The Perfectly Pickled Cheese Board
The art of making the ultimate crowd-pleaser. Explore our tips, tricks and ideas for creating a tasty showstopper, no one will be able to resist.
Cheese & Charcuterie boards are typically served on a stone or wooden tray/board, coming in many shapes - square, round or rectangle. Don't worry if you don't own one, you can use plates, chopping boards, or even a baking tray, any flat surface will work!
To create a great cheeseboard, we need to start by choosing some cheese!
Cheeses come in so many varieties and types, a tip is to find a mix of cheeses you love, that offer different flavours and textures. See below some examples and some pickle pairings.
Aged Cheeses like Cheddar, which offer sharp flavours and a crumbly texture, pair well with our Sweet & Tangy Pickled Beetroot Wedges.
Soft cheeses like Camembert, offer creamy and soft flavours and texture, perfect to balance our Hot Dill Cucumbers.
Firm Cheeses like Gouda, add a delicious almost nutty flavour and sweetness, great paired to offset the salty flavour of our Haimisha Cucumbers.
Not everyone is a fan of Blue cheese, but this strong flavour is so delicious when combined with the sweet flavour of our Sweet Cucumber Slices.
Charcuterie is the curing and preserving of meats, a charcuterie board is a way to present them in the most delicious way.
Although many cured pork products like Chorizo, Salami, and Proscuitto are popular, there are many other cured meat options to liven up your board! Why not try a Bresaola, or fall into the waters of Seacuterie with Smoked Salmon, Salmon Roe, or even Pickled Herring rollmops, which work so well with the dill flavour of our Pickled Cucumbers!
Combine salty cured meats, such as bresaola, with our whole sweet cucumbers for a delightful Sweet & Salty Flavour.
Sliced Duck Breast and other strong game meats, pair with spicy flavours like our Crunchy & Spicy Pickled Silverskin Onions.
Balance the flavours of savoury Pâté with Sweet and Sour Cucumbers.
Match our Dill Spears with your favourite Smoked Salmon, Gravalax, Caviar for a well-loved and classic flavour pairing.
Mrs Elswood's Perfectly Pickled Cheeseboard must also include a pickled Cucumber, Beetroot and Silverskin Onion. The type, whether it is Sweet, Sour Hot, Whole or Spear, varies depending on what cheese and meat are chosen.
Chunky, deep purple wedges of pickled beetroot burst with a rich, earthy flavour. Perfectly prepared to preserve the beetroot's peak of natural flavour. Serve in a ramekin to save your boards from staining.
Our cucumbers are picked and pickled straight from harvest, ensuring you get the same high quality of taste, crunch and zing for over 70 Years!
These classic sharp and savoury pickled onions offer a refined vinegary sharpness with an added kick of zing & spiciness too!
After you have placed the essentials; Cheese, Meat & Pickles, we can start adding all those special items. Add colour, texture and wonderful flavour combinations. The best thing is you can tailor it to your favourite items!
Use additional bowls and baskets to hold your Baguettes, Crackers and pretzels to save space on your board for maximum items.
Fresh berries like strawberries, raspberries and blueberries make great fillers and you can choose local and seasonal varieties.
Snip grapes into smaller bunches for easy grabbing and grazing.
Adding a pot of honey to your board adds additional sweetness, great if you are adding a lot of spicy items!
Mix and match condiments and sauces from wholegrain mustard to relishes. Place on the board in their jars or in small bowls. Make sure to have some cutlery to help serve!
Edible flowers can add so much colour and vibrancy to your boards. Make sure to add just as you serve, so the flowers are not wilted.
Another great filler item, with so many options. Our favourites are pistachios and walnuts.
When selecting olives, choose ones that have been pitted (or provide a dish for the stones) and serve with cocktail sticks for easy nibbling!
Mini Cheeseboards are a great appetiser or social distance nibble with friends and family. Easy to pull together and still just as delicious.
Go all out, with some fun and delicious drink pairings! See below some of our favourites cocktail recipes.