How-To Make A Passover Friendly Cheeseboard
MATZOH IS BASICALLY CRACKERS & PASSOVER HAS A TON OF WINE. SO...
DO. Select three different kinds of cheese. One should be hard, another should be soft, and the third should be something unique and fun ideally with visual interest. Definitely, seek the opinion of your local cheesemonger if you're into trying something new.
DO. Explore your pantry, cabinets, and fridge for fun extras. I discovered olive tapenade, wasabi peas, and a coffee and sea salt coffee chocolate bar that made great additions!
DO. Pop into a Jewish bakery to nab some Passover-friendly mini cookies.
DO. Add a fruit. Grapes are always a good call. My local gourmet grocery store had a basket of mini apples that were too cute to skip.
DO. If you're feeling the theme, add a bitter herb. Parsley is the classic choice.
DON'T. Mix up your Jewish holidays and put a strong focus on apples and honey or grab a loaf of challah. If it helps, here's the wiki page for Passover.
THESE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS
BREADS BAKERY. Every time a Jewish holiday comes around, this is my go-to shop. They do it best! For this cheeseboard, I decided to incorporate their Orange Marzipan Passover cookies. Their zesty fruitiness is made for the perfect addition.
STINKY BKLYN. One of my girlfriends works at this shop. When I told her about my idea to break up matzoh and make a Passover cheeseboard, she introduced me to Matzo Project and their matzoh chips. SO PERFECT! She also supplied me with my three incredible cheeses. I requested a hard, a soft, and an interesting.
- Dunbarton Blue
- Humboldt Fog
CACAO PRIETO. I recently went to a market lunch at Gramercy Tavern that focused on the incredible flavors of Cacao Prieto chocolate. After indulging (a lot) and chatting with the founder Roger Rodriguez for hours, I became a huge fan of this completely kosher Dominican chocolate. The Coffee & Sea Salt flavor was too up my alley to ignore.
FORTNUM & MASON. Perfect for tea time and any other time you need an elevated aspect to your small bites. I fell in love with their preserves. For this board I went with the Strawberry & Champagne Preserve. (yes I know, with the chocolate above I now have a board with Coffee And Champagne on it! Oh, that so wasn't an accident.)
IT IS ALWAYS A GOOD CALL TO MAKE A CLOSE FRIEND WHO WORKS AT A CHEESE SHOP!
HOW TO BUILD YOUR CHEESEBOARD
1. Pick your aesthetic and stick with it. Here are some thought starters for ya! Modern, rustic, colorful, crafty, sophisticated, playful.
2. Pick a beautiful board.
3. Consider some fabric to drape with the board. This is great for helping to make the board more of a focal point especially if the goal of it is to keep guests happy while you are finishing off the cooking for a bigger meal.
4. Grab a few pinch and condiment bowls. A few different styles for visual interest is ideal.
5. Place your cheeses across the board.
6. Add your matzoh crackers in a couple of places so guests don't have to reach across the entire board for one.
7. Add on your pantry, cabinet, and fridge finds. Anything that can be picked up by hand without causing chaos can go on the board (ie. candied walnuts, apple slices, and cornichon. NOT super roly-poly wasabi peas. Save those for a bowl.)
8. Add your liquidy items into your remaining bowls—things like jams, honey, and tapenade.
9. Use a cheese knife to break some chunks off of the front of your hardest cheese to give it a crumbled visual effect while making it easy for guests to pick from.
10. Place your leafy greens throughout the board to draw the eye from one end to the other.