How to select the perfect cheeses for your board

I have to admit cheeses are one of the hardest things to choose when constructing a charcuterie board. There are so many different kinds and options to choose from. Havarti? Cheddar? Blue cheese? And not to mention, you want to please your guests so you want just the right cheeses on your board.

Instead of thinking of the type of cheese, what I like to do is start at taste and texture. By going with this approach, you get a little bit of everything. 

Aged: Gouda, Sharp Cheddar, Gruyere
Blue: Gorgonzola, Stilton, Roquefort
Crumbly: Goat and Feta Cheese
Firm: Parmigiano Reggiano, Manchego, Gouda
Smoked: Smoked Gouda, Provolone, and Cheddar
Soft and creamy: Brie, Camembert, Epoisses, Burrata, Fresh Buffalo Mozzarella

These varieties of cheese provide flavour, texture, and smells. From this list, you can select three to five different cheeses. The more variety, the more your board will be photogenic (aka Instagram worthy) and cater to your guests’ palettes. Be wary of smelly cheeses (blue) since they don’t always appeal to a wider audience.