V-Day is nearly upon us. And whether you celebrate or not, having the skills to put together a good cheeseboard for two and ditch dinner just makes good, date-night relationship sense. I mean, who hasn’t come home exhausted on a Friday night and thrown some cheese on the table for a quick dinner? So why not plan for such an occasion instead of it being an afterthought? Ok, are you ready? Because I’m about to save your bacon and show you how to create a cheeseboard for two that will knock the socks off your Valentine.
This year our Valentine’s Day will be a bit of a low-key affair. Mainly because my birthday is the day before, and I have a weekend full of festivities planned (and even a little mini-break with my Valentine!) After our trip home on Valentine’s Day I’ll pop together a cheeseboard for two for an easy dinner.
As this is designed to be a meal rather than an appetizer, let’s go nuts. For two people aim for 3-4 kinds of cheese, and roughly 100g of each cheese. While I usually like to theme my cheeseboards, for Valentine’s Day, I suggest picking a few favourites. I went with…
- Semi Hard – Wyfe of Bath – an English favourite of mine and the perfect table cheese.
- Blue – Saint Agur – a French classic. Creamy and not overly strong for a blue cheese.
- Fresh – a French Chevre – I moulded this one into a barrel shape and the rolled in dried flowers
- White Mould – Brilliat Savarin – a delectable, buttery wedge of perfectness!
My biggest piece of advice when buying cheese is to buy from a store that specializes in cheese. While supermarkets sell a vast selection, they are usually not mature, and they’re wrapped in plastic (Which makes many cheeses sweat. Not a good thing!). Instead, seek out someone who knows their stuff and ask them what’s good and in season. Many of my favourite cheeses are seasonal which makes them all the more special when they are available.
The extra bits
The extra bits complete the board. Crackers, always a minimum of two. I went with a water cracker, homemade sourdough (not shown), and seeded breadsticks. Other great options are lavosh, flatbread, and seeded crackers
Whenever I’m serving goats’ cheese I love to include some honeycomb. It’s a total match and always looks the goods!
Fruit. For this cheeseboard, I went with a mixture of both fresh (mini apples & pears) and dried (muscatels). You could also add figs, grapes, dried oranges, cherries, or whatever is in season.
To finish I scattered some peeled, salted pistachios around the board. Nuts are always an easy way to fill gaps on a cheeseboard and bring the whole thing together!
Let’s crank this up a level
See that fresh goat’s cheese I used. Try pressing with fresh herbs (fresh dill always is a treat), fresh edible flowers, or dried flowers, like I did with these Salade de Fleurs by popping some flowers onto a plate and gently rolling the cheese through the flowers. I love using these dried flowers on just a about anything, but against the goat’s cheese, they just make the whole cheeseboard pop!
What do I serve my cheeseboard with?
Red wine, white wine, a glass of fizz… Whatever floats your (and your Valentine’s) boat! Cheese can be enjoyed with anything, so go nuts. Cocktail anyone?
Happy Valentines Day!
PS, Entertaining for more than two? Check out my post on how to create a cracking cheeseboard for a crowd