Creating a cheese board is simple and can be done without spending a lot of money. I purchased all the cheeses and meats pictured above, from Aldi for just under twenty-five dollars. (Not sponsored, I just love Aldi)
The important thing to remember when creating a cheese board is to have a nice mix of cheeses and pairings for all tastes.
It’s also important to have a nice mix of hard, soft and spreadable cheeses.
I always like to pair a salty salami or cured meat with soft creamy cheeses and a nice dried fruit with hard and salty cheeses.
A well executed cheese board is a great way to wow your party guests or hosts, especially if you don’t know how to cook. Take a look below at some tips on how to build that board!
What To Include On Your Cheese Board
1 or 2 Soft Spreadable Cheese like – Brie, Goat Cheese, Camembert, Or Even a Flavored Cheese Spread.
1 Cheese To Crumble That’s Salty – Feta, Bleu Cheese, Parmesan, Asiago
1 or 2 Types Of Cheese Everyone Will Recognize – Cheddar, Mozzarella, Provolone, Monterey Jack, or Colby
1 Type of “Stinky” Cheese – Stilton, Taleggio, Roquefort, Muenster
1 Type of Seasonal Cheese – There are many types of seasonal Cheese varieties.
2 to 4 Pairings – nuts, dried fruits, different varieties of honey, jams, pickles, olives, capers.
2 to 4 Meats – salami, smoked meats, smoked salmon, sardines, anchovies, or pepperoni to name a few.
2 to 3 Crackers or Breads – I like to use a plain cracker like saltines, a flavored hearty cracker like a Triscuit and something unique like a wafer or a pita cracker. Breads are always a good option too!
Most of the cheeses and accompaniments above pair well with any wine or beverage too!
Take my advice and you will be the hit of your next party or social gathering!