Have you ever wondered how to make a Cheese Board? Some people call them Charcuterie Boards, but in my neck of the woods, we don’t mind if you just say cheeeeeeese. 🙂
I love cheese. Actually, I probably love it more than I should. But, I’ve found I’m not alone. Cheese boards are all the rage right now, and have been for a long time. They’re the perfect appetizer at every party, and so much fun to create!
Cheese Board Basics
CHOOSING A BOARD – The first thing to look for is a cheese board that will be versatile and stunning at the same time. I found this amazing board on Amazon that has 3 layers of live-edged wood! You can find it here. (ad) There are many lovely cheese boards to choose from that are made of materials such as slate, marble, glass or wood. (ad)
DECORATIONS – This is optional, but I like to decorate around the outside of cheese boards for the season. Look for dried fruit slices at the craft store, or use other seasonal decor such as mini pumpkins, gourds, or fresh cranberries. Fresh foliage and berries are fun, but craft stores also sell faux-foliage that looks incredibly real.
SELECTING THE CHEESE – Once you’ve gathered your board and decor, it’s time to select the cheese and accompaniments. I’ve been known to visit the cheese section for extended periods of time while searching. I especially like stores that allow you to taste what you’re buying. 🙂
As far as cheeses go, I tend to choose varieties my guests will like. A sharp Cheddar is always popular, and my guests usually love Havarti or Muenster. Although some include Roquefort, I have found most people don’t eat it, so it’s best to go with familiar cheeses. Keep in mind what colors and shapes you might want to fit your board.
THE PIZAZZ – Accompaniments put the pizazz in your board, so have fun with it!
- Dippers – crostini, crackers, fresh veggies, bread sticks, baguette
- Dried fruits – dates, apricots, cherries, figs, pineapple
- Fresh fruit – grape clusters, blueberries, cherries, cranberries
- Cured meats – pepperoni, prosciutto, salami, mortadella, chorizo
- Dips – pimento cheese, cream cheese, pesto goat cheese, hummus
- Nuts – smoked almonds, pecans, walnuts, pistachios, cashews
- Olives & Pickles – kalamata, manzanilla, roasted garlic, gherkin pickles
- Chutneys & Spreads – apricot, fig, tomato jam, mustards, honey
- Fresh Herbs – rosemary, thyme, oregano
ASSEMBLY – Putting your cheese board together is so much fun! Even if you’re not the creative type, you can do this. Remember three things…
- Add the cheeses first, spread them out, and cut a few slices off blocks.
- Place liquid items like olives, hummus, and spreads in small bowls.
- Fill in the gaps with nuts, dippers and dried fruits. Garnish with herbs.
SEASONAL DECOR – If desired, add decorations you’ve collected around the outside of the cheese board to celebrate the season! Think of the word ‘flowing’ as you decorate. Keep it light and wispy to match the decor of your table centerpieces.
Above all, have FUN with it! Your guests will love the yumminess!Print
Have you ever wondered how to make a cheese board? Here’s your guide to one of the most popular and easy appetizers to serve at holiday parties.
- 8 oz. block sharp Cheddar cheese
- 8 oz. block Havarti cheese
- 2 cups olive medley with roasted garlic (from deli)
- 1 large red seedless grape cluster
- 1 pkg. sliced salami & pepperoni (from deli)
- 2 cups pistachios with shells
- 1 cup dried apricots
- 1 sleeve savory crackers
- 1 bag herbed crostini (from deli)
- rosemary to garnish
- Slice cheddar cheese and place on cheese board (ad) toward one side.
- Place Havarti cheese on board diagonally from cheddar.
- Spoon olive medley into 2 small bowls and place near cheeses.
- Arrange grape cluster on board near cheese.
- Roll slices of salami and pepperoni and place on board in an empty space.
- Fill in gaps on board with pistachios, dried apricots, crackers and crostini.
- Garnish with fresh rosemary sprigs.
Substitutions can be made for all of the above depending on the season.
Decorate the outside of the board with seasonal decor if desired.
See detailed directions and photographs on QuicheMyGrits.com
- Category: Appetizers
- Method: By Hand
- Cuisine: American
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