Here is a fun Spanish style cheese board idea for your next party! So many great flavors to be had with the Manchego, Imberico, Mahon and Chèvre cheese.
I made this for a our friends Swedish christmas party and it was a big hit! I know… I brought a Spanish cheese board to a Swedish party. I wanted it to be Swedish, but I could’ t find cheese from Sweden anywhere. It turned out that it was good that I didn’t because Erika the host had swedish cheeses she had gotten from Ikea. Ikea? Duh… I never would have thought of going there! I find it strange that you basically can’t find cheese from Sweden anywhere else.
This is mostly Spanish influenced minus the chèvre cheese and some of the crackers but it all works together nicely!
If you want a bigger spread you could add some more to it, like quince jam, fig jam, pear slices, apple slices, green grapes, fresh bread or crostini.
This is great with any Spanish wine of your choosing, like a white or red Rioja, Crianza, Verdejo, Albariño, or a Cava.
Check out this awesome video by Matt Armendariz from Matt Bites that I already posted somewhere on this blog but thought you might have missed it so here it is again! Matt talks about a variety of cheeses and how to group them.
Serves: Approx. 20 people
- Manchego Shortbread Cracker
- Spanish Piquillo Pepper Pesto
- Chèvre Cheese Log – with pomegranate seeds
- Iberico Cheese
- Mahón Cheese
- Water Crackers – plain and black pepper
- Cranberry Hazelnut Crackers – by Raincoast crisps
- Marcona Almonds – with olive oil and salt
- Red Grapes
- Pomegranate – for chèvre (optional) – add the rest to a bowl and serve if you want
- Fresh herbs for garnish – sage, thyme and/or rosemary sprigs.
Start by making the Manchego crackers and while they are baking start the pesto.
Cut the pomegranate in half and pick out seeds. Place them on a paper towel to remove any juice and wetness.
Arrange them on the chèvre log and press them in carefully.
Arrange cheese on a cutting board or platter, add some herbs around the cheeses then fill in the extra space with crackers and fruit.
You will need; a cheese knife for each cheese, a spreader knife and small bowl for the pesto and the same for jam if you decide to add it, a small bowl for the nuts and a platter for the water crackers.