A Christmas without Stilton would be like a stocking without a satsuma, but if you don’t like Stilton, then consider one of the other 700 named varieties of British cheese.
The British Cheese Board’s cheese flavour map (http://apps.facebook.com/cheese-flavour-map/) is designed to help people discover something new, as it guides people through the different flavours of many of the top British cheeses, and offers suggestions of new cheeses to try out. So this year, why not swap Stilton for Shropshire Blue, opt for a Somerset Brie over the French variety, or try something lesser-known like Leicestershire Red or Yarg.
For the ultimate Christmas cheeseboard, select between three and five cheeses of different types and textures, including hard (e.g. West Country Farmhouse Cheddar, Wensleydale or Cheshire), soft (e.g. Somerset Brie or Cornish Camembert) and blue (e.g. Stilton, Blue Lancashire, Shropshire Blue or Blue Wensleydale) cheeses. You could also include a blended cheese (e.g. White Stilton with Mango and Ginger), and local cheeses, too.
Serve with natural ingredients – these traditionally include grapes, apples, tomatoes, parsley, celery or pickles, but don’t be afraid to unleash your imagination.
Offer the cheese alongside biscuits or crackers that don’t taste too strong or salty. Or as suggested above, if you’re serving Wensleydale or Cheshire on your cheeseboard, or offer some Christmas cake for a festive combination.