One of my favorite things about hosting is creating a cheese board. Cheese boards are a great way to get creative with colors, textures, and flavors. Whether it’s fancy or simple, you can’t go wrong with treating your guests to yummy cheeses and other goodies. Here are some tips on how to make a fabulous cheese and charcuterie board for your next get together.
The first thing you need is your board. It doesn’t have to be an actual board — it can be anything you have in your kitchen including a baking sheet, pizza pan, or cutting board. It can be any material you like, such as wood or marble. I use this Wood Marble Square Platter from Crate and Barrel that was given to me as a birthday gift last year.
I love trying new cheeses so I like to include a wide variety for my guests to try as well. I would recommend sticking to at least 4 different kinds of cheeses. My go to’s are soft, semi-soft, hard, and spicy. If you’re feeling experimental, you can include a flavored cheese as well (which can be a hit or miss.) In this board I included:
• Soft: Brie
• Semi-Soft: Havarti, Roquefort
• Hard: Cheddar
• Spicy: Pepper jack
• Experimental: Garlic and herb goat cheese, cranberry chèvre
One of the great things about cheese boards is you can be as experimental as you’d like. You can choose to do just cheese and fruit, or throw in some charcuterie. I like to include a couple different kinds of meat to pair with the cheese like:
• Beef summer sausage
Lastly, you want to add a some fun sides that will pair nicely with your cheeses and give your board some color. Some people like to add jam, honey, or mustard. I love including fruits and olives. In this board I included:
• Red, green, and purple grapes
• Greek kalamata olives
• Pomegranates and Rosemary for garnish
You can’t have a cheese board without crackers. I’m a big fan of having more space for cheese (can you blame me?) so I like to present my crackers on a separate platter. If you’re keeping it simple with your cheese, meat, and sides, adding crackers on the board is a great way to fill the space. It’s good to have a few different types of crackers for your guests to try. I like to include rice crackers (they’re gluten free and not bold in flavor), flavored crackers like fig and olive or fruit and nut, and something fun looking like breadsticks or a wide shaped cracker.
I hope this was helpful and I’d love to hear any favorite sides you like to include on your cheese boards.