How to make the ultimate dairy free cheese board
When it comes to creating a dairy-free/ vegan cheese board (that happens to be gluten- and sugar-free… how genius?!) there are certain classical guidelines to make your platter sensational. I’ve partnered up with some of my favourite local brands in order to show you how accessible a dairy- and gluten free cheese board can be so that your friends wouldn’t even know the difference between the fake and real cheese.
Let’s build the cheese board in 6 easy steps:
Step 1: Dairy-free Cheese
Fauxmage nut cheese is an artisan dairy-free cheese offering a variety of Camemberts and chevre cheeses that are made from matured and fermented cashew nuts. Only natural ingredients are used. I absolutely LOVE the packaging as it is used from recycled paper. Also, it looks just like real cheese. My favourite flavor is the olive and rosemary chevre- YUM!
Step 2: Nuts and dried fruit
Next step, we need some crunch from nuts and sweetness from dried fruits. My platter go-to’s are walnuts and dried figs. However, you don’t need to limit yourself. The more variety you can offer, the better. I used dried fruit and nuts from By Nature as they offer the biggest range of preservative-free fruit in South Africa. Further, they specialize in sulphur-free products that are locally and organically sourced. I absolutely love this as it’s really hard to find dried fruits that aren’t sprayed and injected with all sorts of things to make them colourful and juicy. Lastly, By Nature has a sneaky little product that will steal your taste-bud hearts (do taste buds even have hearts??!!) Well, you’ve got to try the dried pineapple. Even if you’re not a pineapple fan like me, these pineapples are something special and sweet.
Step 3: Olives
Obviously, our next step is olives. I serve this on the platter straight from the jar. When it comes to an olive brand I ALWAYS purchase Kloovenburg’s. They have an impeccable and diverse range of olives from the chilli & garlic olives (uhm…yum) to their green olives or rosemary olives.
Step 4: Crackers
I love seed crackers from earthshine as they are gluten- and grain free. PLUS, there aren’t any funny ingredients (like psyllium husks which my body doesn’t like). This product is completely raw and organic. The seeds are air dried at a LOW temperature in order to keep its nutritional value. Love that it's so honest and transparent!
Step 5: Seasonal fruit
Stay seasonal and add your fresh fruits in abundance! I used grapes, pomegranates, figs, and vine tomatoes. Seasonal, organic, delicious and tasty.
Step 6: Fresh herbs
Don’t be shy with the using herbs as garnish. Rosemary, thyme, sage, basil etc. This brings a whole new element to your board. Fill up the empty spaces and transform your board into an artwork.