for a wide variety of cheeses: this means you want some hard and soft cheeses. You also want a variety of tastes: play around with mild, strong, and smoked cheeses. These will provide some visual interest as well.
- Cheese is not the only thing that goes on a cheese tray – add some grapes or some nuts, like walnuts and almonds to add some texture.
- To take your cheese tray to the next level, add some salami or prosciutto, and some olives to make it more of a charcuterie board.
The next thing you need is some sort of vessel, to get the cheese to your mouth. My #1 go-to is the cracker! The options are endless in the cracker aisle, so feel free to go crazy with flavour here. If you don’t love the cracker like I do, a baguette or a ciabatta loaf will do nicely as well.
For the cheese tray above, we used brie, edam, a double smoked cheddar, and a jalapeno monterey jack. Using a ciabatta as our bread, and some nuts, dried fruit, and grapes to break it up with some texture and colour. Other cheeses you could use could be marble cheddar, goat cheese, blue cheese, or a crotonese. An Italian crotonese is a very hard, crumbly cheese with a similar nutty taste and smell to parmesan.
To help you create your own wonderful cheese tray, here are a few helpful tips!