Cheeseboards are a staple at any party or gathering, but as a vegetarian, it can be challenging to create one that is both delicious and meat-free. However, fear not, because a vegetarian cheeseboard can be just as scrumptious and varied as a traditional one, if not more so! In this blog post, we'll share some tips and tricks for creating a fantastic vegetarian cheeseboard that everyone will love.
Firstly, it's important to consider the cheese selection. There are plenty of vegetarian cheese options on the market that are just as flavorful as their meat-containing counterparts. Some popular choices include cheddar, brie, camembert, blue cheese, and feta. For a more diverse selection, try including some artisanal cheeses like goat cheese, truffle cheese, or smoked gouda.
Next, it's time to think about the accompaniments. A vegetarian cheeseboard can be elevated by including a variety of fruits, nuts, and crackers. Grapes, strawberries, and figs are excellent choices that pair well with many types of cheese. Almonds, walnuts, and cashews can add a satisfying crunch, and crackers like water biscuits or sourdough are perfect for scooping up soft cheeses.
One thing to keep in mind is that many cheeses are not vegetarian due to the use of rennet, which is derived from the stomach lining of cows. However, there are plenty of vegetarian-friendly options available, so make sure to read the labels carefully when selecting your cheeses.
Another great addition to any cheeseboard is a selection of spreads and dips. Hummus, pesto, and sun-dried tomato tapenade are all tasty options that pair well with crackers and vegetables.
Finally, presentation is key. A well-curated cheeseboard is not only delicious but also visually appealing. Arrange the cheeses, fruits, nuts, and crackers in an aesthetically pleasing way, perhaps grouping similar items together or creating a color scheme. Don't be afraid to add some greenery like herbs or small bunches of grapes to add some extra visual appeal.
You can use any you want, just make sure they either go with the cheeses you are serving, or you have breadsticks or carrots to scoop them up with, as well as either crackers or bread to spread them on. Here are some of my suggestions, although you’re not limited to this selection: hummus, tzatziki, snezhanka, cream cheese spreads, tirokafteri (spicy feta dip), chunky salsa, alioli, baba ganoush, or Tapenade
Again, use what you want here – unlike other sections here you could get away with just picking one type and sticking with it but I like using at least three different types to give your board more texture. For crackers think thin wholewheat crackers, seeded crackers, salted crackers, small crackers, large crackers etc.
Use at least three. I recommend, tomato jam, red pepper jam, onion jam, blackberry jam, apple jam, onion chutney, tomato chutney, mango chutney, and wholegrain mustard, for example. Quince jelly is also an excellent choice, and sliceable.
By selecting a variety of cheeses, fruits, nuts, and crackers, and paying attention to presentation, you can create a cheeseboard that is sure to please both vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike. So, next time you're hosting a party, consider a vegetarian cheeseboard as a delicious and inclusive option.
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