How To Make The Best Cheese Board

By Rena |

HOW TO MAKE THE BEST CHEESE BOARD – Tips and Tricks on how to make the ULTIMATE Cheese Board with a few easy Steps. Super easy to put together and just a beautiful setup to wow your guests with a beautiful wooden cheese board set up.

 Best Cheese Board on table

A Cheese Board is one of the most popular party foods or dessert options. It can be a real crowd-pleaser if you get it right, or a sad and lonely platter, if you miss the mark! Below are my top tips on how to pull together the Best Cheese Board!

If you are in the mood for other cheese recipes, why not try this popular Easy Olive Coated Cheese Ball recipe or this delicious Easy Cheese Fondue!

Why this is the Best Cheese Board

  • Looks Great: All these lovely cheeses, nestled with colorful fruits on a gorgeous wooden cheese board.
  • A Crowd Pleaser: The perfect mix of hard, soft, creamy, and blue cheeses.
  • Easy to Assemble: No super fancy items needed, simple to arrange.

Ingredients

For the Cheese

  • Semi-Hard: I like Gouda, it’s mild with a soft texture and mildly sweet.
  • Soft Cheese: Blue brie is delicious. The taste is mild for a blue, with hints of mushrooms and tarragon.
  • Creamy Cheese: Goat Cheese, a real power punch of taste. Ripened goat cheese has a stronger tang, and may smell like ammonia. It is tangy, but not sour. An older cheese might taste nutty.
  • Blue Cheese: Stilton. Another powerhouse in the cheese world! Milder than Roquefort or Gorgonzola, Stilton has a rich and mellow flavor with a pungent aftertaste. The finest Stilton is creamy with a subtle, yeasty sweetness and a salty, nutty finish.

For the Extras

  • Dips: I chose honeycomb.
  • Crackers: I like chili and whole grain.
  • Fruit: Kaki, apples, grapes, strawberries are all great.
  • Dried Fruits: Dates add some sweetness, so good!
  • Nuts: Brazilian nuts and pecan.

How to Make the Best Cheese Board

  • Choose the Board – I’d go with a wooden board, it looks great and adds a rustic touch.
  • Add the Cheese: Arrange the cheese around the board. Allow some space between the types of cheese.
  • Include the Extras:  Add extras to complement the cheese, place dips in the middle and surround with crackers, fruit, etc.

overhead shot of the Best Cheese Board

The Best Cheese Board!

When thinking of making your cheese board, the first thing that should come to mind is: Do I have a Wooden Cheese Board Set? If you don’t have one, then you will love this one I used for my Cheese Board. Its heavy-duty and just the right size and I love how you can slide the bottom side where you can store the tools and utensils needed for serving. The Best part is how easy it is to clean and store it. You can get one of these Wooden Cheese Board Set by clicking HERE.

What is the best cheese for your Cheese Board?

Choose about 3 to 4 different types of cheeses varying in texture, color, and taste to give a nice look and different options for your guests.

For Semi-Hard/Hard Cheese: You can use a cheese like Gouda. It is mild, yellow, and famous worldwide. The name Gouda is actually a Dutch cheese that is named after the city of Gouda in the Netherlands. Good to know huh?

For a Soft Cheese: Try something like Blue Brie. It is soft and made usually from cow’s milk. Originated in France and had the nickname “The Queen of Cheeses”

For a Creamy Cheese: I used Goat Cheese. Made from Goats Milk and have a distinct flavor. High in fatty acids and low in milk protein which gives it its smoother texture.

Blue Cheese:  I used Stilton. Known for its distinct odor and taste, not everyone likes blue cheese. It can be made with cow’s milk, sheep’s milk, or goat’s milk, and the final product has cultures of the mold Penicillium added to it that gives it that blue moldy look.

fruits and spread on table

Best extras 

When creating your Cheese Board you can be creative with the fruits, nuts, and crackers you use. Use a variety of both sweet and salty ingredients.

Sweet: Using colorful fruits will make your cheeseboard more presentable. You could use dried fruits like dates, figs, or apricots. Then add some slices of fresh fruits like kiwi, apples, Strawberries, Kaki, and of course some grapes.

Salty: Salty additions can be nuts. Use about 2-3 types of nuts for your Cheese Board. I went for pecans and Brazilian nuts.  Other great nuts to use are walnuts, almonds, and cashews. Among others.

Meats: I personally don’t eat any Charcuterie- which is smoked or dry-cured meat. But if you do, adding some smoked meat, salami, or ham to your meat board will make it even more perfect.

Crackers: Think of different crackers you could use. Choose between 2-3 different kinds for a variety of options for your guests. I used Chilli Flavored crackers and Whole Grain. Take your pick at the grocery store and be creative.

dates and grapes

 Adding a sweet spread to your Cheese Board

Choosing a sweet spread will certainly compliment the overall feel and look of your Cheese Board. Honey is usually used mostly. I used some Honey Comb because I am simply obsessed with them. You can use your favorite Organic or homemade  Jam spread instead of honey if you like.

wooden cheeseboard

Recipe Notes and Tips

  • Keep the knives on the board for your guests to use them to cut the cheese or also use to spread the creamy cheese.
  • You should think of the final touches after everything is set up to get that perfect look. More like the cherry on top of whip cream. So for the Cheese Board, you can add some fresh herbs like Rosemary or cranberries.
  • Make sure the Cheese Board is full of a variety to choose from and make it presentable. Don’t be untidy.
  • Finally, if you want to add some charcuterie, prosciutto, salami, sopressata, chorizo, or mortadella are all good options.

 Best Cheese Board with crackers

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How To Make the Best Cheese Board

Make the Ultimate Cheese Board With these easy Tips and Steps.
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Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 308kcal
Author: Rena

Ingredients

CHEESE: about 2.5 oz. in TOTAL per person

  • 1 Semi-Hard/Hard Cheese: Gouda
  • 1 Soft Cheese: Blue Brie
  • 1 Creamy Cheese: Goat
  • 1 Blue Cheese: Stilton

EXTRAS:

  • 1/4 Cup Dips: I chose comb honey
  • 2 Packs Varieties of crackers chili, whole grain
  • 2 Cups Fresh fruits: kaki, apples, grapes, strawberries
  • 1/2 Cup Dried fruits: dates
  • 1/2 Cup 2-3 types of nuts: Brazilian nuts, pecans

Instructions

  • STEP 1 - Choose a wooden board.
  • STEP 2 - Arrange the cheese around the board.
  • STEP 3 - Add extras to complement the cheese.
  • STEP 4 - Share and enjoy it with your loved ones!

Notes

  • Nutrition Facts for this Cheese Board is a rough estimate.
  • Keep the knives on the board for your guests to use them to cut the cheese or also use to spread the creamy cheese.
  • You should think of the final touches after everything is set up to get that perfect look. More like the cherry on top of whip cream. So for the Cheese Board, you can add some fresh herbs like Rosemary or cranberries.
  • Make sure the Cheese Board is full of a variety to choose from and make it presentable. Don't be untidy.
  • If you want to add some charcuterie, prosciutto, salami, sopressata, chorizo, or mortadella are all good options.

Nutrition

Calories: 308kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 245mg | Potassium: 230mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 245IU | Vitamin C: 1.9mg | Calcium: 86mg | Iron: 0.8mg
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