New Year’s Eve
All Festive Occasions!
Dispense with those little cheese and pineapple on sticks, or those cheese and silverskin onions on sticks, ditch the cheese knife and get creative this New Year with this fabulous and fun “Cheesemas Tree” Cheese Board! I really enjoyed putting this together and it went down a treat last night (for the dummy run) after dinner with friends and family…….I first saw the idea on Pinterest, and pinned the image as an idea for the festive period. As regular readers will know, I am a HUGE cheese addict and so anything with cheese in it, on it and around it is always of interest to me. Cheese makes a daily appearance in the Lavender and Lovage household and is often the main protein when I am cooking on a “veggie day”.
Taking inspiration from lots of cheese Christmas Trees I discovered on-line, I then set out to make my own, based on what cheeses I had in the fridge and also with some of our favourite “cheese fixings”. Most of the cheese trees I saw on-line were made with fruit, and mainly grapes, but, although I know that grapes are a fabulous accompaniment to cheese, I wanted to add a bit more of a savoury element, and I took inspiration from those Retro 1960’s Cheese and Wine parties, where cheese was served on sticks with pineapple, gherkins and little silverskin onions!
I will add my method below, as well as some links to other “cheese trees” I found on-line, but it’s basically little cubes of assorted cheeses interspersed with accompaniments of your choice, such as Cornichons, Silverskin Onions, Baby Plum Tomatoes, Cape Gooseberries and springs of fresh Thyme. The cheeses I used were what was in the fridge, mainly Stilton, Double Gloucester with Onions and Chives and some excellent Wyke Farms Vintage Cheddar. I had lots of other cheeses in the fridge too, of course, as it IS Christmas, but I thought that the selection I made would look attractive on the board and offered a blue cheese, a flavoured hard cheese and a good, strong Cheddar.
I served my “Cheesemas Tree” Christmas Tree Cheese Platter on a cheese board that my husband had made, he loves working with wood, and we all sat around the table nibbling the cheese with slices of baguette and a box of assorted cheese biscuits and crackers. My method and ideas are shared below, along with links to some other Christmas Tree Cheese Platters that I found on the internet…..I HOPE you will enjoy making (and eating) this “Cheesemas Tree” as much as we all did, and don’t forget, you can add any cheeses or fixings that suit you and your guest’s taste requirements…..have a VERY Happy New Year and I will be back JUST before the New Year with a new post and collection of recipes. Karen
How to make a “Cheesemas Tree” Christmas Tree Cheese Platter
200g Vintage Cheddar Cheese, cut into small cubes
200g Double Gloucester with Onions and Chives, cut into small cubes
150g Stilton Cheese, cut into small cubes
150g small silverskin onions
150g French cornichons
150g baby plum tomatoes, or cherry tomatoes
Sprigs of fresh Thyme leaves
- Place the Cape Gooseberry at the top of a large rectangular board and then arrange the cheese cubes in the shape of a tree, interspersing them with the onions, cornichons and baby tomatoes.
- Arrange the sprigs of fresh thyme in and around the cheese cubes, see the photos, and then make the “trunk” of the tree with three cornichons.
- Serve with crackers and/or crusty bread. Can be made ahead of time and covered loosely with tinfoil and stored in a cool place until you need to serve it.
My Last Christmas Tree Culinary Creation!
More Christmas Tree Cheese Platter recipes: