Cotswold – a double glouster cheese with onions and chives added. This tastes a lot like a medium white cheddar, but creamier. In England this is known as a popular pub cheese and served with cold beer. I love it with dark rye or pumperknickle bread!
English Cheddar with Caramelized Onions – again another one of my very favorites! This one is addictive for me…again, I love it with dark rye or pumpernickel. Also known as Abbot’s Gold.
Harlech – This Welch cheese has a strong, creamy cheddar that is blended with horseradish and parsley. This cheese gives a great contrast to a cheese board.
Royal Stilton – England’s best! Creamy, smooth and milder than many other bleu cheeses. YUM! Great for breads, crackers, pears or apples. Don’t eat rind.
Manchego – Sheep’s milk cheese. Firm, creamy, buttery cheese with a distinctive sheep’s milk flavor.
Rauchkase – Semi-soft, rich, buttery Bavarian cow’s milk cheese; smoky aroma with a delicate smoky flavor. Brand: Bruder Basil
Smoked Gouda – Holland’s most famous export is Gouda. This Gouda is hickory smoked and has a nutty, creamy flavor with a robust smokiness that is great for snacking! Excellent with cold beer.
Kirchtagskase – Sunday’s Best – A hard cheese from the Alps, piquant and spicy flavors of herbs with a nutty taste.
Gruyere de Comte Reserve – Nutty, slightly salty French Gourmet cheese.
Boursin – cow’s milk and cream (spreadable cheese), garlic, salt, pepper, parsley and chives. Available in other flavors.
Busseto: Poivre Moulu – flavorful Italian dry salami rolled in black pepper. Available in other flavors.
Salami Tartufo – dry pork salami flavored with black truffles.
Breads & crackers…
German Dark Rye Bread
Cocktail Pumpernickel Bread
Your favorite crackers – Mine are Breton Sesame!
I am addicted to Blue Diamond’s BOLD Wasabi Soy Sauce Almonds…they are soooo good!
Don’t forget fresh seasonal fruits like, peaches, pears, apples, pineapple, grapes, and strawberries.
Cheese boards can be very expensive to make, but if you’re having guests over for a wine tasting or party, it’s definitely worth buying great cheeses! Most of these cheeses are available at larger supermarkets like, Central Market, Whole Foods, HEB, some liquor stores like Spec’s, and you can order them online at places like, igourmet.
So, how much cheese do you need? I like to make trays with anywhere from 3 to 7 different varieties, depending on how extravagant I feel. A good rule of thumb is about 4 ounces per person if the cheese tray is an appetizer and about 6 to 8 ounces if it’s your main course. I usually go overboard because I get so excited about buying the cheeses. I get stumped at the store because I can’t narrow my selections down…there are so many that I like ~ and I definitely want leftovers for me later!
Once you buy all the goods, It’s best to slice hard cheeses into bite sized pieces, semi-hard cheeses into cubes or wedges, soft cheeses into small wedges, while leaving your spreadable cheeses whole with a cheese knife along side. I like to break apart bleu cheeses into manageable, rustic chunks, while leaving large pieces in the background to help identify the cheese. The larger pieces can be cut by the guests as the pre-portioned pieces run low. Arrange your cheese, fruit, nuts and meats on a large platter or wood board with several cheese knives. Don’t forget your crackers, breads and toasts. Use your imagination, the sky’s the limit!
I would love to hear from you! Let me know what your favorite cheeses are…I would love to try them!!!