A mouthwatering cheese board is with no doubt the perfect way to end a day of festive celebrations. At Westminster, we’ve pulled together our favorite tips to help you create the ultimate festive cheese boards your family and friends will love.
Selecting your cheeses
The best s are the ones that showcase a selection of mouth-watering textures, flavors and aromas. Most of the cheese we know and love belong to four main categories; soft, firm, aged and blue. To really wow your guests this Christmas, choose at least one tastebud tingling cheese from each category. Here’s some super-yummy suggestions:
An assortment of fresh fruits and nuts such as juicy grapes and walnuts will work wonders in enhancing your cheese board… and dried fruit will work just as well too! Scatter some dried figs, cherries and pears around the plate for an added sweet kick!
Classic cured meats such as salami and prosciutto, and salty nuts such as pistachios and peanuts bring a charcuterie element to the plate and truly embrace the flavors of the cheese selection. Top tip! Why not try a slice of spicy Spanish chorizo to heat things up a bit?
The chutneys are sure to come out over the Christmas period and those that go well with festive meats will also pair well with cheese. Introduce small pots of caramelized onion marmalade, apple chutney, spicy mustards, sweet preserves or of course, honey, to your cheese board for a deliciously delightful addition to your cheesy heaven. You won’t regret it!
Accompany your cheese board with a good artisan bread, crackers, biscuit or breadstick. An array of textures and tastes is sure to compliment your cheese and condiment selection.
Tips for laying out your festive cheese board
When it comes to setting out your cheese board, don’t be shy to wow your guests with presentation! Use a nice big wooden board or piece of granite to act as your after dinner showstopper.
Let’s talk about space; it’s important to leave enough room between your cheeses. This will not only make each piece easier to cut, but give the harder cheeses room to breath and softer cheeses space to spread out.
It’s always nice for your guests if you label your cheeses, so they know what they’re trying. It’s also a good idea to number your cheeses with little flags to guide anyone going from mild to strong.
Don’t serve your cheese straight from the fridge. It’s always best to serve your cheeses at room temperature and you can do this by bringing them out at least an hour before serving your cheese board. If you don’t, the cold mutes the flavor and you won’t receive that mind-blowing taste you truly deserve. Be careful not yo put cheeses in a room that’s too hot for too long to prevent them drying out.
Do you have any festive cheese board top tips? We’d love to check them out! Don’t forget to take a look at our recipes for all your cheese needs!
If you’re looking for festive cheeseboard inspiration this winter, look no further!
We’ve teamed up with the fabulous Life’s Ambrosia to give you an insight into the ultimate pairings for your festive cheeseboard! Featuring our mouth-watering range, from smokey cheddar through to vintage, we’ve got you covered!
With the holiday season officially here, how about introducing some fantastic new side ideas to add the ‘wow’ factor to this year’s celebrations?
If you’re looking for cheese inspired dishes to complete your festive dinner parties, Westminster Cheddar has you covered!
Having some delicious tasty dips already prepared and ready to go as soon as your guests arrive is a great way to get the party started.
We’re loving this trio of blue cheese and walnut, sweet potato and ginger and spiced cheddar cheese dips discovered on climbinggriermountain.com. When it comes to recreating this spiced cheddar dip, be sure to try Westminster’s vintage cheddar for a strong and savory bite.
Porcini Mac & Cheese
This mac and cheese by Taste of Home has been inspired by the fall flavor of pumpkin ale making it deliciously perfect for those colder nights.
When we found this recipe for Brie pull apart bread courtesy of Half Baked Harvest it was like ‘we want to eat this now!’ Bringing together delicious tart cranberries and ripe brie all baked in a delicious loaf, it’s just waiting to be shared with family and friends this holiday season!
A fantastic appetizer you’ll make time and time again, whatever the occasion.
Giving the humble carrot a massive make over with simple household staples — olive oil, garlic and parmesan cheese and then a good handful of panko breadcrumbs. Just five minutes to prepare and 25 minutes in the oven, what could be easier. And oh, so tasty.
Eat your greens
Making sure everyone eats their greens can sometimes be tricky. Café Delite’s stove-top green bean and cheese casserole is so delicious everyone will be in line for seconds.
Pulled together with a tasty white sauce packed with mushrooms, garlic and lots and lots of tasty cheddar, why not go big on flavor here and add some bacon for an extra punch.
Cheesy Yam Heaven
And our final suggestion comes from www.forkknifeswoon.com. To complete this year’s festive spread this delicious sweet potato gratin oozes with gruyere, cheddar and garlic cream and is a guaranteed festive crowd pleaser.
We hope you enjoy our cheesy sides for livening up this year’s dinner parties and wish everyone the happiest of holidays! For the ultimate cheddar fix, view Westminster’s range right here.
