Cheese Please! Cheeses To Include In Your Holiday Charcuterie Platter
What's better than cheese, we ask you?
We recently teamed up with Buck and Bloom, the Charcuterie caterer extrodinaire to come up with the perfect winter-themed cheese and meat board for your holiday celebrations, even if it's for a party of just you and your fam. Here are the six cheeses Victoria Kinzel, founder of @buckandbloom recommends adding to your charcuterie platter, plus where to find them.
Winter Cheese and Meat Charcuterie Board
Blue Roquefort Carles: A sheep milk blue cheese made in France. It is handmade, small production and is intense, fruity, beautifully marbled with a unique texture. In my opinion it is the Cadillac of blue cheeses. I paired this with a super dark chocolate from [a place called] Taza in Somerville.
Washed Rind Tomme de Verbier: (melty, wrinkly rind) Is a soft-ripened, cow's milk cheese from Switzerland. It is milky, tangy and brothy with a ros rind. I paired this with cornichon and a gooseberry jam.
Gouda (XO GOUDA): A cow’s milk Gouda from the Netherlands. It’s aged for 40 months. It’s packed with salty crystals and umami. Gives off a peanut butter brittle vibe. I paired this with the Sopressata and fruity luques olives that I put on the board!
Spruce wrapped Rush Creek Reserve: Is a cow’s milk cheese from uplands cheese in Wisconsin. It’s coveted this time of year. It’s smooth and custard-like texture pairs perfectly with any and all of the cured meat and cornichons.
Cheddar/Alpine ( Lincolnshire Poacher): A firm cow’s milk cheese from the UK. It has grassy, nutty, sharp flavors that make it taste between a cheddar and an alpine cheese. Paired with crunchy, toasted hazelnuts, a German cranberry mustard and cornichon.
Goat (Tomme Addrienne à la Truffé): It’s a soft ripened goat’s milk cheese laden with summer truffles. It’s multidimensional so I paired it with fresh raspberries, honey and also Marcona almonds.
To accompany the cheeses, speck, prosciutto di Parma, sopressata and coppa round out the meat portion. And dried fruit, peacock farms sultanas, fresh fruit, crackers, jams and honeycomb finish off the board.
Kinzel suggests shopping Trader Joe’s for produce and nuts and Whole Foods for bread, prosciutto, crackers, specialty marcona almonds and some cheese. And a local cheese shop or salumeria for cured meats and cheeses and specialty items like imported mustards and jams. "My favorite Boston cheese shop is Formaggio, specifically the Kendall square location!"
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