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There is nothing more eye appealing than a beautiful cheese board! Even better – they are easy to make and they can really feed a crowd depending on the size. See how simple it is to make a DIY board in minutes!
The Versatile Art of a Cheese Board
I’m going to be honest: I did not always appreciate the tasty edible art that is a cheese board. Oh, I’m sure I have encountered plenty of boards over the years, swiping pieces of cheese here, some grapes there. But it wasn’t until about 5 or 6 years ago when my friend Melisa made a beautiful cheese board for a fall get together that I really took notice and decided that they were completely fabulous.
Not only do they look pretty, I love how you can customize them to your holiday, party, occasion. You can make a traditional board with meats, cheeses, fruits and nuts. Cheese boards can be tailored to wine and beer selections to make great pairings. You could ditch the cheese altogether (gasp!) and make a dessert board with different chocolates or sweet treats.
We were at a restaurant last week called Terrain Cafe and they had a bunch of boards on their menu! There was a cheese board, of course, a breakfast board, even a hummus board!
Any Time is a Great Time for a Cheese Board!
I used to be intimidated by the thought of making a board. I wasn’t sure what to put on it or how to stage the ingredients. I found that the best way to perfect your board skills is quite simply to dive right in and start making them!
Bob and I love cheese boards so much that sometimes we will opt for a board in place of a traditional meal. The last few years on Christmas, after we have sent the kiddies to bed and after a long day of presents and family time, we will make a board for our dinner. We enjoy a delicious board, pour some wine, put a fire in the wood stove, and watch a Christmas movie like National Lampoons Christmas Vacation. It’s the perfect way to unwind after a long day and requires no cooking.
How to Make a Cheese Board
Cheese board essential supplies:
- Cheese Board (there are so many varieties! I’ll list some of my faves below.)
- Smirly Board and Knife Set – Platter for Wine, Cheese, Meat
- Cheese Board Set – Stainless Steel Cheese Knife Two Serving Trays
- Unique Bamboo Board, Charcuterie Platter & Serving Tray for Wine, Crackers, Brie and Meat
- Full-Bundle Board and Food Serving Set, Bamboo Charcuterie Board with 4 Wine Coasters, 3 Ceramic Bowls, and Cutlery Set
- ÉLEVER Cutting Board
- Large Stone Age Slate cheese boards with Soap Stone Chalk
- Villa Acacia Wood Board and Serving Tray, 23 x 7 Inches
- Set of ramekins
- Cheese Knife Set
For this board in particular, I used:
1/2 cup almonds
1/2 cup cashews
3/4 cup dried dates
2 cups green grapes, on vine
1 cup purple grapes, on vine
200g package Salami
200g package Italian sausage
100g thinly sliced Melba toast, as needed
Wheat thins, as needed
How to assemble this board:
1. Place the nuts and dates in separate ramekins and place diagonally on the board, evenly spaced apart.
2. Place the cheeses in a similar pattern, going the opposite way.
3. Add in the grapes, on opposite sides of the board as much as possible.
4. Fan out the meats and place in 4-5 places throughout the board.
5. Add in the crackers where any open space exists.
Beautiful! Feel free to sub out other cheeses, meats, etc to fit your taste preference!
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