Cheese with Accoutrements
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Cheese with Accoutrements

There is an enormous scope of accoutrements one can serve with a cheeseboard that enhance and compliment their tastes.

Hello my name is Jennifer Joyce, I am a food expert and I am going to talk you through pairing cheese with accoutrements.

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Dutch Cheeseboard

A rule of thumb for pairing is if it’s salty it wants sweet and if the cheese is sweet it wants salty to get the best flavour match.

Salty foods tend to go best with milder flavoured cheese. If you are using Mild Gouda or a Vincent on your cheeseboard, compliment it with some salty nuts or olives. The Frans Hals would also work well.

Here are a few salty accoutrement suggestions:

  • Marcona almonds
  • Pistachios
  • Walnuts
  • Hazelnuts
  • Green and black olives
  • Fresh fruit, like figs, pears and apples provide a crisp and refreshing taste that works well with goat's cheese and are perfect with the Frans Hals. Dried fruit is a great accompaniment with most cheese, particularly the Vermeer.

    Here are some sweet accoutrement suggestions:

    • Dried fruit -figs, grapes, figs, apricots, prunes
    • Honey
    • Fig cakes
    • Fresh fruit and veg
    • Black and green grapes

    For full flavoured cheese like the Rembrandt, chutney is ideal. The combination of rich tasting flavours are complimented by the sourness of the chutney.

    Here are a few suggestions:

    • Tomato chutney
    • Fruit relishes like fig or plum
    • Italian moustarda (fruits in mustard syrup- 'a wasabi like jolt of mustard')
    • Chili jam

    There are many different types of bread that work well with cheese.

    Here are just a few suggestions:

    • Nut bread
    • Toasted sourdough
    • French baguette
    • Breadsticks
    • Crackers
    • Oat cakes