Honest, I could eat the foods on this cheese board all summer long.
It has EVERYTHING I love most in the world; cheese, fresh fruit and grilled bread, I mean, what more could a girl need in life?
SO, you guys all know how I am in the midst of finishing up my cookbook manuscript, right (it’s actually due tomorrow…YIKES)? While, thanks to the mass amounts of writing I have been doing the last few weeks, I’ve realized a couple of things. One, I do not have a serious writing style. I like to say exactly what’s on my mind and hold nothing back. I find it kind of cathartic (big word for me, maybe I am learning something!). In no way is my writing style serious or “book” proper. I guess it might have something to do with the fact that I’m only twenty-two, but more than that, I think it’s just my style of writing. And since this is only a blog, and it’s my blog, I can get away with it. In real life, I’m a fairly serious person, but to a point. I like to have fun with my words…does that make sense?
Second thing I realized? I really freaking love cheese. I mean, I knew this, but when writing multiple recipes in a day, it became very, VERY clear. I really dig my cheese and a lot of it.
If you are a true hard-core vegan who skips over the cheese, I am sorry. I did not intentionally mean to have so many cheese filled recipes happening in the book, but I really just cannot help it. Like to me, cheese is the best.
Sidenote: do you guys have stink bugs where you live, or is that just a Colorado thing? We have these black bugs with a really hard shell and when you kill them they release the most God awful smell ever. It’s honestly so horrible, plus the smell lingers and lingers. Not fun, so gross and just horrible. Clearly one was just killed, by mistake, I must have stepped on it, and I am not happy about it. Ewwwwwww!
Sidenote over, on to this Simple Summer Cheese Board.
Cheese boards are like my soul food. I hate that term “soul” food, but it actually applies here. No joke, I could live on the contents of this board, and to some extent, I do. Again, I am very lucky to have been blessed with good genes, although I do believe that cheese should be part of a regular diet. I mean, it probably depends somewhat on the cheese, but for the most part I’m of the mind that cheese is a healthy food. Hello to protein and calcium.
Don’t you guys just love my thinkin? I feel like I really know what’s up.
Anyway, let’s get to chatting about this here board.
So I love having one giant cheese board with tons of variety. Thing is, sometimes having such a big board can be a little overwhelming. So there are times when I just want to create a simpler cheese board, most often it’s during the summer months when I hope to spend as little time in the kitchen as possible. Enter this perfect little cheese board.
OkOK, well it’s not really little, but it is simple. I stuck with just three cheeses, fresh summer fruits, honey and grilled bread. Nothing fancy, nothing time-consuming, but still perfection. I did turn the grill on for some prosciutto wrapped mozzarella, but so worth the effort. It’s a melty, salty mess of amazingness…how could crispy prosciutto and melted mozzarella not be though? YUM.
For my three cheese picks, I decided to go with something soft… hello creamy Humboldt Fog, studded with truffles. Something hard… hello to my super sharp cheddar ribboned with blue cheese. And something on the funkier side… hello stinky gorgonzola. I also included a ball of burrata, because well, burrata is never a bad idea. I like to stick to no more than 3 cheeses, 4 including the burrata, but I see the burrata as more of a fancy mozzarella that everyone can enjoy, so I don’t count it in my 3 cheese rolls. Ok, as I type this I am realizing this doesn’t make any sense, but somehow it made sense in my head at the time, so 4 cheeses there are (remember my head is not the clearest right now). Point is, you should have at least three varieties of cheese. One or two that you know everyone will enjoy, and then two that are more on the wild side of things.
Got it? K, cool, let’s move onto the fruit and bread!!!
You can really use whatever fruit and whatever carbs you love. Since it’s summer, I used stone fruits, berries and figs. You can never go wrong with fruit, whatever you love will work! For the bread, I highly recommend grilling up a loaf of sourdough, it’s kind of epic when paired with any kind of cheese. DO IT.
And then I also like to include aged balsamic vinegar on my board for drizzling, along with fresh honeycomb and or honey, for a nice touch of sweetness. I do love my cheese and honey pairings, no doubt.
From here you can be done, or you can add whatever else you’re feeling!! Cheese boards are meant to be fun and creative, so don’t be afraid to do just that. There are no “rules”. What’s most important is that YOU love what’s on YOUR board.
OK. And now I am done… peace out! Ugh, my brother Red has been down here way too much. Peace out? I mean, identity crisis for sure.
Simple Summer Cheese Board.
- 3-4 wheeles of cheese I like one hard, one soft and one funky
- honey and or honeycromb
- grilled bread or assorted crackers
- fresh berries and figs
- stone fruits
- green olives
- marcona almonds walnuts or pistachios
Grilled Prosciutto Wrapped Mozzarella
- 6 ounces fresh mozzarella cut into 1 inch cubes
- 4 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto
- kosher salt + pepper
Remove your cheese from the fridge 1 hour prior to serving. Room temperature is best for cheese boards.
Arrange the cheese on a large platter or cutting board. Drizzle the funky cheese with honey. Arrange the grilled bread around the cheese. Add the salami and Grilled Prosciutto Wrapped Mozzarella (below). Fill the board in with berries, stone fruits, fresh figs and green olives. Finish with nuts, sprinkle them on or around the cheese.
Grilled Prosciutto Wrapped Mozzarella
Preheat your grill or a grill pan to medium-high. Oil the grate to ensure the prosciutto does not stick.
Wrap each piece of mozzarella tightly in prosciutto. Lay the flat side down on the grill and grill for 2-3 minutes per side. Remove and sprinkle with salt + pepper. Serve on your cheese board or with fresh fruits and aged balsamic.
Happy cheese lovin Wednesday friend! 🙂