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The Grazing Craze

With the festive season upon us there is no doubt this year’s celebrations will be tricky when it comes to entertaining. If you are hosting a small gathering in your home or embracing the outdoors with a picnic, we have you covered when it comes to creating a grazing board masterpiece.

1. It’s All About the Base Founder of up and coming business ‘Bliss Boards’, Lissa Le says the first step to putting together an impressive spread is “investing in a beautiful board”. Consider size and style, go for something that can double as a dining or coffee table centrepiece.

2. Cheese & Charcuterie Staples A good mix of hard and soft cheese is essential. Lissa’s must haves are triple cream brie, good vintage cheddar, manchengo, blue and goat cheese. When it comes to charcuterie, Lissa’s top picks are San Danielle prosciutto, sopressa salami and coppa. Get your local deli to slice the meats super thin so they fold better for display.

3. Colour & Volume is Key Inject volume, vibrancy and dimension into your board using fresh fruit and veggies. Buy based on what’s in season. Figs, grapes and berries are great additions to any board. Olives, walnuts, pistachios and dark chocolate are also delicious treats to scatter throughout the board to fill any gaps.

4. Safe Serving Ensure each guest has their own tools and plates for safe serving. A sanitisation station next to your board and a plastic covering to place over the board when entertaining are also good ideas.

5. Perfect Pairings Elevate your spread with the perfect wine pairings that bring to life the beautiful flavours on your board. A bolder hard cheese like an aged cheddar can handle more tannic wines such as a Shiraz, Syrah or Cabernet Sauvignon. Try Hardys Tintara McLaren Vale Shiraz. For rich, mouth-coating cheeses, a sparkling wine makes for excellent pairing. Try Jansz Cuvée. Tart and soft goat cheese is perfectly matched with a dry and crisp Sauvignon Blanc. Catalina Sounds Sauvignon Blanc is the perfect choice. A stinky salty blue is balanced with a sweeter dessert wine like port or Brown Brothers Moscato.

Time poor or just want to outsource the hard work? Bliss Boards has you covered. For more info, head to blissboards.com.au