Cooking dinner after a busy day can sometimes feel like a chore. But next time all you want to do is get home and put your feet up, why not compromise with one of these quick and easy dinner recipes?
We’ve compiled the quickest, yet tastiest, meal inspiration; it’s almost as easy as ‘sling in a pot, stir and serve’! All you’ll need to do is add that glorious cheddar cheese! (Psst, we have plenty!) Let’s get started:
Linguini pasta has just had a delicious make over with this creamy tomato garlic butter shrimp dish that comes together in minutes! Shrimp first gets sautéed in buttery garlic with a hint of basil, before being smothered in a creamy marinara sauce! Serve with plenty of sharp cheddar cheese on linguini pasta.
If you’re craving lasagne but don’t have the time to make it, this stovetop version is just for you! Ready in just 15 minutes thanks to oven-ready noodles and your favourite jarred pasta sauce, all you need is a pan and a helping of Westminster sharp cheddar!
Made with just five real food ingredients, this instant pot Mac & Cheese by Pinch of Yum is ever so easy to make! And, with our fantastic cheeses available nationwide, we can help make this dish not only quick, but truly irritable.
A feast in 30 minutes we hear you say? You’re on! Chef Jamie Oliver has the perfect solution for a night in and it includes a tasty selection tortilla, glazed chorizo, Manchego cheese, cured meats and honey, stuffed peppers and rolled anchovies!
This 30 minute Thai peanut chicken ramen is for those nights when you need a cozy, healthy dinner, and you need it fast. All made in an instant pot (or in one pot on the stove), it’s creamy, spicy, filled with veggies, lean chicken and ramen noodles. Perfect for a cold night in, after a long busy day.
Packed with stilton and wrapped in pancetta, these chicken breast parcels make for a deliciously easy dish that takes almost no time to prepare, yet it’s impressive enough to serve at dinner parties. If you’re not a fan of stilton, we know a great cheddar for a tasty alternative! (link to cheddar)
Stir-fries are renowned for their quickness and in this case, quick doesn’t mean bland with its tender beef and peppery kick! Taking less than 20 mins to prepare, this meal is faster than ordering a takeaway!
Next time you prepare quick meal, don’t forget to try Westminster Cheddar for an extra flavorsome bite! Take a look at our tasty range of cheddar cheeses right here.
With naturally-formed salt crystals, our Farmer’s Reserve Cheddar offers an explosion of taste. It sprang to mind as the perfect choice for Novermber’s cheese of the month!
Why we chose the Farmer’s Reserve Cheddar
This distinctive cheese offers everything a cheddar lover could want. Aged for over two years, our Farmer’s Reserve Cheddar sure packs a punch. It’s a stand-out player in any cheeseboard, particularly when it’s given pride of place as the principle cheddar.
Why we love it
Bold and bursting with flavor, you can’t go wrong with this cheese. It has zingy citrus hints that perfectly compliment the strong cheddar taste. If you’d like to know more about where and how this cheese is made, find out about Westminster’s farm right here.
You need a full-bodied wine to take on this cheese and a Cabernet Sauvignon makes for the perfect companion! However, to pick up on the citrus notes, a fruity Zinfandel is also a fantastic choice. If beer is more your thing, a classic American IPA or Wheat Beer will work a charm. Check out our Recipes for more mouthwatering inspiration.
Where to buy the Farmer’s Reserve
You can purchase our delightful cheddar in Shaw’s, Safeway, Albertsons and Earthfare.
If you’re a cheeseburger lover, it would be a crime not to recognize and explore the plethora of tongue-pleasing toppings that exist in this world!
Most cheeseburger lovers are already well acquainted with the standard toppings. Lettuce, tomato, onion or pickles together with a squirt of mayo, mustard or ketchup, these are all classics that complete a cheeseburger. In a bid to mix things up, we’ve pulled together a list of a dozen alternative, mouthwatering cheeseburger toppings to try! Let’s get started…
Cheeseburger with Bourbon Bacon Jam The Chucky Chef has taken the classic cheeseburger to a whole new level of deliciousness thanks to an easy to make bourbon bacon jam that takes less than 30 minutes to make! Discover the recipe.
Porky cheeseburger with BBQ, slaw and bacon This meat-on-meat burger offers a generous topping of pulled pork, coleslaw, barbecue sauce and bacon. Mmm! We recommend adding a slice of sharp cheddar to complete this dish! Discover the recipe.
Garlic beef burgers with camembert and kale pesto If you fancy something different, this quick and simple recipe for black garlic beef burgers really is easy. Simply top your burger with creamy Camembert and a good dollop of homemade green pesto! Discover the recipe.
