Incorporate Wisconsin Cheese into Your Holiday EntertainingThe state of Wisconsin and the art of cheese making are synonymous. During this season, pick up some Wisconsin cheese to serve at holiday event. Here are some tips from the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board for cheese-course success.
Include three to five cheeses with contrasting flavors and textures, for example, Camembert, Havarti, Aged Cheddar, Parmesan, and Gorgonzola.
Feature “flight” or “vertical tasting” of a single cheese variety – mild, medium, sharp and Extra-Sharp Cheddar for instance, or a variety of blue-veined cheeses. Suggest the guests sample cheeses from mildest to strongest.
Be sure cheeses are brought to room temperature before serving.
For small, informal groups, allow guest to cut directly from cheese wedges or chunks presented on a wood cheese board or tray.
For larger groups, serve cheese cubes that have been cut ahead of time. Include larger chunks or wheels of the featured cheeses to create an impressive display.