How to Make a Cheeseboard

How to Make a Cheeseboard

  • Pick your cheese board: wood, slate, or marble.
  • Pick your cheeses: Choose cheeses of different size, texture, milk, and flavor.
  • Always serve cheese at room temperature.
  • Remove hard cheeses from the refrigerator an hour or two before serving to let the flavors develop.
  • Soft cheeses or small portions need less time outside the fridge to reach room temperature.
  • For a buffet, provide a separate knife for each cheese spreaders for soft cheeses, sturdy blades for hard cheeses.
  • Make sure any plate decorations or leaves are clean and dry.

Simple Cheese Course Accompaniments

  • Salty foods: Nuts, olives, charcuterie, cornichons.
  • Sweet foods: Dried or fresh fruits.
  • Fruit: Figs, apples, grapes, strawberries, pears, peaches, or melons when in season. Dates, quince paste, dried apricots or other dried fruit work well in winter.
  • Breads & crackers: French baguette, sweet Italian, rustic artisan loaf.
  • Olive, raisin or walnut breads are especially good with blue cheeses.
  • Spreads: Fig jam, honey, preserves, or tapenades.
  • Chutney and other relishes are frequently used especially with English style cheddars.

Learn More about the cheeses in this recipe: A variety cheeses