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fully assembled cheeseboard with cheese, meats, fruits and nuts
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How to Make a Cheeseboard

Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Appetizers and Dips
Cuisine: American
Keyword: appetizer, cheese, cheeseboard
Servings: 6 people
Author: Christina Hitchcock


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


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


  • 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.
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  • 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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