Pair According To Taste
Other Components You Can Add to the Pairing
There are other items you can pair with cheese and meat to enhance their flavor. You can try and complement your combinations with the following:
- Bread or Crackers: In a hurry? Simple bread and crackers will do the job. Simplicity is the way since you want the meat and cheese to shine and not the bread. Thin slices of toast or breadstick should be enough for you. Light flavored crackers are also great to heighten the taste of the meat and cheese.
- Olives and Pickles: These are the perfect contrast to the meat and cheese flavor. The sourness of the olives and pickles cleanses the flavor so you can enjoy another bite without the lingering taste.
- Honey and Jams: Honey and jam add sweetness to the meat and cheese pairing. Especially if you’re serving brie or blue cheese, honey mixes well with it.
- Nuts: The crunchiness of nuts surprisingly goes well with cheese and meat. You can add whatever nut you prefer. Experiment with walnuts, pistachios, pecans, and other nuts.
- Fruits: The most common fruits you can use are grapes, raisins, dried figs, and dried apricots depending on the season.
Tips for Preparing the Cheese
Preparing the cheese is important otherwise the pairing could end up messy. Cheese compliments the flavor of the meat and you need it perfectly prepared. Use the following tips to prepare your cheese:
- Make sure you slice the cheeses before serving them. It makes it easier for guests to prepare their meat and cheese.
- Cut firmer cheeses into ¼ inch slices. Cut the softer cheese like blue cheese into small bites.
- Remember cold cheese and room temperature have a huge difference when it comes to taste.
- Make sure you have a serving knife available as they may want their cheese cut differently.
- Allow the cheese to sit out for about 20-30 minutes before serving.
You’re now a step closer to assembling a perfect pair of cheese and meat. Remember that it’s better to experiment and find a combination that would suit your taste. If you’re doing this for an upcoming gathering or picnic, then you’ll never go wrong with adding an assortment of accompaniments to mix things up.