One of the things we’ve been looking forward to the most during our weekends in, is spending time in the kitchen creating something delicious. After all you should always have a little delicious in your day!
This past Sunday we decided it was finally time to make a spring cheese board. We had some of our usual staples on hand, from our condiments (Bonne Maman honey and jam) to our crackers, nuts and dried apricots. The few items that we didn’t have were recently picked up on quick trip to Fresh Market a few weekends ago. Their mission to keep their customers safe during their shopping experience is nothing short of amazing.
Here’s what we used for our board…
Drunken Goat — Semi-hard
Naked Goat — hard
Cranberry Goat cheese log — soft
Creminelli — Felino (mild uncured Italian salami)
Dried Fruit & Nuts
Dried Apricots/Dried Turkish Apicots
Hu Kitchen Chocolate Covered Hunks — Cashews + Vanilla Bean
Justin’s — Cashew Butter Covered Cashews
Keebler Toasteds Crackers Party Pack (Toasted sesame, Harvest Wheat, Buttercrisp)
Bonne Maman Honey
Bonne Maman Fig Jam
sprig of fresh oregano from our herb garden
While we picked up a selection of both cows, sheep and goat’s milk cheeses, along with some mild Italian salami (we are not salami people, but we knew that it would work perfectly for our small cheese board.) We opted to only feature goat cheeses on our spring cheese board.
While many cheese boards feature two cheeses (a soft and a hard cheese) we opted for three cheeses. The Cranberry Chèvre Log was our soft, the Drunken Goat was our semi-hard, and the third was Naked Goat which we found that we actually prefer grated over pasta instead of just on it’s own, was our hard cheese.
One of the things I loved the most about this board was the ability to mix savory and sweet. Dipping goat cheese or walnuts into honey is divine, and the cashew butter covered cashews with a piece of salami wrapped around it, mind blowing.
The Hu Kitchen Cashews (which are vegan, paleo, sugar free etc) we’ve had on hand for awhile, and it was our first time trying anything from them. We ordered them direct, but Fresh Market carries a variety of their products along with Justin’s Cashew Butter Covered Cashews. (I really enjoyed both, although I’m definitely missing the Almond Butter Covered Almonds that are my absolute favorite!)
We always like to keep a selection of honey’s and jams on hand. For this board, we decided to pair honey and fig jam since they comment both each other, and the fruits and cheeses that we went with.
While you can use an actual cheese board (wooden or marble), we used one of my decorative plates that I previously purchased at Sur la Table (these make the best cheese boards!) With our limited space, it was nice to have some of the smaller jars from the Bonne Maman 10 Ways to Say I Love You gift set that I shared about back in February.
This cheese board is perfect to share between two people as lunch or dinner (my mom and I definitely enjoyed it) but it also works as an appetizer if you have guests over (not in the current climate, but it’s a great idea to consider later.)