We've already covered the one-stop cheese board shopping guide. But for the occasions when you have a little more time to gather ingredients, here are a few items that are worth the extra effort.
QUINCE PASTE: Traditionally from Spain, this firm, sweet jelly made from the pulp of a quince fruit is the perfect compliment to salty cheeses like manchego. Cut it up in slices (SEE PHOTO AT TOP - it's in the 1 o'clock position on the cheese board).
HUMBOLT FOG: A little pricier than the Trader Joe's cheeses, but it's creamy, mild taste is a definite crowd-pleaser. A goat milk cheese made by Cypress Grove, with a distinguishing layer of edible ash, guests go nuts for this one. Tastes particularly great on crackers with honey. (SEE PHOTO AT TOP- it's in the 3 o'clock position).
GOOD OLIVES: The Trader Joe's variety I mentioned in the last SHOPPING LIST is great, but if you get the chance to pick from a good olive bar, you're golden. I tend to like Castelvantano Olives (the bright green ones), which are are also available in jars at Whole Foods and many supermarkets. YUM!
FIG JAM: Dalmatia Fig Spread is my favorite. Put a wooden spoon in it and use it as a centerpiece for the whole spread. You can find this at Whole Foods, most supermarkets and here on Amazon, if that's easier. It serves a similar purpose to the quince paste, so you can choose one or the other for your board OR go hog wild and put out both :)
There you have it! A few items to build upon your cheese board staples. The below photo has both Midnight Moon (upper left) and Humbolt Fog (right). There was a crazy amount of cheese on that platter for a very special friend's daughter's bday and we managed to eat it all. Those cheeses are THAT GOOD!