Cheese- & Tapas Recipes

Cheese- & Tapas Recipes

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The Perfect Cheese Board

Ingredients

  • Époisses
  • Roquefort
  • Brie (de Meaux)
  • Gouda (mature or aged)
  • Manchego

How should I present my cheese board?

Create the perfect cheese board by choosing a number of different types of cheese. For the ideal balance of flavors, we recommend a mix of a goat's or sheep's cheese, a cheese with a bloomy rind, a washed rind cheese, a blue cheese and a hard or semi-hard cheese. Serve your cheese with delicious garnishes like seasonal fruit (fresh figs or passion fruit), grapes, olives, cashews, crackers and almond bread.

Tips

Serve an uneven number of cheeses: 3, 5 or 7. Assume that each person will probably eat two to three ounces
of each cheese. Serve your cheeses at room temperature for an optimal taste experience.

Last but not least, place a separate knife next to each piece of cheese to avoid cross-contamination and keep flavors pure. Every cheese has its own individual structure and is easiest to cut with its designated knife.


Summer themed cheese platter

BOSKA Summer Themed Cheese Platter - on a Friends L serving board

Ingredients

  • 3, 5 or 7 cheeses – not sharp but mild ones
  • Summer fruits
  • Crackers
  • Nuts
  • Fruit-compote, for example figs or apricots
  • Dried meat/sausages, for example Spianata Romana of parma ham

Preparation

You can create a cheese platter just the way you like it and with the ingredients that you like the most. The choice is yours, be creative! Here you can find some examples of what is nice to put on a cheese platter with summer theme:

  1. Add some nuts that you like, for example walnuts, pistachio or pecan.
  2. The most important thing of all: add lots of delicious summer fruits like watermelon, strawberries and blueberries. Vary in color to create the best effect.
  3. Fold the dried meat a bit so that it looks like a flower. This way it looks a lot more attractive than when it’s presented flat on the serving board. And it’s easier to pick up too.
  4. Use an uneven number of cheeses. Choose cheeses that are not too sharp, but have a mild flavor. And of course every cheese needs to be from a different cheese family, for example – like in the picture – a red bacterium, white mold & blue-veined cheese.
  5. A fruit-compote fits perfectly with the stronger taste of blue-veined cheese.
  6. Add some crackers with for example sea salt, oregano or sesame seeds. Try to avoid ones with garlic or onion, because of their strong taste.

Do you use a wooden serving board? Make sure that you protect it with BOSKA Board Oil. This because red colored fruits can create stains.


Toasted goat's cheese salad    

From our cheese super star Allison Hooper (Vermont Creamery)

Ingredients

  • 4 leeks (the white and light green portions only, washed and cut in half lengthways)
  • 8 tablespoons of olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
  • 4 Crottin cheeses, sliced in half horizontally
  • 8 slices of baguette
  • 1 head of romaine lettuce
  • 7 ounces of cherry tomatoes, halved

Preparation

Preheat the oven to 355°F. Place the leeks on a baking tray. Sprinkle olive oil over the leeks and add salt and pepper to taste. Place the tray in the oven for 5 minutes or until the leeks are softened but not soggy. Let the leeks cool and then thinly slice them. Place the sliced leeks into a medium-sized bowl.

To prepare the dressing, mix the mustard, balsamic vinegar, olive oil and leeks. Let it stand for about four hours. On a baking tray, place a slice of Crottin, rind side up, on each slice of bread, then place the tray in the oven to broil for five minutes. The cheese will become soft, melting slightly and turning a golden brown color.

Place the lettuce and tomatoes in a bowl and top with the leek dressing to complete the salad. Serve it with the grilled baguette slices.


Jalapeño poppers

Ingredients

  • 6 fresh jalapeños, sliced lengthwise with the seeds removed
  • 3.5 ounces of room temperature cream cheese
  • 2 ounces of freshly grated cheese
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • ½ tablespoon of smoked paprika
  • 12 bacon slices
  • 12 wooden cocktail sticks

Preparation

Preheat the oven to 390°F and cover a baking tray with baking paper.

Place the cream cheese in a bowl and add the grated cheese, garlic and paprika. Mix them together. Add salt to taste. Using a tablespoon, fill the jalapeño halves with the cheese mixture.

Wrap the cheese-filled jalapeños in bacon and use a cocktail stick to keep the bacon in place. Place the wrapped peppers on the baking tray and place the tray in the oven for 25 to 30 minutes until the bacon is crispy. For extra crispy bacon, you can broil the peppers for the last two minutes in the oven. Serve immediately!