10 Best Cheeses for Your Next Charcuterie Board
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To make an epic charcuterie board, the best cheeses have to be selected. It’s not just how delicious each cheese is individually, but how well they pair with the charcuterie meats to make the best flavor combinations. To help you assemble the most impressive offering possible, we’ve carefully selected 10 premier cheeses from around the world.
Old Amsterdam Goat Gouda Cheese Wedge
Every self-respecting charcuterie board needs gouda cheese. Our pick is Old Amsterdam Goat Gouda, a multi-award-winning cheese from the Netherlands. Its creamy texture with a slight crunch of crystals, its smooth and distinctive goat flavor, and hints of nuts and caramel have earned it a sterling reputation the world over. Old Amsterdam Goat Cheese has been awarded the Diamond Taste Award a whopping 10 times. It also earned a silver medal in the Aged Gouda category for the 2016 and 2018 World Championship Cheese Contest in Wisconsin. Rich and robust, it is excellent on its own, but also versatile enough for a number of excellent pairings.
There is only one Jarlsberg, and that’s not just a compliment—it's a fact. Unlike other cheeses which have dozens of varieties and brands, Jarlsberg is the one and only brand for this type of cheese. This Norwegian cheese is actually the end result of a dedicated experiment conducted in the 1950s by researchers attempting to craft “the perfect cheese”. What they came up with was a product with a buttery, rich texture and a mild, nutty flavor that pairs nicely with just about everything. Jarlsberg will fit in seamlessly on your cheese board no matter what you serve.
Mitica Drunken Goat Cheese in Red Wine
Most people enjoy a glass of wine with their charcuterie platter, so Mitica went ahead and infused red wine straight into their goat cheese! This semi-firm goat cheese from the Murcia region of Spain is cured for up to 72 hours in a traditional Spanish red wine. The result is a bright white cheese with a purple rind that has a beautiful, smooth fruit taste. It’s a great way to offset any strong flavors on the board.
Queserias del Tietar Monte Enebro Cheese
Queserías del Tiétar surprised the cheese world in 2003 by winning the award for Top Goat Cheese in Spain. Monte Enebro Cheese has the creamy texture of a goat cheese and the impactful flavor of a bleu cheese. Add this Spanish goat cheese to your next charcuterie board for greater dimension and depth of flavor. Accent it with raw honeycomb or some refreshing fruit.
La Cabezuela Tradicional Semi Curado Cheese
Another award-winning item, La Cabezuela Tradicional Semi Curado is a traditional Spanish goat cheese aged for two months and salted by hand. It won the bronze medal for World’s Best Cheese 2011-2012 and 2015-2016 for its combination of grassy and earthy flavors. The edible rind that develops during the maturation process provides a pleasant aftertaste of fresh wild mushrooms.
Amatrice Pecorino Gran Riserva di Grotta
Pecorino cheese is one of the most well-known in the world. Amatrice Pecorino Gran Riserva di Grotta is a crumbly Italian pecorino that has been aged in caves, just like the way ancient Rieti shepherds used to make it. There, the cheese is seasoned and matured in a low-light, cool temperature environment, resulting in a beautiful spice that is best enjoyed with jam and honey.
Collier's Easy Mellow Cheddar
There are untold varieties of cheddar cheese, so it can be daunting to pick the right one. One surefire choice is Collier’s Easy Mellow Cheddar aged for five or six months. As its name suggests, this Welsh cheddar offers a creamy, smooth texture as well as a well-rounded sense of sweetness and standout flavor. Its mildness makes it a highly versatile cheese that can please people of all tastes.
Truffle Spanish Cheese Wedge
A true gourmet platter is not complete without truffles! The strong, earthy flavor of this delicacy is infused with the nutty taste of this Spanish Manchego cheese for an amazing combination. The Truffle Spanish Cheese Wedge is a hard cheese, so it brings a much welcome texture variation to the charcuterie board.
Casa Madaio Rosso Cheese
The Casa Madaio Rosso Cheese is a seasoned cheese from Campania, Italy. Sweet pecorino is aged for two months and then uniformly dusted with red pepper powder before being stored for another four months. The unique red “rosso” coloring on the rind is both beautiful and piquant, creating a spiced pecorino that will go well with lightly smoked charcuterie meats.
Finca Pascualete Cumbre de Trujillo Cheese
Finca Pascualete Cumbre de Trujillo Cheese is a pasteurized sheep’s milk, semi-cured cheese made according to ancient tradition. Aged for 45 days, this Spanish cheese possesses a creamy texture and a well-balanced taste, finishing on the palette with a subtle spiciness. Its nuanced flavor earned it a Silver Medal at the 2017 World Cheese Awards. Spread Cumbre de Trujillo cheese on bread and drizzle it with honey for a salty-sweet treat.
- Taylor Markarian