The cheese board is a host's best entertaining secret. They're easy to prep in advance, but boast a serious WOW factor. Cheese boards are an easy, customizable option for entertaining—offering a variety of Wisconsin Cheese and accompaniments to satisfy all your party guests.
- Lomo de cerdo
- Beef Tenderloin
- Serrano Ham
- Paté: liver, duck
- Genoa salami
- dried fruit
- homemade preserves, jams and jellies
- homemade breads
- nuts (walnuts, pecans, roasted pine nuts, cashews, etc.)
- fresh vegetables
- smoked fish, salmon, herring
Appearance is just as important as taste. After all, we eat with our eyes first. Choose a natural surface for your cheese board—wood, slate or stone is best.
Cheese is best at room temperature. Take your cheeses out of the refrigerator at least 30 to 60 minutes before serving.
Label your cheese. It lets guests know what they're eating while helping less adventurous palettes navigate their options with ease.
Most importantly, if you find yourself indecisively stuck in the cheese aisle, remember to trust your tastebuds. Cheese boards are all about experimentation, so have some fun.
DESSERT CHEESE BOARD
The best part about entertaining is there is ALWAYS room for dessert. A cheese board is the perfect savory option to serve. Below are some tips for the perfect cheese board
- Offer a variety of textures and flavors—cheddar is nutty and firm, blue is tangy and crumbly, and brie is earthy and soft.
- Add sweetness from accompaniments: dates, hazelnuts, sliced apples and a high-quality dark chocolate (at least 70%).
- Play around with flavor pairings! Blue, dates and sliced apples are equal parts sweet and tangy. Or try brie, hazelnuts and dark chocolate for a mini bite that's totally decadent.
- Cheddar makes for a great anchor to any cheese board. Luckily, Wisconsin has many of them—ranging from mild and young to more sharp and complex when aged. Pick your favorite, as any cheddar will work well for this cheese board.
- Serve with a dessert wine, like Port. It will pair especially well with your blue cheese.