5 perfect bread and cheese combinations

Hosting a dinner or cocktail party, and wondering which breads go best with which cheeses? Food pairing is an art form, but luckily we’ve got you covered.

5 perfect bread and cheese combinations

Some things were made for each other, and bread with cheese is certainly one of them. The trick to excellence in food pairing is to find a combination that complements but doesn’t overwhelm the flavours of either item.

Combination, texture and presentation

Bread and cheese offer infinite pairings, so let your imagination run free and play with the many combinations, textures and presentation styles. You may find these pairings so good, you scrap the rest of your dinner party menu altogether.

1. Tilsit and pumpernickel

This robust, semi-hard cheese is the perfect match for dark pumpernickel bread.

  • The contrast of the coarse, textured bread pairs nicely with the smooth, creamy cheese, often referred to as the more flavourful cousin to Havarti.
  • Ideal for a gourmet grilled cheese experience!

2. Brie and baguette

The soft, creamy texture of the brie is ideal to contrast with a bread (or cracker) with a tougher or crispier texture, making brie a favourite topper for crostini recipes.

  • Serve it baked on top of garlic-rubbed baguette slices or at room temperature with crackers or grapes.

3. Chèvre and sourdough

Is there anything better than a warm, crusty loaf of sourdough? Served alongside a creamy herbed chèvre (goat cheese), there’s simply nothing better.

  • The slight tartness of the cheese brings out the sourness in the bread.
  • Drizzle with honey to create a truly marvellous flavour experience.

4. Asiago fresco and crusty bread

Italian asiago fresco is a young cow’s milk cheese, soft and moist with the flavour of butter and cream.

  • It's full of tiny holes, making it aesthetically pleasing to serve with hunks of crusty bread.

5. Burrata and toasted crostini

Burrata is a fresh Italian cheese made from mozzarella and cream, with an unusual, soft texture.

  • Serve it on pieces of toasted crostini bread topped with salt, pepper and a dash of extra virgin olive oil.

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