It’s time to ring in the New Year! Whether you’re heading out to party or cozying up in pajamas, celebrate the arrival of 2017 with a New Year’s Eve cheese board.
As you already know, we love Wisconsin cheese boards. They are our secret weapon for easy entertaining at any occasion. With a well-curated variety of Wisconsin cheeses and accompaniments, cheese boards are a deliciously sophisticated way to kick off the start of a brand new year.
This spread starts with two staples, Wisconsin aged cheddar and blue cheese. Aged cheddar is one cheese everyone can agree on. It’s rich and nutty, pairing well with hearty crackers, cured salami and juicy grapes. Earthy and pungent, Wisconsin blue cheese balances the board with its flavor and crumbly texture. Tame its intensity with sweeter pairings like grapes or dark chocolate, and a swig of bubbly.
Merlot BellaVitano® from Sartori—a Wisconsin Cheese original—is an extra special touch here. A cross between aged cheddar and parmesan, this fancy-feeling cheese is soaked in merlot wine, giving it an addictive tang and gorgeous plum-hued exterior. It’s slightly sweet flavor pairs well with salty salami or cashews, or with dark chocolate for a dessert-like bite.
Cheers to a happy and delicious 2017!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Wisconsin aged cheddar cheese
- Wisconsin blue cheese
- Wisconsin Sartori Merlot BellaVitano®*
- Dark chocolate
- Olives (plain, or marinated with Wisconsin feta cheese)
- Salted cashews
- Soppressata (or other dry, cured salami)
- Wheat crackers
- Champagne or sparkling wine
*Sartori BellaVitano® cheese comes in a variety of flavors. The Balsamic, Black Pepper and Raspberry flavors are all good options for this cheese board.