It’s not a secret how much I love cheese. I honestly don’t feel that there is a more perfect food. My personal food pyramid is just a cheese wedge. With all that said, Megan suggested that we have a girl’s wine and cheese night and I didn’t see any fault in her logic. So off to the store I went to prepare my first charcuterie and cheese board.
Now, I love cheese, I eat cheese, but when it comes to building an epic cheese board I was starting at square one. I knew I needed a soft, medium and hard cheese and then stuff to go with it. Walking into Sprout’s I had about 5 mins a Pinterest under my belt and a lifetime a consuming cheese to help me construct.
Hitting the cheese section first I wandered around looking for cheese I would eat. I ended up going with:
- Garlic Herbed Goat Cheese
- Buttermilk Blue
- Harvarti Dill
- Smoked Gouda
- Sharp Cheddar
With these option I felt I had a wide variety of flavors as well as contrasting textures to add initial variety to this board. Cheese is where the base is built, you need to have a strong foundation.
Next was the meats. This wasn’t as hard since it’s always the same three typically:
I love prosciutto, especially recently. I’ve been using it to snack on with pepper jack and crackers at work. I also added it to this epic salad I made. This had mixed greens, prosciutto (that I ghetto crisped in the microwave at work. It did the job, but I wouldn’t recommend it), pear, goat cheese and raspberry vinaigrette.
Back to the point. How do we plan on getting these delicious flavors into our mouths? Our hands? Like animals! Probably. But I also got some crackers.
- Bread. I went with one that was soft on the inside with a little crunch on the exterior.
- Peppercorn Crackers
- Rosemary and Olive Oil Bruchetta Crackers
- Garlic Pita Chips
I wanted the textures of the breads to be different but I also wanted all of them to provide a different flavor. I really wanted to hit Jason’s Deli and snag all their garlic toast points for this. Funny story. I did hit Jason’s Deli for lunch the day we decided to have girl’s night but I ate all the garlic toast points. I also ate all of my salad and I was both impressed and disappointed in myself. It was massive.
Last but not least ingredient wise is the sides. I wanted a lot of fresh options so there is a lot of fruit:
- Dried Apricots
- Cinnamon Sugar roasted Almonds
- Fig Preserve
- Honey (Honey Comb if you can find it)
- Guava Paste
Here are the best combinations I can suggest for you:
- Cheddar with honey
- Goat with basically anything
- Blue cheese with fig preserve or guava paste
I don’t like blue cheese on it’s own, but with fig it’s amazing. By far my favorite cheese combination followed quickly by sharp cheddar with honey comb.
Wine wise it’s a personal preference. I can drink either. Typically I prefer white, but I’ve been on a red wine kick lately. But I had red and Megan had white.
I will say this. After constructing the epicnesss that were my cheese boards, there was a lot. Our eyes were bigger than our stomachs. I had enough to feed a small dinner party. We struggled to finish and I will say one of us didn’t get very far (cough Megan cough).