A Charcuterie board is sure to impress your guests this holiday season. There are so many incredible vegan cheeses that your family and friends will absoloutely adore and not even know that they’re vegan. Here are the basic components of a cheese board and how you can make your own. You can use any ingredients that you like and make it completely custom to your favourite flavours. The possibilities are endless!
The cheese is obviously the main component of the charcuterie board. You want to get a wide variety of flavours and textures. I used a variety of hard cheeses, soft cheeses, and cheese spreads. Your charcuterie board will look especially beautiful if you have a variety of different shaped cheeses. My favourite vegan cheese brand is Nuts For Cheese. The cheese is made in London, Ontario and is absoloutely incredible. They’re available in hundreds of retail stores across Canada! They make 5 main flavours:
- Blue Cheese
- Chiptole Cheddar
- Red Rind
- Smoky Artichoke
I also ordered 2 special festive flavoured cheese balls from Nuts for Cheese, Pecan Sage and Cranberry Walnut Rosemary, and they are to die for! All of the Nuts for Cheese cheeses are made of cultured cashews, so it’s the closest thing to real cheese, and they’re super healthy. They also added in an extra cheese in my order and I’m really unsure what it. It has a purple dust on top and it’s a firmer cheese than their other cheeses which are fairly soft. It’s definitely a nicely aged cheese with a sharp flavour. I was so pleased to find it in my order!
On my cheese board I also have Zengarry Sundried Tomato cheese spread and Chao Cheese Tomato Cayenne Slices. All of these cheeses go so well together and offer a large variety of textures and flavours.
I’m not sure how available these Canadian cheeses are in the states, but one popular brand Miyokos cheese is readily available in the USA. I haven’t had the pleasure of trying it yet but I hear the cheeses are incredible. There are so many cheeses available, so check around at your local health food stores and see what goodies you can find!
You’ll want to have an assortment of items that you can eat the wonderful cheeses with! On my board I have:
- Gluten free crackers
- Baguette slices
The possibilities are endless and you can be really creative here.
Adding vegan meats is totally optional. Many prefer not to have such an item on their board and that’s completely fine! There are many vegan meats on the market. They go well with cheese and crackers as well. I have smoked tofu on my board, but again the possibilities are endless.
Dips and Spreads
You can have so much more than just cheese on your plate. Dips and spreads to pair with the cheeses are a great option to. On my plate I have Red Pepper Jelly. You can do:
I also have pickles, figs, and some fresh parsley on my board. This way there’s a bit of sweet, sour and tangy, and freshness to pair with everything else!
You can get as creative as you like. Have fun making your delicious and beautiful charcuterie board!
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