A few lessons from the French on how to create an easy cheese board whether you’re making a snack or throwing a party, start with this beginner’s cheese board.
The holiday season is nearly here. Although, if you enjoy entertaining like I do, the subject of this post is relevant at pretty much any time of the year. One of my takeaways from the Cheeses of Europe event I attended last week was some simple advice about how to put together a cheese board. Another takeaway was that blue cheese is not the villain I once thought it was. The cheese pros there coerced me into trying it with a bit of honey drizzled on top and I was dumbfounded by how…not disgusting it was. This little tip kind of blew my mind and I’ve been enjoying it ever since. To me, a cheese board is good for grazing off of at a party or as an appetizer. Apparently, it also often serves as a snack or even a full meal in France. If you are a little thrown off or overwhelmed by the prospect of creating a cheese board or even unsure of what tastes good together when eating from one at a gathering, this post is for you. Also, if you’ve ever purchased a knife set which included a cheese knife, you get to put it to use. I just dusted mine off after years of ownership.
Beginner’s Cheese Board Tutorial
What You’ll Need
- Three or more types of cheese (I used a double creme brie, mimolette, and blue)
- Seasonal fresh fruit (apples and grapes usually make an appearance.)
- Dried fruits such as raisins, cranberries, or apricots
- Crackers and or sliced bread
- Honey (optional)
- Wine of your choosing (optional but do it)
Cut hard and semi-soft cheeses into slices or chunks. Softer cheeses, like blue, can be crumbled, spread onto crackers or just placed out with a knife nearby. Also slice any whole fruits, such as apples.
Place the cheeses on the board in order of flavor strength. I arranged my board from strong (mimolette) on the right, to mild (brie) on the left.
Add the other components near the cheeses with which they would taste best. Apple and brie is a notorious combination, hence, the placement on this board.
Notice that a small container of honey is not too far from the blue. 🙂
Have fun with the presentation and make it your own. I added a faux fur table runner and candles (I have an unhealthy number of candles laying around) to complete this setup.
I hope this is helpful for your next snack time or gathering. Thanks for reading!