Pictured above – the fantastic beetroot chips accompanying a cheese platter, with vegetable crudites, nuts, Italians hams and olives. Plain crackers (not pictured) were also served.
Team this up with white or red wine according to personal preference and you can nibble away at leisure. This dish is easy to set up, just select a number of cheeses from the deli counter. Most specialty shops or even supermarkets will you let u sample the cheeses before deciding on which to buy. These are my suggestions for variety when catering for a number of people:
– Try to include different textures and flavours. Most cheese belongs to one of four basic categories: aged, soft, firm, or blue. For a good variety, choose at least one from each group. Some examples:
Aged: Aged Cheddar, Goat Gouda
Soft: Brie and Camembert for richer tastes, mozzarella and Gbejna for more delicate flavours.
Firm: Parmigiano-Reggiano, Romano
Blue: Gorgonzola Dolce, Stilton
– You can also try selecting cheeses by the type of milk used (cow, goat, sheep).
– Serve at least one familiar cheese.
Remove cheeses from the fridge at least 40 minutes before serving as cold temperatures will mute the flavours.
I served a mature Cheddar, a rich Stilton and some creamy Brie.
Beetroot chips were gifted by my sponsor. They taste exactly like what you’d expect dried beetroot to taste, with no artificial additives or salt added. They’re tangy and earthy and your hand will just keep reaching out for more. Remember those New Year’s resolutions? Cutting out junk food is getting easier. Get your beetroot chips here.