Winter is for warm, food-filled parties inside, but what’s the best cold-weather sustenance to provide for your guests? Why, a decadent cheese platter of course! Luckily we’re partial to a cheese board, so we’re here to help you out!
So where to begin? Don’t stress – we’ve got you covered! Our extensive experience will help you build the perfect Winter cheese board to impress!
Cheese Board Flavours
A cheese board should provide a mixture of mouth-watering flavours, with a contrast between the traditional sweet and savoury, as well as surprisingly salty and temptingly tangy.
In Winter, cheese board-appropriate fresh fruit can be hard to find. There are, though, plenty of fresh pears – a must-have on any Winter platter as their light flavour pairs (no pun intended) perfectly with most savoury cheeses. Sweetness can also be added with a delicious quince paste (quinces are also in season), sweet caramelised onion spread, a fruit chutney or dried figs and dates.
Go wild with savoury accompaniments, from oil-slathered olives and sundried tomatoes to a variety of nuts including almonds, cashews and walnuts.
To satisfy your guests Winter appetites with something a little heartier, you can also include additions of sliced, cured meat. Prosciutto and pancetta provide a softer, savoury contrast to creamier cheeses, while salami provides a slightly spicier flavour.
While displaying some crackers and bread on the platter, serve most separately and provide a couple of varieties to pair with different styles of cheese.
Water crackers are always a platter classic as they are relatively neutral in flavour, allowing them to accompany every cheese. Fine wafer crackers provide a light crispy crunch and pair well with the crumbly texture of our David Brown Select Cheddar, while crusty Sourdough bread pairs well with our soft and creamy Milawa Goat Camembert.
Cheese Board Presentation
Appearance is everything! Start with an eye-catching base and, while slate and marble cheese boards are popping up everywhere, a wooden serving board is the most functional option (while being stylish of course). Thoughtfully arrange your selected cheeses with enough room between them for easy cutting and serving.
Place matching accompaniments next to their cheese, such as slices of fresh pear next to a slab of our tangy Milawa Blue cheese or our slightly smokey Milawa Ceridwen, and strips of prosciutto next to our creamy Milawa Ashed Chevre.
A great idea is to also garnish your cheese board with sprigs of herbs such as rosemary, basil and thyme. Not only will this add a variety of colours to your current palette and help make your platter look abundant, it will also create an appealing aroma.