How to Make a Cheeseboard

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5 from 5 votes
It's Cheeseboard 101.  Let me show you my favorite tips and tricks for making a gorgeous (and easy) cheeseboard that is begging to be devoured.
Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
fully assembled cheeseboard with cheese, meats, fruits and nuts

It’s Cheeseboard 101.  Let me show you my favorite tips and tricks for making a gorgeous (and easy) cheeseboard that is begging to be devoured.

Fully assembled cheeseboard with cheese, meats, fruits and nuts

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A gorgeous cheeseboard (also known as a charcuterie plate) can be the centerpiece of any get-together.  Piled high with meats, fruits, nuts, spreads, and, well, of course, CHEESE – cheeseboards make a great appetizer or simple dinner.

Cheeseboards are great for a gathering of any size.  You can make it for 1-2 people (dinner, anyone?!?!) or a crowd of 20+.  Just adjust the number of cheeses and other items to suit your needs.

What Is a Charcuterie Plate?

A Charcuterie Plate is just a fancy term for the cheeseboard.  It’s a selection of cured meats, cheeses, and other nibbles piled high on a board or platter.  Charcuterie Plates are all the rage on Instagram because they’re so customizable.  The possibilities are endless when it comes to what you can include.

In case you’re wondering how to say it, the charcuterie pronunciation is shahr-ku-tuh-ree.

How to Make a Cheeseboard – Step by Step

  • STEP 1: Select 4-5 different kinds of cheese.  Select one that is fresh and mild (I chose mozzarella balls), one that is surface-ripened, like brie or camembert, a semi-soft or semi-firm variety, like Colby or Monterey Jack, a bold hard cheese like sharp cheddar, and cheese with a dominant flavor, such as a nice bleu, gorgonzola or stilton.  (Photo 1 below)
  • STEP 2: Add height and sweetness with fresh and dried fruits. I used strawberries, grapes, and dried apricots. (Photo 2 below)
  • STEP 3: Place small containers of spreads, olives, and/or honey. I included dark chocolate hummus, fig jam, and mini peppers. (Photo 3 below)

step by step instructions for How to Make a Cheeseboard

  • STEP 4:  Begin filling in larger spaces with crackers or bread. I used a round multi-grain cracker. (Photo 1 below)
  • STEP 5: Add a selection of cured meats. I used soppressata and salami. (Photo 2 below)
  • STEP 6: Fill in empty spaces with nuts and fresh herbs. I used pecans, almonds, and thyme. (Photo 3 below)

Step by step instructions for how to make a cheeseboard

More Cheese Board Ideas

One of the best things about cheese boards is that no two will ever be the same. You can easily swap items for other flavors and to suit your tastes.  The goal is to provide a variety of flavors and textures so your guests can create the perfect bite every time.  Here are some more cheese board ideas to consider:

  • Fresh Fruit:  Strawberries, grapes, blackberries, pomegranate arils, apple slices, orange wedges, plums, and figs
  • Dried Fruit: Apricots, cranberries, cherries, pineapple or mango
  • Cured Meats: Prosciutto, salami, cured ham, smoked sausage, soppressata
  • Spreads and Jams: Mustard, fig jam, honey, caramelized onion spread, chocolate hummus, bacon jam, beer cheese spread
  • Crackers and Bread: Baguette slices, various types of crackers, homemade ranch crackers or breadsticks
  • Other Nibbles: Seasoned olives, mini peppers, Prosciutto Asparagus, nuts, pickles, and fresh herbs

I just love Cabot cheeses for my cheeseboards. I know I can always count on the perfect flavor.

cheeseboard with cabot cheese

I recently made a cheeseboard on WNEP (my local ABC affiliate) Home & Backyard program.  You can check out the segment here.  On that cheeseboard, I included Prosciutto Asparagus, Caramelized Onion Spread, and Homemade Ranch Crackers.  All three recipes are easy (and affordable) to make.

step by step instructions for how to make a cheeseboard

What to Serve a Charcuterie Plate on?

You don’t need to get fancy when creating a gorgeous cheese board.  In fact, if you do it right, you shouldn’t have any of the serving platter showing at all.  You can use a fancy tray, like this one, a piece of slate, or even a large serving platter.  You can also use a wooden cutting board.

A fully assembled cheeseboard

Expert Tips for Making the Best Cheeseboard

Here are some of my favorite tips and cheese board ideas:

  • Fill the board: The goal is to completely cover the entire surface with cheese and other nibbles.
  • Think about texture: Include a variety of soft, hard, chewy, and crunchy options.
  • Think about flavor: Choose options that will pair well together, like cheddar and apples.
  • Assemble the cheeseboard where you are serving it: The last thing you want to do is try to move a completed cheeseboard to another location.
  • Slice cheese on a separate cutting board: If you’re pre-slicing cheese, make sure you cut it on another cutting board so your serving platter stays neat.
  • Visit the deli bar: Your grocery store’s deli bar may have some great nibbles to include on your cheeseboard.  And, you can buy as much or little as you want.
  • Add height: Include something with height to add dimension to your cheeseboard.

Wondering what wines to serve with your cheeseboard?  Check out this article.

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fully assembled cheeseboard with cheese, meats, fruits and nuts

How to Make a Cheeseboard

5 from 5 votes
It's Cheeseboard 101.  Let me show you my favorite tips and tricks for making a gorgeous (and easy) cheeseboard that is begging to be devoured.
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Servings: 6 people
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

CHEESES (select 4-5 varieties for 1-2 ounces total per person)

  • Mozzarella
  • Brie
  • Camembert
  • Goat Cheese
  • Monterey Jack
  • Colby
  • Cheddar
  • Swiss
  • Stilton
  • Bleu
  • Gorgonzola
  • Muenster

MEATS (select 2-3 varieties for 1-2 ounces total per person)

  • Soppressata
  • Salami
  • Prosciutto
  • Ham
  • Smoked sausage or kielbasa

OTHER INGREDIENTS

  • Crackers or baguette 2-3 varieties
  • Fresh vegetables and fruits
  • Dried fruits
  • Nuts
  • Olives
  • Pickles
  • Jams
  • Mustard
  • Honey
  • Fresh herbs

Instructions

  • Begin by arranging the cheese on the board. I usually try to have one in each corner.
  • Add fresh fruits and vegetables and dried fruits.
  • Next, add small bowls of jams, mustards, honey, etc.
  • Add crackers and breads.
  • Fill in the gaps with nuts and fresh herbs.

Expert Tips

  • Fill the board: The goal is to completely cover the entire surface with cheese and other nibbles.
  • Think about texture: Include a variety of soft, hard, chewy and crunchy options.  
  • Think about flavor: Choose options that will pair well together, like cheddar and apples.
  • Assemble the cheeseboard where you are serving it: The last thing you want to do is try to move a completed cheeseboard to another location.
  • Slice cheese on a separate cutting board: If you're pre-slicing cheese, make sure you cut it on another cutting board so your serving platter stays neat.
  • Visit the deli bar: Your grocery store's deli bar may have some great nibbles to include on your cheeseboard.  And, you can buy as much or little as you want.
  • Add height: Include something with height to add dimension to your cheeseboard. 

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7 thoughts on “How to Make a Cheeseboard”

  1. 5 stars
    This cheeseboard looks absolutely amazing! I can’t believe how quickly and easily it comes together. You really went into detail giving people like me hope that it can be accomplished.

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