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How to make the ultimate vegan cheeseboard

Vegans need not miss out on this all-time festive favourite

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How to make the ultimate vegan cheeseboard

Whether you've decided to embrace a totally vegan diet – or you're trying to cut down on dairy – you're probably angsting about all the treats you'll be missing come Christmas. After all, what would the festive period be without a big platter groaning with different cheeses, pickles and stacks of crackers? It's the perfect Christmas or New Year starter (or post-dinner delight). Well, angst no more – you can still have your cheeseboard, vegan or not, and we're here to tell you how... 

Start with the cheese 

Variety is key – you can't go wrong with that crowd-pleaser, a tangy cheddar. Provide a big wedge and ensure you allow enough space on the board for guests to easily cut themselves a slice. Add a blue cheese, as well as a creamy soft cheese. You can find vegan options for all three online, including an award-winning Free From Mature Cheddar Alternative – it looks, smells and tastes just like the real deal.

Don't forget the crackers 

What do you like to pair your cheese with? Substantial (vegan) oatcakes, crispy crackers or a crunchy baguette? When in doubt, provide stacks of each to keep everyone happy. You could blow your guests away by making your own crackers – or, better yet, bake your own loaf of bread. Choose from one of these super-simple recipes. Of course, if you'd rather avoid the carbs, you could serve a wholesome spread of crudites alongside your cheese selection – pile up celery, carrot, pepper and cucumber batons, whole radishes or florets of cauliflower. Both healthy and pretty!

Add fruit – and lots of it

A heap of raisins or a large bunch of grapes is the perfect addition to any cheeseboard. Crunchy slices of apple, crisp pears, dried apricots or soft figs also work beautifully, while adding a little colour and decoration to your board. And as we're on the subject of fruit, lets not forget those all-important chutneys and relishes; choose from spiced plum, roasted tomato, caramelised onion or sweet mango. Yum!

Find the right wine 

Is there a more classic combo than cheese and wine? We think not! Whether you opt for a white, red, sparkling or sweet wine, it's the perfect tipple to pair with a cheeseboard. Be sure to look out for vegan wine options, though (those made using without animal-derived fining agents). For a non-alcoholic option, you can't go far wrong with a glass of Nosecco, or chilled fruit juice – apple, pear or pomegranate are winners. Happy cheeseboarding!

Feeling hungry? From vegan cheeses to tasty tipples and moreish chutneys, you can find everything you need to create this stunning starter online, or in your local store