Now that the busy holidays have passed and winter has settled in, hopefully there is a little more lingering by the fire with family and friends. And with shortened days comes longer nights, allowing us to spend more time enjoying shared meals and conversation. Appetizers to share, like a Wisconsin cheese board, are one of the best ways to bring everyone together and facilitate friendly banter.
Our winter Wisconsin cheese board features some savory, some sweet, but all delicious flavors. Here’s how you can build this seasonal spread.
- Start with 5-year-aged Wisconsin cheddar, which is complementary to most accompaniments and a perfect pairing for a glass of warming scotch or brandy.
- Next, select a hard cheese for its granular texture and salty taste. Our board features Wisconsin parmesan paired with cranberry-orange compote, fresh pomegranate or grapes to balance the saltiness with sweet flavors.
- Next, choose a creamy, soft-ripened cheese, like Wisconsin brie. Buttery and earthy with a touch of sweetness, brie is great for pairing with savory items like salami or with sweeter items like sugared cranberries.
- Lastly, round your winter cheese sections with a semi-hard variety, such as Wisconsin edam. Nutty and buttery in taste, edam is mild enough for all palates. Pair it with a more flavorful accompaniment, like a panforte made with dried fruits, nuts and spices.
For more Wisconsin cheese board ideas and tips, visit EatWisconsinCheese.com.