Minimal preparation, maximum flavour – that’s what I think about Meat and Cheese Boards. You can easily customize to your tastes and can make them as small or as large as you need. It’s a definite necessity for entertaining this holiday season!
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Hey everyone! I’m super excited today to bring you this Meat and Cheese Board! I know, I know, it doesn’t take much to excite me but, what can I say? I love food. Entertaining and Meat and Cheese Boards go hand in hand, if you ask me. But, a meat and cheese board is not just for entertaining. This is something hubby and I eat on the regular, especially on Friday night for a fuss free dinner (with wine, of course).
Two Is Better Than One
As part of my final Cheese of the Month Club, I’m bringing you not one, but two, varieties of delicious artisanal Canadian cheese.
The first cheese, Baluchon, made by Fromagerie Baluchon from Quebec, is an organic semi-soft cheese with a mild, milky taste and texture. It’s been made since 2004 and, neat fact, the word ‘baluchon’ is a French word for ‘backpack.’ The cheesemakers gave it that name because they wanted it to have its place at every table, just like a traveller. So, the next time you’re on a game show or something and are asked this, you’ll be prepared 😉
The second cheese, Boerenkaas, is made by Natural Pastures from Vancouver Island. It’s made only from milk from local farms and aged for 6 months, giving it a semi-soft, slightly crumbly texture
Both of these cheeses were fabulous, and it was fun taste testing them!
I love how casual and easy to prepare meat and cheese boards are, still the presentation is always beautiful. I wouldn’t even call this a recipe per se, more like an ‘assembly.’
How to Prepare a Meat and Cheese Board
Some key items to include when creating your own meat and cheese board for a cocktail party are –
• 4-6 types of cheese, each with different flavours and textures and allow about 2 ounces of cheese per person. Cut the varieties of cheese into different sizes for interest. For example, cut the Baluchon in cubes and the Boerenkaas in triangles.
• 3-4 types of your favourite charcuterie and allow about 2-3 ounces of meat per person. A selection of prosciutto, your favourite salami and mortadella are delicious options.
• Lots of bread, cut into bite sized pieces and toasted
• A variety of crackers are great
• Nuts (whatever your favourite variety) is an awesome addition
• Dried fruit, like apricots, cranberries and dates
• Pickled vegetables, like green beans, onions and some olives
• A spread, like a fig jam (my personal favourite)
• Ensure you have lots of utensils and napkins for everyone.
Another thing I love about a Meat and Cheese Board is mixing and matching with the ingredients. Try different cheese combos with different meats and spreads. It’s fun experimenting! And, guess what? Dairy Farmers of Canada has a promotion, so you could get your little hands on one of these beautiful platters shaped like Canada. All you have to do is purchase four participating cheeses and send the info to them. More details can be found here.
Despite being the last ‘Cheese of the Month’ feature, this is not the last of the cheese recipes from me! If you remember when I posted my first cheese feature in April, when asked ‘what’s your favourite food’ for my high school yearbook, my answer was anything with cheese. I think at this point, I’m 99.9% cheese, lol. So, I’ll still bring you guys fabulous cheese inspired recipes in the months ahead 😉
Now, get to it! Start creating your very own delicious Meat and Cheese Board! There are so many fabulous cheese crafters in Canada – ’tis the season to try something new!
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