Your Ultimate Cheese Board Guide
Your Ultimate Cheese Board Guide

Your Ultimate Cheese Board Guide

The Ultimate Cheese Board Guide

I have a challenge for my lovely gourmet getaways readers. I would like you to think back to the last cheese platter you served your guests, or took to a party. Thinking about what items you used on the platter I am curious to know, do you create interesting seasonal cheese and fruit platters, or do you stick with the same ingredients each time?

Close Up Cheese Platter

Close Up Cheese Platter

I didn’t realise I had been stuck in a serious “cheese board rut” until last week.

Each time I prepared a platter it would contain two cheeses, water crackers, cabanossi, olives and sundried tomato. I might mix it up a little with the cheeses or add in salami, but I have been throwing this basic combination together since the early 1990’s. Shameful…and I call myself a foodie!

Tuckers Naturals Cheese Platter

Tuckers Naturals Cheese Platter

Do you think it might be time for a change? I certainly did! With the warmer weather on the way, I knew picnics and barbeques would start to feature on our weekend agenda. I decided it was time to reconsider my cheeseboard construction and try some new ingredients and combinations.

The Ultimate Cheese Board Guide

Tuckers Naturals Platter Builder

Tuckers Naturals Platter Builder

Here is a really useful chart from Tucker’s Natural that is full of great paring ideas. If you click on the image, you will be able to enlarge the selection.

As I looked through the suggestions I was really excited, I was sure the flavours would bring my cheese platter to life again. So I decided to put the products and a combination to the test. My “older style” heavy antipasto platter was full of calorie dense items and cured meats, whilst all the suggested combinations contained a nice balance of delicious fresh ingredients that would lift the cheese and add a seasonal fresh feel to the board.

Tuckers Natural Foods

Tuckers Natural Foods

After taking some time to look through the cheeseboard guide I settled on a combination I wanted to try. I had two birthday parties scheduled for the weekend. Given they were on the same day I decided to produce the same cheeseboard twice, for simplicity.

I selected the Tuckers Natural Multigrain Crackers that are made with Quinoa and paired them with an ash coated goat’s cheese. Keeping with a light Spring theme, I used the Tuckers Natural Passionfruit and Mango fruit paste and sliced some fresh pear to go with the other elements. Finally I added some rocket and a nice handful of honey-roasted cashews.

Pear & Cheese Platter w Honey Cashews

Pear & Cheese Platter w Honey Cashews

When I looked at the platter I was truly pleased with the change in style and flavour. The platter looked elegant and I was excited by the thought of presenting and eating something a little different to the old familiar items.

I had a quick read of the packaging so I would know if I should be limiting my consumption. I was pleased to find that the crackers were packed with natural soluble and insoluble fibre. Fibre is fantastic for all sorts of health reasons, but for me it means I know I will feel full longer, which is important when you’re trying not to over indulge. The calorie count on the crackers was also very surprising, 90 calories for 1/4 of the box!! I was very happy with that!

Passionfruit Paste & Goats Cheese Platter

Passionfruit Paste & Goats Cheese Platter

It’s not often I find guilt free nibbles that provide valuable nutrients so I decided to have a very generous “taste test”.  The passionfruit and mango fruit paste was completely different to any other cheese platter paste I’ve tried.  Other paste brands tend to be very firm and difficult to spread but Tuckers Naturals had a smooth jam like consistency. The flavour matched the pear and goats cheese I had chosen beautifully and was perfect for a spring platter. I was equally pleased to note that the fruit pastes are vegan friendly and Gluten Free so they can be enjoyed by a larger range of food loving individuals.

Modern Cheese Board Flavours

Modern Cheese Board Flavours

The Quinoa crackers had a lovely, earthy, grainy texture and taste which was great for the platter also.  All the flavours were very complimentary.  I can’t believe it has taken me this long to try a more modern version of a cheese platter.

Tuckers Naturals Crackers

Tuckers Naturals Crackers

The Tuckers Naturals products are available in any good supermarket or online at Tuckers Natural. I’m now looking forward to trying the spiced cherry paste, with blue cheese on my next platter. Have I convinced you to try some interesting flavour combinations?




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Comments

  1. I always get carried away with my cheese platters as I feel you always need one hard, one blue and one soft to balance a board…..but then my favourite hard is different to the Boy …so we get two hard cheeses and then this translates over to the softs and the blues and before we know it, we have a board to feed an army!

  2. I could talk about – and eat – cheese all the live long day. Most days I do both. I have my fav soft cheeses but often mix it up with hard cheeses. I keep talking about making my own crackers – this is yet to happen.

  3. I love cheese and have just recently been appreciating more of them. I just felt like I attended a Cheese Platter prep class with this article :). Thank you!

  4. Love Tucker’s products, Julie… and what a fab guide to cheeseboards!

  5. Now if we could just get these products here!
    Have a beautiful day.
    🙂 Mandy xo

  6. Yours looks fantastic. I rarely make one up that looks good at all. I had a cheese platter in my hotel room here tonight (in Gold Coast) and it had a lovely walnut roll and delicious grapes… made me realise how simple and effective a cheese platter could be. Mind you the crackers were plain, these ones you have here look much more interesting.

  7. Looks incredible!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

  8. Looks delicious love to sample this, thanks for sharing this beautiful post,

  9. I do try to make a cheese platter look interesting by not only providing a variety of soft and hard cheeses, but also adding in some colours and textures with fruits and nuts. Those crackers are excellent and I have bought them in the past xx

  10. That does look delicious and the platter builder chart is nice.

  11. Great tips!

  12. A great guide to cheese board, Julie. I don’t see those crackers over here…they look so good.

  13. Ooh what a useful chart. My sister-in-law used to work at Puhoi Cheese Cafe so she was always bringing home beautiful cheeses to try. I always like to include a fruit paste and some nuts as well.

  14. This has now planted cheese in my mind…love the guide. A well thought out cheese platter is a beautiful thing.

  15. Spiced Cherry Paste with Blue Cheese. Oh yes please…I adore cheese, however tend to not take a lot of care when serving it – it goes on the same platter, same combo, same crackers – time to change it up..perfect in time for summer entertaining – thank you xx

  16. I like the how to build a cheese board diagram – makes life easier!
    Berny I only eat desserts
    Cheese Board Platter

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