A Cheese Platter Treat for our 90th Birthday Celebrations
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This month, we're celebrating our 90th anniversary! We've been baking pork pies in the heart of Yorkshire for 90 years now, perfecting that golden brown bake and making pies just right.
We wanted to show you throughout the month how we're celebrating; beginning with our pork pie cheese platter. There's a few things that we're doing this month, reflecting our celebrations with the Autumn flavours with our own cheese board parties with champagne. There's nothing better than a cheeseboard in our opinion; snuggling in with a roaring fire, good company and tasty treats!
Here's how we create our ultimate cheeseboard...
- French Baguette
- Fruits – we went with red and green grapes and sliced lemons
- Mini pork and pickle pies and cheese snack pies
- Brie, Jarlsberg and Wensleydale Cranberry cheese – you can, of course, choose any cheeses you like, but we would recommend a few varying flavours and textures for your cheese board which give depth to your board and ensure every guest eating it is catered for in terms of their favourite cheeses.
Easy to create, you just need to put it all together. We usually have quite a long physical board – or create one by putting multiple boards in a row down the middle of a table which means that that when lots of guests are round the table, everything’s within easy reach. With this in mind, you can repeat cheeses and accompaniments so that every section has similar treats so everyone gets a taste.
We would dot mini pork pies all down the board too – perhaps in a cute pattern – delicious on their own or with a bit of cheese on top to compliment the flavours. Add some fruit too – grapes are always great to slice in half and pop on the top of your cheese covered pork pie which just adds another texture and flavour. You could also add some salted almonds – the salted flavour coupled with the crunch of the almond adds depth to the platter.
We always find that with a cheese board, you need varied flavours which ensure that the entire dish isn’t too overpowering. The cheese is delicious but it needs to be broken up with various treats to work through as you move through the selection. You also need to consider how many cheeses you want to feature – not all cheeses are the same and you do need a selection though bear in mind that some are more popular than others so if it’s for quite a few guests and you’re not sure of their favourite type of cheese, it’s best to stay with classics – Brie, Cheddar, Camembert etc.
Dips – you need a good dip. We’re partial to some Branston Pickle with a cheese board – especially great when paired with a mature cheddar. You could also try coleslaw and a pot of hummus which would mean you could also add some crudites – which are great dipped into the hummus or the Camembert. Along with a French baguette, we usually have a selection of crackers too – top tip here is to buy a box of variety crackers so that whatever cracker your guests prefer, you’ve got it!
There you have it – a really easy cheese board recipe with our tips and tricks. Remember to pair with your favourite Vale of Mowbray pork pie – we like to pop a few mini pork pies throughout the platter which makes it much easier to share – you can mix this up by having some plain and some flavoured with our pork and pickle mini pork pies.
We’d always recommend that you match your drinks to your cheese board too. The flavours of your drink can often take away from the cheese which is a shame when that’s the main highlight. If you’re going to go with one drink, we’d advise you to ensure it’s either a white wine or a beer. The wine should be very slightly sweet but not too sweet so you still get the richness of the cheese shining through. Try a French dessert wine, always our favourite is a Sauternes which we think goes the best with a cheeseboard.
If beer is more your thing, just make sure it’s not too strong so that you can still taste the cheese and not just beer! According to our research, a beer that’s not too strong will bring out interesting flavours within the cheese so for instance, hops helps emphasise the floral notes. Try a pale lager or a slightly hoppy lager with a cheese board.
Partial to a G&T? Don’t be constrained by traditional drinks with a cheeseboard! Try a flavoured gin such as a rhubarb with elderflower tonic to be a delicious treat with the cheese. Though there’s advice about what to drink with which cheese, it’s more important that you enjoy it and ultimately, pair light cheeses with light beverages and heavy cheese with heavy beverages. Just keep trying with different drinks to your platter and you’ll find one that works for you!