Entertaining at home – How to create the ultimate cheese board
Entertaining is probably the last thing on your mind with little ones around, but it doesn’t have to be. These simple tips on how to create a delicious cheese board and cocktail will be sure to impress guests.
Just imagine yourself now, sitting around the backyard while the kids play, sipping on cocktails and indulging in cheese with your girlfriends….
Inviting friends and family around and creating a cheese board for everyone to enjoy is definitely one of my favourite things to do. Start with your cheese selection, there are some great businesses on the coast and surrounds creating amazing locally made cheeses. Here on the Coast we have Little Creek Dairy, and just a short trip to the Hunter Valley you will find amazing cheeses from both Hunterbelle Dairy and Binnorie Dairy, both using locally sourced produce to create their cheeses.
You want to have a selection of different flavours and textures on your cheese board.
Great cheese choices could include aged cheddar – sharp and crumbly or a flavoured cheddar (the Hunter Valley’s Hunterbelle do an amazing range of flavoured cheddars), a creamy brie or camembert (we love Hunterbelle Camembelle), a washed rind if you are looking for something a little stronger (like Hunterbelle Goldenbelle), a mild blue cheese (a personal favourite of mine is the coast’s Little Creek Semi Hard Blue). Binnorie Dairy in the Hunter Valley also make an extraordinary Labna, which will really take your cheese board to the next level and impress your guests.
To complement your cheeses it’s always great to add sweet and salty elements to the board – include some fresh fruits like peach, pear, cherries, grapes or figs. A fruit paste is always a fantastic addition including guava, spiced pear, quince or caramelised fig. To add some saltiness, try adding nuts like almonds or pistachios. And it goes without saying that crackers and breads are an essential for your board – be sure to grab an assortment of these. Some wafer thins, seeded crackers and organic sourdough.
Sangria Rose & Strawberry
To accompany your cheese board, wow your guests with this quick, easy and delicious Raspberry Bellini cocktail recipe.
– ½ cup raspberries
– 1 tbs sugar
– 1 750ml bottle Champagne, sparkling wine or prosecco
– In a small shallow bowl, mash the raspberries with the sugar until sugar is dissolved and mix is smooth.
– Pour about a tablespoon of the puree into each of the 4 champagne flutes
– Slowly fill each glass with the champagne and serve immediately
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