PERFECT CHEESE PAIRINGS
Pulling together a flawless cheese board is a precise art, and once perfected, it can be utilised at a whole host of occasions! Pick your cheeses, add flavours that match, and wines that will complement the experience. Here’s the Mad Millie guide using cheeses you can make at home with your very own Mad Millie Artisan Cheese Kit.
A salty, full-flavour that becomes stronger and more crumbly with age. Best served at room temperature and, because of its sharp flavour, with sweet accompaniments such as fresh apple and pear slices, grapes or a dense fruit paste. Goes particularly well with a fruity red wine like a Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon. If you do decide to serve it with fresh fruit slices, it will also pair well with a sparkling white wine.
The sharp, salty taste combined with its creamy texture makes it ideal for eating with crunchy, fresh tastes. Watermelon cubes and basil leaves go exceptionally well with cubes of feta, but it also pairs nicely with walnuts, fresh and crunchy peach slices, or stuffed into sweet red mini peppers. Pair it with a great Pinot Gris.
Excellent served freshly fried and still warm, yet perfectly happy on its own on a cheese board, with no accompaniments. Best served at the beginning of a shin-dig, so you don’t have to abandon your guests to fry and serve it piping hot. Goes swimmingly with a dry Rosé!
French Style Cream Cheese
Soft and spreadable with a slightly sweeter flavour than traditional cream cheese. Excellent served with blinis or circles of crusty French bread, thin slices of smoked salmon and capers for a stylish, do-it-yourself canapé. Alternatively, blend it with finely chopped spring onions, fresh coriander, and sweet chilli sauce as a delicious dip for plain crackers. Cream cheese and salmon make a sumptuous treat together with a medium-bodied Chardonnay.
You can’t go past slices of fresh mozzarella with fresh cherry tomatoes, basil leaves, a drizzle of olive oil, salt and cracked pepper, served on a toothpick. Also goes well with tangy sundried tomatoes, cured meats and olives, and is well matched to a very light white wine with a crisp citrus flavour, like a fresh, moderately dry Pinot Gris.
All of these tasty cheeses (and more) can be made at home using a Mad Millie Artisan Cheese Kit. Make your cheese board a hundred times more impressive – and cater to your particular tastes. All you need is the kit and milk – no prior experience required!