Charles de Gaulle, former President of France, once asked “How can anyone govern a nation that has two hundred and forty-six different kinds of cheese?”. Yep, you read that correctly. Two hundred and forty six variations. What does one do with so many cheeses?
You make a cheese board.
There are thousands of variations of cheese around the world but you only need a mere handful. It’s rather easy and you don’t need to be a genius to put one together.
Remember, you’re not making a simple cheese sandwich.
This is a cheese board. You need ambiance, you need colour, you need lusciousness, it needs to be a strong, sensual experience. The perfect balance of flavours [mild to strong], colours, textures [hard to soft] and sizes are required.
Does it have to be out of this world? No. But this is why we’ve put together this Beginner’s Guide To The Cheese Board, to help you along your way to perfecting it.
What You Need
Crackers, bread sticks, mini toasts, soft bread, whole grain, full of nuts, whatever it maybe, some bread is required.
Did you know there are 14 types of olives? Go to your local deli and go crazy! Grab some pickles cucumbers or perhaps radishes, salami, chorizo, prosciutto and other preserved meats.
Fresh fruit is a must with any cheese course. We used pears and apples but you could also add grapes and figs that pair rather well with cheese.
Bottoms up! To clear the palate and cut some of that richness, a liquid of some sort is essential, whether it be wine, beer, or a fruit juice.
Wooden boards with handles, slate, marble slabs, glass cake platters, shallow bowls or plates, even a cutting board, make for fantastic boards.
Producing the finest, gorgeous, flavoursome high quality Dutch cheese for more than 110 years, Frico is made with fresh milk from Friesian cows, naturally ripened and crafted by experience cheese makers, maintaining its authentic taste and dairy nutrients.
Offering a wide range of traditional Dutch and specialty cheeses such as Edam, Gouda, Maasdam, goat’s cheese and more, each cheese has its own unique taste and texture, perfect for use in a burger, a cheese board, a cheese toasties or on its own.
What Cheese Did We Use?
We added five different types of cheese to the board, ranging in taste, texture and smell.
Frico Maasdam – Sweet and nutty flavour.
Frico Edam – Mild, slightly salty and nutty flavour and acquires a stronger flavour as it ages.
Frico Gouda Spiced Cumin – Infused with aromatic cumin, it has a smooth yet spicy flavour.
Frico Gouda – Creamy and smooth.
Frico Smoked Cheese – Smoked in the traditional way to gain its mild and smoky flavour.
Mix and match the cheeses with the breads, the fruits, the preserved meats, the wine, everything – you will find what your tastebuds prefer.
Oh, cut your cheese before placing it on the cheese board. You don’t want to destroy the board and the setting with a cheesy massacre.
IMPORTANT – Each cheese should have its own knife. And you can definitely use butter knives if you don’t have any of those special cheese knives.
Don’t be afraid to try something different and new.
It might smell funny or it might be blue. Try it anyway. You just might fall in love.
Want to use Frico cheese in other dishes? Check out some of their delicious recipes here.
If you have any beginner’s tips you think we’ve missed out, add them in the comments section below.