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Learn how to make the perfect cheese board

Last minute guests or just not in the mood for cooking? Surprise your guests with ornate platters of cheesy goodness. But which cheese should you use? And what should accompany them? Learn all about the perfect cheese board here!

The cheeses

The most important part of the cheese board is also the part where you can let your imagination run wild. To make it easier for you and your guests, write the names of the cheeses you are serving them. Another tip is to rate how strong the cheeses are from 1 to 3 (mild to stronger) so your guests can pick and mix how they prefer it. Make a mix of different textures and flavours from the different cheese families, and serve at room temperature.

The Renard family also includes cheese shops like Van Tricht (with Frederic’s Cheese and wine bar), Schollaert, De Kaasfee, Kaashoek, ‘t Kaashoeveke and Kaasatelier, where you can pick up both cheeses and drinks for your home party.

Don’t forget that guest who is not a big fan of cheese, by adding some charcuterie to your board. Patés, some prosciutto and other fine (cured) meats should do the trick. Vegan guests? Spoil them with homemade hummus and vegetable spreads or try Pa’lais. An organic vegan spread very resemblant to cream cheese made in Belgium.

The sides

Create a mix of sweet and savoury that will help accompany the cheeses, but will also provide a way for your pallet to cool down after all those strong cheesy flavours. For the savoury department: think olives, pickles and a variety of nuts like almonds and cashews. Other accompaniments could be mustard or sundried tomato tapenade. the Sweet: besides the classic dried and seasonal fruits you can make your board stand out by adding confitures, chutneys, onion jams, honey, filled figs or prunes.

The bread

Offer a variety of bread to your guests. Some that cannot miss: baguette, some whole grain or nut bread and a variety of crackers for those stronger cheeses.

The drink

Julien Renard was created specifically for cheese. The drink is based on a Braeburn apple and finished with mountain herbs and walnut. There is a pleasant and earthy undertone with a nice kick in the end. Julien should be served at 6°C, in an after-dinner glass.

How to Garnish

Finish it off with some garnishes. This is a great way to give your cheese board a personal and seasonal touch. Use edible flowers, fresh herbs, or additional fruits to give your board the look and feel you want.

In short: you don’t have to be regionally or culturally specific, nor do you need to be an architect to lay the perfect cheese board out. They are a fun and versatile way to make you and your guests happy. So run to your nearest cheese shop or order online and add some flavour and attitude to your cheese plate with Julien Renard.

 

– The Ladies of Renard –

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