How To Make The Perfect Cheese Board
Perfect for parties, the holidays, and family gatherings - making a cheese board is an entertaining essential!
- Cheeses You'll want an assortment of at least 3 different cheeses of various textures and flavors.
- Charcuterie Select several dried meats that compliment your cheese flavors, such as Salami, Proscuitto, Soppressata, Capocollo, Mortadella, Chorizo.
- Fruit Dried and/or fresh, use whatever's in season!
- Crackers and/or Bread Include a variety of crackers with different textures that compliment your cheese and charcuterie flavor profiles; and/or sliced baguette or other crusty bread.
- Nuts Choose a few types of nuts that offer both complimenting and contrasting flavors, like candied walnuts and spicy almonds.
- Pickled Things Veggies that are pickled - like beets, asparagus, and cornichons - add great sour notes for balancing the sweetness and saltiness of your other cheese board items.
- Jams and/or Preserves Offer your guests something seasonal and sweet to enjoy with their salt and savory snacks!
- Olives Include both green and black olives, or whatever variety goes best with your cheese and charcuterie selections.
Before starting, visualize how you'd like your cheese board to look to get an idea of your layout. I like to even sketch my designs beforehand!
Paying attention to varying textures and colors, assemble your cheese board with your cheeses, charcuterie, fruit, crackers and/or bread.
Because they are juicy, I recommend including your pickled items and olives in separate dishes on your cheese board.
Likewise, for keeping organized, feature your nuts selection in little dishes.
Include jams and/or preserves in little dishes on your cheese board.
- I recommend using a lovely board or platter made of wood or slate, or other eye-catching and food-safe material, for presenting your perfect cheese board to your guests.
- Be sure to read serving suggestions on nutrition labels of your ingredients to determine serving amounts. You want to be sure there's plenty to go around!
- See my post for tips on choosing the right cheeses for your cheese board: you can't go wrong with a fun selection of different textures and flavors. Try including one firm cheese, a soft and creamy option, something smoky or spicy, and a cheese that's strong like blue cheese - just be sure to keep this one far from the other cheeses!
- Serve your cheese board with several small knives and utensils so that everyone can dig in together.
- You can assemble your cheese board a few hours before your party by leaving off the crackers and/or bread and covering your cheese board with cling wrap.