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! (ad) There are many lovely cheese boards to choose from made of materials such as slate, marble, glass or wood. (ad)
DECORATIONS - 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. 🙂
TYPES OF CHEESE - 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!
Dips To Use On A Cheese Board
Just about any dip will work on a cheese board, but here are a few of my favorites:
- Spinach Artichoke Dip
- Smoked Pimento-Jack Cheese
- Pesto Goat Cheese with Raspberry Sauce
- Basil Pesto Sauce
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