Cheese is awesome. That’s a fact. I made my first cheese board back in December, and have made several now. They look so nice and classy, but they’re actually easy to put together…and not too expensive, I promise.
I found this blog post about how to make a cheese board on Pinterest, so naturally I feel like an expert on the topic now.
Cheese Board #1 – Cheddar, Havarti, Brie, Garlic Herb Cheese Spread
Cheese Board #2 – Cheddar, Havarti, Garlic Herb Cheese Spread
Cheese Board #3 – Dubliner, Havarti, Smoked Gouda, Garlic Herb Cheese Spread
Click here if you want to read the post that made me an expert. 😉
Basically, here is what you need to know.
- Base: This could be a cutting board or any type of tray.
- Cheese: You need at least 3 types of cheese for a medium or large cheese board – 1 hard, 1 semi-soft, and 1 soft cheese.
- Hard Cheeses: Aged Cheddar, Aged Gouda, Aged Provolone, Gruyere, Parmigiano, Pecorino Romano, Asiago
- Semi-Soft Cheeses: Havarti, Mozzarella, Brie, Blue Cheese, Fontina
- Soft Cheeses: Ricotta, Feta, Goat’s Milk Cheese, Cheese Spreads
- Meat: You really only need one type of meat, or you can have more if you like! I like to do summer sausage. The Hillshire Farm 16 oz summer sausage is about $4.94 at Walmart.
- Crackers: You should have at least 2 types of crackers, one of which should be plain for all of the boring people.
- Fruit: Yes, you must have some type of fruit on your cheese board to make it legit. I like grapes the best, and dried fruits are also super popular.
- Other things: I LOVE the adorable mini pickles that sometimes go on cheese boards, so I obviously recommend those. They are almost too cute to handle. It’s also a great idea to have almonds or pecans.
- Green plants (a.k.a. herbs): People like to add sprigs of herbs to fill in the gaps and make the cheese board look totally classy…but I personally don’t think they should be on the board since nobody is going to eat them! Also, that would be a waste of money for me. If you grow your own herbs and have them handy, then I say GO FOR IT!
- Labels: You don’t have to use labels, but if you don’t then you will likely spend your party time answering questions about the types of cheeses. Here are some links to free labels in case you want them! I think I’ll start using them from now on…
Thanks for reading! Leave me a comment if you have any questions.