Belton Farms ‘Perfect Christmas Cheese Board’
What Types of Cheese?
If you’re looking to create the perfect Christmas cheese board, we would recommend offering a range of different cheese. Having different types of cheese is key, such as – different styles, textures and flavours, the combination of a hard cheese, blue cheese and a brie is a classic mix of hard, soft and blue. The Belton Farm Christmas Cheese Board would include:
- Belton Farm Coloured Cheshire – Supreme Champion at the Nantwich International Cheese and Dairy Awards 2018. One of the oldest recorded cheese, best when aged between 2-3 months, giving a classic taste with an acidic, yet citrus flavour.
- Belton Farm Double Gloucester – A cheese that has won many awards in the past and present. A mellow, buttery flavoured cheese with a straw like colour, best when aged between 10 – 12 months.
- Somerset Brie (Speciality Cheese co.) – Somerset Brie portray a superior creamy taste and richer consistency. The cheese aroma suggests mushrooms with a hint of green grass. It is a mild, fresh cheese with an edible rind.
- Cornish Blue Cheese (Cornish Cheese Co.) – A full flavoured sweet creamy cheese with distinctive character and has been internationally recognised by the many awards it has won.
- Belton Farm Vintage Red Fox – An aged Red Leicester, complex modern British cheese with a brittle yet creamy and caramel flavour, with an unexpected crunch, leaving a final savoury taste.
- Belton Farm Sage Derby – A vat made cheese infused with sage, leaving a green marbling effect. This cheese offers a theatre stand out.
How much cheese is recommended?
We would recommend 50g-100g of cheese per person, as a reasonable amount for an after-dinner cheeseboard or 150g per person if the cheeseboard is being served as a meal or a snack.
The traditional cracker, biscuit or even an artisan bread can complement the cheese perfectly, alongside a choice of chutneys, fruit confits and selected dried fruits such as Mrs Darlington’s Sweet Apple Chutney. We would also highly recommend Peters Yard, who offer a wide range of high-quality sour dough crackers and biscuits, that also accompany the cheese perfectly. However, remember not to overload the cheeseboard with too many additions – A selected chutney, crackers/biscuits and some bread is enough to complement the cheese on the board.
Storage and Presentation:
We recommend the cheese to be stored in a cold room or in the bottom of a fridge, wrapped in its original packaging or in paper, allowing the cheese to breath. When presenting the cheese board, the cheese should be around room temperature, and taken from the fridge or cold storage room approximately 20 minutes before serving, to improve flavours.
Cheese and Wine Perfect Pairings:
White Wine – Sancerre
Red Wine – Zinfandel
Beer – British Pale Ale
White Wine – Chardonnay or Riesling
Red Wine – Beaujolais
Beer – Classic Pale Ale
White Wine – Sauvignon Blanc
Red Wine – Rioja
Beer – British Bitter or Pilsner Larger
White Wine – Chardonnay
Red Wine – Beaujolais
Beer – India Ale