One of my favorite things to snack on is a cheese board. So I really enjoy going to wineries because I make my own cheese boards to bring. I love a savory board, but I decided to make a sweet board this time and I have to say I think I like a dessert cheese board more! See how I put together the perfect cheese board below.
What makes the perfect cheese board?
Variety- Whether your board is sweet, savory, or a mix of both you want to make sure you have a variety of cheese, meat, and bread.
You want at least three cheeses, the cheese depends on the flavors you enjoy and what pairs well with the rest of your board. My go-to's for cheese are always something soft, like a brie or goat's milk cheese, something firm and classic, like cheddar or gouda, then either something flavorful or subtle- this is strictly based on preference- you could do something bold like blue cheese or something simple like swiss.
For a savory board want to have at least three meats, similar to the cheeses. My go to's are prosciutto, pepperoni, and salami. I usually throw in a spicy meat to add even more flavor to the board, but you can also add a summer sausage or turkey sausage.
Bread is the easy part, you want at least two. I prefer a loaf, like French bread, and crackers (the best thing about crackers is they have several flavors) that way you have two different textures.
Once you have your core ingredients, make it your own. Add something salty like pickles, olives, or nuts; and add something sweet, like fruit, chocolate, jam, or honey. Then voila you have the perfect cheese board!
Making a dessert cheese board
For a sweet or dessert board, you don't have to have meat if you don't want to; the star in my opinion is the cheese. For cheese, I had soft and buttery cheeses with subtle flavors that pair well with chocolate and fruit. I found this really yummy chevre which is goat's milk cheese with honey, double cream gouda, and Havarti. Take advantage of the fruits in season; with it being summer there are cherries and a variety of berries that will pair perfectly. Then of course the chocolate- I kept it simple and used dark and milk chocolate. Add some slices of French bread, crackers, and nuts and you have a dessert cheese board.
5 ounces chevre (I had chevre with honey)
4 ounces gouda
4 ounces Havarti
1/2 loaf French bread, sliced
1 package crackers
1 cup cherries
1 cup strawberries
2-4 peaches, sliced
4 ounces dark chocolate
4 ounces milk chocolate
Arrange the cheese, fruit, bread/crackers, and chocolate on a severing platter or cheese board, and enjoy!