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How to Build the Ultimate Christmas Cheese BoardIf there’s one thing that we love at Christmas, it’s a cheese board. Once the leftover turkey has been wrapped up and stored away in the fridge, there’s nothing better than settling down with the Queens Speech and a nice selection of cheese and biscuits. But when it comes to creating a cheese board that everyone will love, it can be a tricky business. Whether you’re wanting to amp up the Christmas afternoon snacking or want to wow your dinner guests with a cheese platter to remember, we’re here to help though with our guide on how to create a perfectly balanced cheese board that will take you from Christmas day through the New Year and beyond. We camembert when our cheese board isn’t balanced and think it’s always a gouda idea to have a nice combination of flavours and textures. While it may be tempting to serve up the entire cheese section of your local deli, keeping it simple with 3-4 choice cheeses is a much better option. A good rule of thumb is to serve a soft cheese, a hard cheese, a blue cheese and a fluffy, creamy option like goat or sheep cheese. Something Soft A nice wedge of creamy French Brie is perfect around Christmas time. It’s as delicious smeared on a cracker as it is with crunchy French bread so it’s a great all-rounder to kick off your cheese platter. If you’re buying British this year, opt for Somerset Brie instead. Camembert is another good option on the softer side! Something Blue Blue cheeses like Christmas favourite Stilton are often thought to be at their best around the festive period, as they’re made in the summer and allowed to ripen, making them perfect around December. The perfect Stilton shouldn’t have a crumbly texture and should have a creamy colour. The texture you’re looking for is that of cold butter. Roquefort is also another tasty option. Something Fluffy Previously a bit of a love or hate option, goat and sheep cheeses have really gained popularity over the past few years and are a great way to add a softer, creamier texture to your platter. If you're wanting to keep your cheese board to the British isles, a nutty Somerset goats cheese is a delicious option. Something Hard A good way to round off your cheeseboard is with an aged cheddar. Most mature cheddars are aged for around 13-14 months while extra mature farmhouse varieties tend to use the last of the summer milk and are aged for around 15 months. Try not to opt for supermarket bought mature cheddars as these tend to have a wetter, waxier texture, opt for something from a smaller producer for a deliciously strong taste and interesting texture. Serving Tips Believe it or not, cheese is actually best when served at room temperature. Remove from the fridge up to 2 hours before serving. Accompaniments Blue cheeses work better with something a little sweeter so a sweeter digestive type biscuit works best while soft cheeses work well with a light, crisp cracker. Fruit and nuts are perfect for adding a tang and crunch to your selection – some grapes, chopped up figs or apples work well to cut through the savoury flavours while a scattering of walnuts add crunch. As for pickles and chutneys, a good rule of thumb is that anything that works well with your festive ham will work well with your cheese board. Leftovers Got a couple of cheeses left over that are past their best? Take some inspiration from the Alpine nations and hold a fondue party. Melt your cheeses together, add a touch of garlic and a good glug of white wine, prepare a selection of dipping items and enjoy!