Beginner’s Cheese Board

Beginner’s Cheese Board

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

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 a beginner's cheese board by Dash of Jazz

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.)
  • Nuts
  • Dried fruits such as raisins, cranberries, or apricots
  • Crackers and or sliced bread
  • Honey (optional)
  • Wine of your choosing (optional but do it)

Instructions

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.

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 a beginner's cheese board by Dash of Jazz

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.

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 a beginner's cheese board by Dash of Jazz

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.

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 a beginner's cheese board by Dash of Jazz

Notice that a small container of honey is not too far from the blue. 🙂

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 a beginner's cheese board by Dash of Jazz

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.

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 a beginner's cheese board by Dash of Jazz

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 a beginner's cheese board by Dash of Jazz

I hope this is helpful for your next snack time or gathering. Thanks for reading!

Signature Dash of Jazz



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