Cheeseburger with mouthwatering potato crisps If it’s a savory topping you desire, look no further. This perfectly juicy and easy-to-make cheeseburger has been coupled with long, thin, crispy potato crisps. We adore it the look of it! Discover the recipe.
Avocado Salsa Burger Topping a burger with avocado adds a fulfilling creaminess. Simply chop and combine with tomato, onion, jalapeño, cilantro and a squeeze of lime juice for a refreshing yet piquant topping! Salsa your way to the ultimate cheeseburger with a slice of our sharp cheddar!
Cheeseburger Italiana If you’re making your burgers from scratch, add Italian seasoning to your mince before cooking. Top with mozzarella cheese, heirloom tomato slices, and fresh basil leaves. As an optional extra, why not add your favorite tomato-based pasta sauce for an unbelievable burger recipe. Tip: serve on focaccia bread.
Greek feta cheeseburger Go Greek with a burger creation that’s topped with cool, creamy tzatziki sauce, feta cheese and a tomato salad for maximum flavor. Try swapping your beef burger with grilled turkey or chicken! Discover the recipe.
Wine Country French Burger Low in fat, mustards are a popular choice for a flavorsome bite to eat. Simply construct your burger with a topping of baby arugula, roasted garlic, fresh basil leaves, sliced tomato, onion and dijon mustard for a French feel burger. Discover the recipe.
Sun-Dried Cheeseburger Layer on chopped sun-dried tomatoes, fresh spinach and goats cheese. We recommend adding a grating of sharp cheddar and, if you’re feeling extra hungry, add some pastrami or Serrano ham for a doubly meaty finish. If you’re looking for a winter version, this recipe might be just the thing!
Apple, Brie & Honey Mustard Burger It’s all in the title, simply add a spread of honey mustard to your burger together with brie cheese and three slices of apple! Discover the recipe.
Garlic aioli cheeseburgers Why not try topping your burgers with caramelized onions and garlic aioli for a huge hit of flavor? Don’t forget to complete with a slice of your favorite cheddar cheese! Discover the recipe.
Cheesy pepper and horseradish steak burger Add roast pepper, melted cheddar cheese and a dash of horseradish for a warming bite. Try swapping your burger patty with a sandwich steak for an alternative meaty twist.
What types of toppings can’t you live without? Let us know in the comments below. We’d love to check them out! And don’t forget to get in touch via our Facebook page, Twitter and Pinterest too!
Autumn is in full swing and our cheese of the month is here to help you create the perfect fall harvest cheeseboard! If you’re planning a dinner party with friends or a cosy night in, our Vintage Cheddar is the perfect companion for cheese lovers.
Why we chose the Vintage Cheddar
Aged for 18 months, and well known for being robust yet smooth in flavour, our Vintage Cheddar is an ideal cheeseboard cheddar. It’s a super-strong and powerful cheese with a punchy kick.
Why we love it
Vintage cheddar features a distinctive texture. The cheese is embodied with naturally formed salt crystals while remaining perfectly balanced with a touch of creaminess. This means our vintage cheddar is full of strong, savory flavors without being too overpowering. It’s a cheese that will satisfy the tastebuds of even the most hardcore cheddar fanatic.
Pairings to be savored and enjoyed
Our Vintage Cheddar is the perfect match for a touch of spiced apple chutney and glass of 10-year-old Tawny Port – a traditionally English way to relax!
Where to buy the Vintage Cheddar
Westminster’s Vintage Cheddar is available to buy nationwide.
It’s September and as the kids go back to school we’re thrilled to introduce to you our newest addition to the Westminster cheddar cheese family, our Sharp Cheddar Minis.
That’s right; our famous Non-GMO Sharp Cheddar is now available in snack pack form!
Sharp Cheddar Minis are perfect for school lunchboxes and work ones too!
Ideal for slipping into lunchboxes, snack packs or work bags, they’re a convenient snack for kids and adults alike! Whether at work, at school, at home or ‘on the go’ our Sharp Cheddar Minis can be enjoyed whenever that cheesy fix is required.
The ultimate taste with no genetically modified ingredients
We’re proud of our ability to create cheese of the finest quality and even better, our Sharp Cheddar is certified Non-GMO, meaning it contains no genetically modified ingredients.
Smooth and creamy, our Sharp Cheddar is best known for its sweet and nutty flavor. It’s a well-balanced cheese with a tangy rounded bite. Aged for over 12 months, it features a smooth creamy texture and mouth-watering depth of taste – it’s the perfect entry-level cheddar!
Where to buy our Non-GMO Sharp Cheddar
The fridge-friendly pack of six can be bought nationwide.