If you’re anything like us, one of the best parts of travelling is getting to tuck into local cuisines and experiencing flavours from all around the world.
Though we can’t jet off to culinary hotspots like Italy or Spain just yet, we can still get a taste of our favourite destinations by bringing international flavours to our kitchens. And what better way to experience the world at home than with a wanderlust-inspired cheese board?
Curate a plate packed full of the best cheeses, either from a specific area or from across the globe, and get a sneak peek of the mouthwatering goodies you can expect on your next trip.
What should you include in your cheese board?
The best cheese boards include a variety of tastes and textures. Choose a range of different cheeses — three to six is a good amount — and try to mix up the types of cheese you choose. If you like it, include blue cheese, and perhaps a goat’s cheese too.
Next up is the all-important pairings. Bread is always a good choice, whether you go for warm, crunchy baguettes to smear brie on, or crackers piled high with cheese and chutney. Speaking of chutney, it’s up to you what you choose, from sweet onion chutney to a spicy tomato relish. Think about the flavours of your cheeses and what will work well together.
Nuts are always a good addition to a cheese board. Go for bitter nuts like walnuts to go with rich feta, ricotta and manchego, or sweeter nuts such as pecans as a counter to salty cheeses.
Grapes and figs are classic cheese board components, but you can choose whatever fruit you like best. The crunch of apples can balance out softer cheeses, whilst dried fruit will add a sweetness to saltier cheese.