How to put together a fabulous cheese board

How to put together a fabulous cheese board

Making a cheese board without breaking the bank is simpler than you might think, the possibilities are truly endless.

Cheese boards can be as fancy as you’d like, but mostly it’s best to keep it simple, with 2-3 meats, 2-3 cheeses, a pile of crackers, and a few handfuls of snack foods.  You can pull something together in about 5 minutes or spend half an hour assembling something fancy.

The secret to a great board? Just pile it on there. In all seriousness, you might not think you have what it takes to pull together a great board, but I bet you do. If you’re a fan of fancy meats and cheeses, go for it with all your favourites.

Simply load up a couple different deli meats folded into piles, some sliced cheddar, a wedge of brie, crackers or cheese biscuits, maybe even toasted left over bred, and whatever fresh veggies, fruits, and nuts are in your fridge/cupboards.

When you’re ready to build your board, start with the cheese. Ideally, there will be a mild, medium, and strong cheese. That could be a mild brie, a medium or sharp cheddar, monterey jack, and a stronger smelling cheese like stilton, or a goat cheese.

For a budget tip, splurge on a small chunk of your favourite fancy cheese and fill out the rest with the much less expensive brie and cheddar options.

You really don’t need much meat. Just a little scattering of meats on the board for salty savoury bites. Capocollo, prosciutto, salami (there are countless varieties of hard and soft salami that you can try), plain old ham, turkey, and roast beef will work as well. Don’t be intimidated by all of the choices.

Next, pile on a few different crackers. Use a basic sea salt cracker, a multigrain or wheat cracker, and then a nutty cracker that’s filled with dried fruits or other more unusual ingredients. Then add pickles and olives in little bowls most of the time so that their juices won’t mix with any of the other ingredients.

Add little bowls with a spicy jam or pickle and a sweeter option, honey, mustard, fresh vegetables, dried fruits (apricots, apples, banana chips, oranges, pineapples), nuts and fresh fruits.

Then add other random things like roasted peppers, pepperoncini, sun-dried tomatoes, pickled onions or gerkins, wasabi peas, edamame………. Sliced and toasted leftover baguette makes a nice addition as well.

And of course, serve it on a personalised board from Oh My Gift!  CLICK HERE for our favourite selection!

Chris Herbert