Build The Perfect Cheese Board

Assembling a cheese board is so much fun! You can choose your favorite cheeses, fruits, and other snacks and impress your friends and family with your beautiful, cheesy creation.

You’ll want to assemble your board with delicious foods that compliment each other. One of the best parts is that you don’t have to actually cook anything!

#1. Choose your Cheeses

You will want to add several cheeses with different flavors and textures. Thankfully, there are plenty of cheeses you can choose from to maintain a delicious variety.

The following are my favorite go-to cheeses when assembling a cheese board:

  • Brie
  • Cheddar
  • Parmigiano-Reggiano

When selecting your cheese, be sure you choose a variety from the different groups of cheeses. Below are some different cheese categories:

  • Soft
  • Firm
  • Blue
  • Aged

It’s also really fun to throw in a new cheese you’ve never tried before!

#2. Fresh and Dried Fruits

Fruits and vegetables are a great way to add some fresh flavors into your cheese board. A few of my favorite additions to add to my board are:

  • Grapes (both green and red- make sure they are seedless)
  • Freshly sliced apples
  • Freshly sliced pears
  • Strawberries
  • Blackberries

Dried fruits are an equally important component that can add a sweet twist. Some ideas for dried fruits:

  • Dried cranberries
  • Dried mango
  • Rasins

I’m also throwing pickles and olives into this category. A quick stop by the mediterranian bar at the grocery store makes this part quick and easy. Anything from that section (pitted olives, pickles, peppers, artichoke) can bring life to your cheese board!

#3. Vegetables

You can take or leave this category. When you’re making a cheese board for a larger group it’s nice to add a few vegetables to get a little more volume and variety. Here are a couple recommendations:

  • Chopped celery
  • Carrots
  • Peppers
  • Sundried tomatoes
  • Sugar snap peas

#4. Jellies, Jams, and Spreads

Along with your fruits, this is a great way to bring a little sweetness to your cheese board. Adding jellies or jams to your board is a fun way you can choose your favorite flavors and best parings. A few of my go-to picks are:

  • Fig spread- pairs well with brie
  • Raspberry jam
  • Honey
  • Hummus

#5. Nuts

This is a fun section that will add a good “crunch” to your board! Feel free to choose your favorites!

  • Almonds
  • Cashews
  • Walnuts
  • Peanuts
  • Pistachios

You can even get a little wild and try a chocolate covered or candied nut!

#6. Bread and Crackers

Pick a couple different breads or crackers for your board to use as a vehicle for your cheese, this is especially important when you choose soft cheeses for your board.

If you choose not to use bread or crackers on your board, that’s okay too. You can always use other food items as vehicles for your soft cheeses such as your apple or pear slices, maybe even larger pieces of dried fruit!

#7. Meats

The gold standard for meats on your cheese board is to head to the deli counter at your local grocery store. They will have the freshest meats and can even offer recommendations on pairings! Some usual fan favorites are:

  • Prosciutto
  • Salami

Serve and Enjoy!

If you’re serving your cheese board to a large group, go wild and fill your board with as many different cheeses and supporting foods as you heart desires. If you’re serving a smaller group, pick your favorites.

Building a cheese board is a chance for you to put together your favorite pieces of the puzzle to create an amazing appetizer/snack/meal. Choose what you love the best and enjoy!

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